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'RuPaul's Drag Race' to Drop Usage of Transphobic Slur

Logo announced today that it would be dropping usage of the term 'She-Mail', a pun on a slur often used against trans people, after anger from trangender advocates, the HuffPost reports.

Said Logo in a statement:

RupaulWe wanted to thank the community for sharing their concerns around a recent segment and the use of the term 'she-mail' on Drag Race.

Logo has pulled the episode from all of our platforms and that challenge will not appear again. Furthermore, we are removing the 'You've got she-mail' intro from new episodes of the series.

We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.

In related news, more than 100 trans women have signed a letter denouncing two recent articles about the show's use of transphobic slurs.

Write the letter's signatories:

We, the undersigned trans women and trans-feminine individuals, are appalled at recent attacks on trans woman journalist Parker Marie Molloy published by Calpernia Addams and Andrea James on the Huffington Post and Boing Boing. Addams’ and James’ hit pieces exhibit a pervasive hostility to young, queer trans women, and indeed any trans woman who is uncomfortable with the use of transmisogynist slurs by cisgender drag queens like RuPaul. They display homophobia, transphobia, ignorance, dishonesty, and hatred throughout.

Addams' and James' articles were published in response to commentary from Advocate writer Parker Marie Molloy over the RuPaul controversy. Said Molloy in a tweet from March 18 (which coincided with an article published the same day): "I f--king hate @RuPaul. Like... there really are very few people I truly hate. He is one of them."

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  1. *fooling

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Apr 14, 2014 7:19:00 PM

  2. I'll give them that Andrea's article was TERRIBLE, but Calpernia's was not at all "transphobic". It was instructional.

    Posted by: mododavid | Apr 14, 2014 8:38:42 PM

  3. I bet a good majority of these offended trannies do absolutely nothing politically active for their own community. They probably sit around all day taking selfies and trying to work some straight-boy trade on the internet, all the while picking and choosing things to be offended by.

    Posted by: XXX | Apr 14, 2014 9:37:33 PM

  4. How ironic that these offended transwomen take such exception to the use of slurs, and then use terms like "queer" to describe themselves and others.

    Who put them on the committee that decided "she-male" is offensive to transwomen and cannot be "owned" by drag queens, but "queer" can be "owned" by transwomen, no matter how offensive that term is to many people, including me?

    And then they use all sorts of arcane terminology like "cis gender" (I can't even keep track of what means what anymore) to categorize drag queens, with no thought to those who find such terms offensive.

    But thanks for "mansplaining" these things for us, ladies.

    Posted by: TC | Apr 14, 2014 10:57:58 PM

  5. OK, I did a google search on cisgender to refresh myself on what it's supposed to mean.

    Supposedly it means "individuals who have a match between the gender they were assigned at birth, their bodies, and their personal identity". So these people who don't feel like their "assigned at birth" gender matches their identities have decided that the rest of us identify with our assigned genders?
    I have seen so many oprah/jenny jones type shows where a transgender person asks the audience to imagine waking up in the body of the opposite sex and think of how they would feel, and so many people then respond "oh, now I get it". Me? I still don't get it. If I woke up with a vagina and tits, I'd sure wouldn't be happy about it. But I wouldn't have an identity crisis either. I would just get on with my life.
    I have a hairy man's body, that some find very attractive and some find repulsive, and some are indifferent to. That's all part of how other people see me, but it's all pretty arbitrary, and I don't see any of it as reflecting or representing my inner self. This is definitely not the body I would choose, if I had a choice in the matter.
    I think it is strange enough that some people identify with the gender or other body aspects they were born to, and others identify with the gender they were not born to. But whatever, to each their own. But the amount of energy that goes into the impossible task of making others see them as the gender they feel they should be seen, that can't be healthy.

    Posted by: TC | Apr 15, 2014 12:09:37 AM

  6. @JMC But the argument you make is sort of like a straight person saying "well, it's okay if I call gay people 'Homos,' because, lingustically I'm just using the ancient Greek for 'the same.'"

