Viktor Kerney

RuPaul, Please Have A Seat

Filed By Viktor Kerney | May 27, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: faggot, language, RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race, slurs, tranny, words matter


It has been very interesting to watch RuPaul's responses over the word "tranny" lately. Since the backlash of the "You've Got She-Mail" segment in RuPaul's Drag Race, he has doubled down on his "love" of the word and railed against the PC police.

Recently, RuPaul was on WTF with Marc Maron. In the podcast, Maron asked RuPaul about using the word "tranny." It's safe to say, he still doesn't get it.

Ru said:

"Does the word 'tranny' bother me? No. I love the word 'tranny.' ... It's not the transsexual community who's saying that. These are fringe people who are looking for storylines to strengthen their identity as victims. That is what we are dealing with. It's not the trans community. 'Cause most people who are trans have been through hell and high water...

"But some people haven't and they've used their victimhood to create a situation where, 'No! You look at me! I want you to see me the way you're supposed to see me!' You know, if your idea of happiness has to do with someone else changing what they say, what they do, you are in for a fucking hard-ass road...

"I dance to the beat of a different drummer. I believe everybody -- you can be whatever the hell you wanna be, I ain't stopping you. But don't you dare tell me what I can do or what I can't -- say or can't do. It's just words, like, 'Yeah, you hurt me!' Bitch, you need to get stronger. If you're upset by something I said you have bigger problems than you think."

Later, he tweeted that he's been called a "tranny" for thirty-some years.

"I love the word 'tranny.'"

Hmm, that's an interesting thing to say. I wonder how folks would feel if someone like Justin Timberlake or Jimmy Fallon said, "I love the word 'faggot.' I was called that as a kid and it made me tougher. So gays, toughen up!" I don't know about you, but I would be pissed!

Why does Ru need to defend this word? Why does he need to be right in this situation? He knows that "tranny" is considered a slur. I don't care what it was when he was 20 years-old, it means something derogatory now.

"Fag" wasn't always a negative term, but it became one. "Negro" and "colored" were the 'proper' words to describe African-Americans back in the day; now, those words are considered offensive.

RuPaul's attitude on this issue is completely disappointing. How can he justify telling the trans community how to feel, or how to react to a slur? And to those who support RuPaul's stance, please. This is not about being too sensitive or policing words. This is about showing common decency to our trans family. If they don't like the word, then let's respect that and move on.

The trans community shouldn't have justify their reasons to us, and we shouldn't force them to. It's almost like we have forgotten about the decades of our civil rights battles.

RuPaul needs to realize that things change and the world is much bigger than his drag ego. Instead of tweeting ridiculous statements, he should take some time reflecting on his actions. And speaking of tweeting, Ru may want think about this particular statement he posted a year ago.


Interesting, to say the least.

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