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RuPaul Throws Shade at LOGO Over 'Tranny' Debate: 'I'm Still Paying the F--kin' Light Bill Over There'

RuPaul reignited debate over use of the word "tranny" on Friday in an interview with Marc Maron in which he blasted activists coming at him for using it.

RupaulSaid Ru in the interview:

...it is not the transsexual community. 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. But, some people haven't... 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 f**king hard-ass road.

Shortly thereafter, Buzzfeed published a statement from a spokesman at LOGO, the network which airs RuPaul's Drag Race, distancing the network from the remarks:

“These comments did not come from Logo. We are committed to supporting the entire LGBT community and will not feature any anti-trans rhetoric on our shows.”

RuPaul took to Twitter the following day and made it clear that Drag Race is the network's bread and butter and can't afford to distance itself from him. He also had a few more things to say on the topic:

Forget an outside threat, the “Gay Movement” will eat itself from the inside out...Orwell’s book “Animal Farm”: The pigs didn’t really want a revolution, they just wanted to BE ‘Farmer John’...The absurdity! It’s as if Jay Z got offended by Kanye using the word “Nigga”...It’s not the word itself, but the intention behind the word...

...Trust! @LogoTV hasn’t “distanced” itself from me, not while I’m still payin’ the f%kin’ light bill over there...I’ve been a “tranny” for 32 years. The word “tranny” has never just meant transsexual. #TransvestiteHerstoryLesson...I’m more “offended/hurt” by the misuse of the word “community”...Pop will eat itself... So will the "Gay Movement"

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  1. Ru is breaking it down for folks.

    Posted by: Albert | May 27, 2014 11:26:57 AM


  2. Well Ru is right.. without Drag Race, LOGO is nothing. LOGO better be careful, they're already pushing it. Also, Buzzfeed and Huffpost need to stop instigating.

    Posted by: Ryan | May 27, 2014 11:27:38 AM


  3. what Ru said...

    Posted by: Truthiness | May 27, 2014 11:28:40 AM


  4. What I'm not getting about this whole thing is Transgender means non-gender binary which includes transsexuals, cross dressers, transvestites, etc

    Ru even self-identifies as a transvestite, which the slang term "tranny" came from. And although it's used against ALL under the umbrella term Transgender, I do not see why Ru is being vilified for calling herself and using the language she should be freely able to.

    It's a shame really that some people would push our sister off a cliff.

    Leave Ru alone, but I'd argue they should handle this privately and try and make everyone happy. Which means listening to ALL of our transgender family.

    Posted by: Cory | May 27, 2014 11:30:33 AM


  5. GO RU! It's totally true! RuPaul keeps that stupid network in business. What else do they have? That dumb "art reality show" with Johnny Weir?

    Posted by: Hrm | May 27, 2014 11:43:21 AM


  6. Apparently Ru's eatin himself cuz that fool can't keep his foot out of his mouth.

    Posted by: Jesus | May 27, 2014 11:43:48 AM


  7. Man, Ru Paul is annoying. What a chip on his shoulder.

    Posted by: Cran | May 27, 2014 11:54:54 AM


  8. I'm with Ru on this.

    Posted by: Rocco | May 27, 2014 11:58:16 AM


  9. The term is only one f.cking syllable more: TRANSWOMAN. Why can't Ru give that little courtesy?

    How do Gay men like it when other Gays call you a queen? You don't like it, do you?

    I think Rupaul is being very very insensitive here...hell, the b.tch is being a bytch.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 27, 2014 11:59:47 AM


  10. agreed with Ru - I have to say I really miss the word Tranny and always found it playful and loving, never hateful

    Posted by: dwarka | May 27, 2014 12:01:12 PM


  11. Because it does not just mean "Transwoman" because when the gender warriors were cobbling Transvestites, Gender Queers, Transexuals, and the lot under the "Transgender" umbrella, "tranny" was another term like many was offensive to some and a term of endearment when used by others.

    Now suddenly the Transvestites are devalued by the Transwomen.

    It's not about respect at this point. It is about nothing but power.

    Posted by: Polyboy | May 27, 2014 12:03:35 PM


  12. I'm with Ru-Paul. It is all about the intent of the word. If the intent of using the word is to demean, then it is bad. If the intent of the word is camaraderie, then it is good.

    You can't have word police that say that any and all use of a word is forbidden. Any word can be used to demean someone, if it is uttered in the right context. Calling a woman a "cow" can be demeaning, but what if she is dressed as a cow for Halloween? It's all about the intent.

    Posted by: Mawm | May 27, 2014 12:04:47 PM


  13. The best line..."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 f**king hard-ass road." So freakin true.

    Posted by: Ted | May 27, 2014 12:08:51 PM


  14. @Derrick From Philly..."How do Gay men like it when other Gays call you a queen? You don't like it, do you?" Don't have a problem with it. Not that thin-skinned.

    Posted by: Ted | May 27, 2014 12:10:04 PM


  15. Then why doesn't Ru say Faggot on his show?

    Posted by: bulk | May 27, 2014 12:18:22 PM


  16. Why is RuPaul insisting on being such an enemy of the LGBT community?

    He's got a hit cult show and more of a career than he could possibly ever expected to have, thanks to the LGBT community. He's not a punk kid finding himself and fighting the man. He is the man.

    Time to grow up and act like it.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | May 27, 2014 12:24:18 PM


  17. I'm with Ru. Tranny has belong to the Drag Community for much longer than the Trans Community.
    Ru has always held transwomen in the highest regard and featured them on his show since the beginning.

    Posted by: Keith | May 27, 2014 12:24:56 PM


  18. Because Faggot was never a term of endearment, broadly speaking, and comes from when gay men were burned at the stake. Sorry but 'tranny' doesn't have the same connotation.

    Posted by: dwarka | May 27, 2014 12:25:28 PM


  19. Sorry that was for BULK

    Posted by: dwarka | May 27, 2014 12:25:56 PM


  20. my mother always taught me that if someone doesn't want to be called a certain name, then you cease calling them that — it's simply good manners.

    i don't even know why there's any discussion on this.

    Posted by: alguien | May 27, 2014 12:30:19 PM


  21. @Alguein

    Exactly.

    Posted by: edford | May 27, 2014 12:39:00 PM


  22. Who knows this may just be the motivation for our Ru to strike out and do his own network, now put that in your peacepipe!
    He's already there and for real, he can give it a go; gethie. getchie ai ya, ai ya!

    Posted by: Troy | May 27, 2014 12:51:03 PM


  23. Ru is wrong.

    Posted by: TWINS | May 27, 2014 1:01:18 PM


  24. @Alguein - that's a personal choice, and anyone who doesn't want to be called tranny can say that - this is about speaking for everyone in the 'community', whether they like it or not.

    Posted by: dwarka | May 27, 2014 1:04:27 PM


  25. Go Ru!

    Posted by: Jack M | May 27, 2014 1:12:18 PM


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