Logo TV isn’t changing its stance on perceived “anti-trans rhetoric,” even if their biggest star, RuPaul, defended his use of certain terms used on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
The host of Logo TV’s popular drag queen competition show recently appeared on Marc Maron‘s podcast, “WTF,” and finally spoke out about controversy that erupted over potentially offensive language used on the show which resulted in the network pulling all references to “she-mail” from the show.
When Maron asked the drag queen if he’s bothered by the word “tranny,” RuPaul answered, “No! I love the word tranny.”
And when Maron mentioned that the trans community wasn’t happy about some of the language used on “Drag Race,” RuPaul said that the protestors were in the minority.
“No, it is not the transsexual community,” he said. “These are fringe people who are looking for story lines to strengthen their identity as victims. That is what we’re dealing with. It’s not the trans community, because most people who are trans have been through hell and high water and they know — they’ve looked behind the curtain at Oz and went, ‘Oh, this is all a f–king joke.”
He later continued, “Four people who have a wifi connection sit behind a computer in God knows where and deliberately misinterpret out verbage, and decide, ‘You hurt me.” We are not doing anything to you. That’s how you interpreted it. “
In response, a network spokesperson told TheWrap, “We are committed to supporting the entire LGBT community and will not feature any anti-trans rhetoric on our shows.”
Listen to RuPaul’s take on the controversy above.