The Logo TV network has responded to the follow-up controversy over use of the words “tranny” and “shemale,” expressing that it does not agree with RuPaul‘s recent defense of the words, and is “committed to supporting the entire LGBT community.”
Logo announced it would stop using the phrase “you’ve got she-mail” in episodes of RuPaul‘s Drag Race in April, after some trans activists denounced the language as transphobic. RuPaul responded to the controversy for the first time this week, defending his frequent use of the word tranny. “I love the word ‘tranny,’” he told Marc Marron. “Don’t you dare tell me what I can do or what I can’t — say or can’t do. It’s just words, like, ‘Yeah, you hurt me!’ Bitch, you need to get stronger.”
In a statement issued to BuzzFeed yesterday, a Logo TV spokesperson said:
“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.”
It’s worth noting that RuPaul‘s Drag Race never featured the word “tranny” regularly — though I can’t definitively say that word was never aired, I can’t remember any instances where it was used.
RuPaul, who has likened the ongoing word battle to the plot of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, is not expected to change his position on the use of either “tranny” or “shemale.” As he told Marron in the latest interview, “I dance to the beat of a different drummer!”
Update: RuPaul has responded to BuzzFeed’s statement on Twitter. The library is officially open hunties: