RuPaul Responds to Backlash Following Hurtful Comments: 'You Are My Teachers'

"I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement."

RuPaul came under fire this weekend for comments made during an interview with The Guardian. When asked if the icon would allow ‘bio-queens’ (biological women who mimic femininity through exaggerated drag characters) on his show, he responded, “Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture. So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.”

He was then asked about his decision to allow season 9 contestant Peppermint -- the show’s first openly transgender woman -- to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“Mmmm. It’s an interesting area,” RuPaul responded. “Peppermint didn’t get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn’t really transitioned.”

Several of the show’s stars commented on the controversy, with the show’s current reigning queen, season 9 winner Sasha Velour tweeting, “My drag was born in a community full of trans women, trans men, and gender non-conforming folks doing drag. That’s the real world of drag, like it or not. I thinks it’s fabulous and I will fight my entire life to protect and uplift it.”

RuPaul has seemingly changed his tune, tweeting, “Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience. I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.”

In a second tweet, he added, “In the 10 years we’ve been casting Drag Race, the only thing we've ever screened for is charisma uniqueness nerve and talent. And that will never change.”

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