RuPaul’s Drag Race Pulls Episode Using Transphobic Slur

RuPaul’s Drag Race, which we cover on the blog (Tune in tonight at 9:30 on LOGO, Montavilla Recap will follow) has addressed concerns from the transgender community about the use of a term considered transphobic

A mini-challenge titled “Female or She-male” had contestants asked to identify whether a photo showed a non-trans woman or a former Drag Race contestant after viewing a cropped portion of the photo.

Some transgender people found the segment problematic, to say the least, noting that “She-Male” is considered by many to be a pejorative term used against members of the community.

Now, RuPaul’s Drag Race and LOGO TV are taking big steps to address the issue, including pulling the offending episode from all platforms and removing the “You’ve got She-Mail” intro from new episodes of the series.

We 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.

Previously, the show’s executive producers released a statement after the segment first aired:

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.

The network added:

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.

In the end, the network and producers decided to make major changes to insure Drag Race is sensitive to everyone included under the LGBT umbrella.

Via Huffington Post

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