This Sunday on CBS Morning a show titled “All Dressed UP” looked back historically at drag and how RuPaul’s Drag race has, in RuPaul’s opinion, evolved.
But what really caught my attention and invoked my ire was when host queried Rupaul about people who don’t ‘dig’ him to which he replied: “It’s none of my business what other people think of me”. That was it? Oh, there is so much more to this story.
Too bad the show was built on lies ignoring RuPaul’s vicious transphobia and exclusion of transgender in the workplace.
In other words, using verbiage carefully crafted, CBS Sunday Morning just helped RuPaul to mainstream trans exclusion in the workplace.
That fluff piece didn’t mention how RuPaul has used transgender defamation unmercifully to build his glitzy career. Back in 2009, Monica Roberts wrote Gay Media, RuPaul Isn’t A Transgender ‘Expert’, So Stop Trying To Pass Him Off As One calling out the Dallas Voice for using RuPaul’s use of “Tranny” as justification for them doing so as well.
But our demands for respect as a transgender minority enthralled some gay people who reveled in Isreal Luna’s new movie “Ticked Off Trannys With Knives”.
But perhaps Luna unwittingly set into motion our emergence as a minority empowering us to confront icons such as Rupaul. Soon afterward GLAAD who previously profited from their connections with Drag Race turned the corner and demanded that he stop using transgender defamation.
But RuPaul was,t finished attempting to speak for the transgender community when he claimed people who objected to trans defamation were simply “Fringe people” looking to further their roles as willing victims.
Marc Maron asked Rupaul on his podcast May 2019 about the flare-up over gay people saying tranny. I assumed at the time Maron was alluding to the Australian transgender community’s request that gay men remove the defamation ‘tranny’ from “Tranny Bingo” or could it be RuPaul’s unwillingness to learn from Neil Patrick Harris, Lance Bass, and Kelly Osbourne?. Or perhaps his belief that the difference between a trans person and a drag queen is $25,000 and a good surgeon?. Or could he have been asking in reference to his employer’s reaction to his latest transgender defamation?
So how did CBS further trans discrimination in the workplace? Because unbelievably the CBS show failed to mention RuPaul had just came out against trans participation on Drag Race simply because we are, in his opinion different. RuPaul quickly walked his stance back a half step with a half-hearted apology which I personally don’t accept and some of the queens on the show find hard to accept.
See we are all under the transgender umbrella regardless.
And RuPaul, up until you started with all this tranny and she-male bullshit most of what you do on Drag Race went unnoticed by the greater transgender community.
Just don’t you dare speak for us again. You have made it very clear you are not one of us.