RuPaul’s Drag Race recently received backlash after airing a challenge called “Female or She-male,” where contestants were shown closeup images of celebrities and were asked to identify them as either a “biological woman” or a “psychological woman.” Umm…say what?
Last week, RuPaul and the show’s producers released a statement saying, “We delight in celebrating every color in the LGBT rainbow. When it comes to the movement of our trans sisters and trans brothers, we are newly sensitized and more committed than ever to help spread love, acceptance and understanding.”
Logo TV also released a response: “We have heard the concerns around this segment. We are committed to sharing a diverse range of trans stories across all of our screens and look forward to featuring positive and groundbreaking stories of trans people in the future.”
It’s unclear whether Logo will cease using such terms in future programming.
Trans advocates like TransGriot’s Monica Roberts have consistently spoken out about transphobia on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Trans vlogger Kat Blaque also released a video response stating, “I’m so sick of reading these blogs, these posts from gay, white men telling me as a trans woman that I can’t be offended about something that oppresses me. Fuck you.” Preach.