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RuPaul apologises over comments on trans drag queens

RuPaul has apologised over comments he made in an interview with The Guardian on trans contestants on his hit show, RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture. So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.”

RuPaul went further to say

“You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing. We’ve had some girls who’ve had some injections in the face and maybe a little bit in the butt here and there, but they haven’t transitioned.”

Backlash followed shortly after the post went viral with many sharing their thoughts on social media.


Following the backlash RuPaul tweeted

He finally took to his social media to apologise.

While many have joked about one of the images used in his apology tweets adding that he googled “trains flag” instead of “trans flag” (which consists of pink, blue and white stripes), Peppermint, a former contestant on Drag Race has responded to his apology in an exclusive interview with Billboard.

She said:

“The most important takeaway is that ones transition, the beginning, the middle, and end, is entirely personal and cannot be categorized or measured in the context of being blessed by someone else’s validation or approval. RuPaul issued an apology, which I think is an important step in this ongoing conversation. It shows all of us, there is room for growth, education, and I’m hoping a bit of evolution.”

Last year, RuPaul’s hit reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won three Emmys in the costume and editing categories, as well as the award for “Outstanding Host of a Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program.”

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