Did RuPaul Just Compare Trans Drag Queens to Doping Athletes? This Tweet Suggests Yes.
RuPaul has been causing waves in the LGBT community with her thoughts and feelings about trans women being on her show, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Her RuPaul trans drag queens comments rocked the boat this weekend. And in a new tweet she published today, the mother of drag just made the waters she’s wading into a whole lot muddier.
“You can take performance enhancing drugs and still be an athlete, just not in the Olympics,” she tweeted. Many are assuming she is comparing trans drag queens to doping athletes, and that while they still may be able to do drag, they shouldn’t be able to be on her show.
Twitter went off.
One person wrote, “Many queens who have been on your show have struggled w gender identity and many are trans. How disgusting to compare performance enhancing drugs to hormone replacements or other aspects of transitioning. This is incredibly disrespectful.”
Someone else tweeted, “You regularly joke with contestants on the show who have had plastic surgery that helps enhance their drag look about being made of plastic/silicone. Also contestants have done boy drag on your show and won challenges, is that not valid either? DELETE THIS.”
Not everyone was mad at her. One person defended the mother of drag, claiming it’s just an analogy.
“It’s an analogy HELLO!!! Jesus everyone is so bloody sensitive, it’s his show and his format what he created that we love, it’s for DRAG QUEENS not trans queens or female drag we all know that, get over it already, @rupaul never once said anything negative about trans Jesus!”
You can take performance enhancing drugs and still be an athlete, just not in the Olympics. pic.twitter.com/HkJjzXzUGm
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) March 5, 2018
The RuPaul trans drag queens comments come after The Guardian published a controversial article with Ru, where she denounced bio queens, including trans women who have transitioned, doing drag.
So could a trans woman compete on Drag Race? In Peppermint’s case, who competed while being openly trans, RuPaul said:
Peppermint didn’t get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn’t really transitioned. [Would I consider a contestant who had fully transitioned?] Probably not. You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. … 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.
And what about cisgender women who do drag, sometimes called “bio queens”? RuPaul said no:
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.