Model Carmen Carrera, a former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant and a transgender woman, weighed in on the "Female or She-Male" controversy this week in a post on Facebook. Carrera gives the show's producers the benefit of the doubt, but unequivocally condemns the derogatory term "she-male" and calls on the show to do better.
Since many readers have asked whether Carrera has weighed in, I'll post her statement here in full:
Some of you guys asked me to make a comment so here it goes...
Although I am certain RuPaul's Drag Race didn't mean to be offensive, let this be a learning experience. I think the show has opened up and educated the minds of many people who were ignorant to the world of drag and has made equality and respect a possibility for those involved, not only as equal beings but as phenomenal artists. There has always been a huge presence of trans artists in the drag scene. "Shemale" is an incredibly offensive term, and this whole business about if you can tell whether a woman is biological or not is getting kind of old. We live in a new world where understanding and acceptance are on the rise. Drag Race should be a little smarter about the terms they use and comprehend the fight for respect trans people are facing every minute of today. They should use their platform to educate their viewers truthfully on all facets of drag performance art. #SheHasSpoken