    Uh, no. Language isn't that simple. If trans activists or anyone else wants to refer to a group of people as "cisgender" or particularly by the abbreviation "Cis," then it behooves them to have widespread permission form that group to use that designation. Otherwise, they come across as total hypocrites.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Apr 15, 2014 1:43:28 AM

  7. Why can't we love transexuals, like Jeb Bush loves illegals? Next "The Huffington Post" will be telling us that masculine lesbians give people the creeps. Is there no end?

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 15, 2014 2:34:59 AM

  8. "Addams' and James' articles were published in response to commentary from Advocate writer Parker Marie Molloy over the RuPaul controversy. Said Molloy in a tweet from March 18 (which coincided with an article published the same day): "I f--king hate @RuPaul. Like... there really are very few people I truly hate. He is one of them.""

    What? How could anybody hate RuPaul? WTF is wrong with Molloy?

    Posted by: Zeta | Apr 15, 2014 3:07:43 AM

  9. "they don't like any thing that reminds them they aren't actually women. So the male part of she-male is just too much. I am sure they have a special hatred for "cisgender drag queens" as evidenced in this article. I guess all the hormones make the so emotional and bitchy

    POSTED BY: HOMO GENIUS | APR 14, 2014 1:39:44 PM"

    @Homo Genius, you might be onto something, with your first sentence.

    Posted by: Zeta | Apr 15, 2014 3:10:50 AM

  10. @BobbyJoe, excellent post on 'cis'.

    Posted by: Zeta | Apr 15, 2014 3:17:02 AM

  11. I find cis offensive - it is a name that has been assigned to me against my will.

    It justifies that use of trannie.

    Why are LGB peopler meant to care about trannie issues?

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 15, 2014 4:14:24 AM

  12. It is like watching various wings of an insane asylum waging war on one another.
    Posted by: KC | Apr 14, 2014 6:15:00 PM

    Tell me about it. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    Posted by: Goonies | Apr 15, 2014 8:16:15 AM

  13. As mentioned above, why use the term queer then? ??? The whole thing is silly. There is a blog fagalicious, no one is upset. They are attacking Ru when he is part of the community and obviously an ally, instead of fighting important issues and real enemies. Great use of time and resources

    Posted by: MAR | Apr 15, 2014 9:51:57 AM

  14. Trannies get off on being offended.

    And many of them are deeply homophobic yet expect complete support for their cause by the LGB community, even though their cause was lumped in with our cause without consultation.

    LGBT does not work.

    It's time to drop the T, and wish them well on their journey.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 15, 2014 10:00:46 AM

  15. This is so dumb. EVERYTHING'S offensive.

    People are so touchy..

    Posted by: Travis | Apr 15, 2014 1:44:17 PM

  16. I can't get behind this particular issue. The term "she-mail" in this sense is a play on drag queens, email, the old AOL phrase, and maybe even the fact that drag queens are men dressing up like fabulous women. It doesn't have anything to do with transexuals at all. I am actually sad that RuPaul removed the phrasing from the show. The "offended police" will try to get upset at anything but we don't always have to change it.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 16, 2014 7:08:33 AM

  17. I get the fact that some people in the trans community were offended I think no one should have to flip through the tv and see something that offends them no matter what but Rupaul and logo have admitted their fault and intend to change so why have such hatred towards them when they are trying to make the world a more gay and trans friendly place I seriously doubt logo or Rupaul would ever be hurtful or offensive on purpose being so rude to people who are on your side doesn't make me want to help you out much its very important to educate people and bring attention to this stuff but to spread that kinda hatred is not helping your cause people lets everyone in the lgbtqa stand united and not fight against eachother we already have enough hate against us we shouldn't turn on eachother! spread love AND EDUCATION not hate..

    Posted by: Joshneil19 | Apr 17, 2014 4:27:41 AM

  18. Trans schmanz. Grow up. You're a drag queen.

    Posted by: enchantra | Apr 23, 2014 12:24:50 PM

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