RuPaul's Drag Race Ditches 'Transphobic Slur'
By Matthew Breen
After being accused of transphobia several weeks ago for a segment called "Female or She-male," RuPaul’s Drag Race producers, along with Logo, issued a statement expressing being "newly sensitized" to problematic language. But the statement was cold comfort for many, particularly because neither Logo nor the show producers, including executive producer-host RuPaul, made any assurances it would not use the inflammatory term in the future.
Now Logo is making a significant change to the show in response to the charges. The channel's NewNowNext site posted this statement:
“We wanted to thank the community for sharing their concerns around a recent segment and the use of the term ‘she-male’ on Drag Race,” said a network spokesperson. “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. We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.”
Additionally, Logo has pulled the episode featuring “Female or She-male” from all it’s platforms, and will not air that segment again.
Following an initial statement regarding the use of the word posted after the segment aired, RuPaul's Drag Race and Logo TV are now making a huge change to their programming in order to address the allegations of transphobia.
RuPaul's Drag Race airs on Logo TV Monday nights at 10 pm ET.