As an artist, I love language, and I cherish free speech. RuPaul has been the number-one defender of these, and at the same time he continues to support every shade of queerness within our community, no matter the class. Drag is punk and should never be subjected to politically correct ideals. The moment it stops provoking is the moment it fails as an art form. Trans people are forever indebted to drag for the mainstream explosion of gender as we see it today.”
– The brilliantly-talented entertainer Our Lady J writing about the danger of overpolicing language for Huffington Post in response to the controversy over RuPaul’s Drag Race
The LGBT movement has moved way beyond what it was in the old days when gender roles needed to be challenged. Today it is a huge progressive moment and as such is gaining more political acceptance daily. The days of drag queens being as outlandish as possible in order to drawn attention o themselves and their message are gone ! We have new messengers today and new forums to get our message out and to create change. Likeiwise Rupaul has a National platform and therefore has the responsiblity of being politically correct with what he says and what he does, he’s not preforming in some dark club on some lonely back street where the effects of his actions won’t hurt the cause or member of our own community. Lastly Transsexuals aren’t indebted to Rupaul for anything for there were transsexuals long before the gay movement ever came into existence. People have been transitioning and living in the opposite gender for over a hundred years. As a lesbian I support drag just like I support Transsexuals but Ru has got to realize that times have changed and he has to change with them.
@Cam: @ Cam the fact that Transsexuals existed long before drag is an important fact, likewise I highly doubt Ru would want to disallow as you put it tradespeople from competing….. How do you think that would have went over nationally not very good I can assure you. Ru has done plenty for drag queens and drag in general to bring it into the public forefront but that doesn’t necessarily means he done all that much for trans people or that they owe him sone kind of debt… they don’t