Logo TV Distances Itself From RuPaul for Defending the Word 'Tranny'

“Does the word ‘tranny’ bother me? No. I love the word ‘tranny,’” RuPaul said in a recent interview on the WTF With Marc Maron Podcast.

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Logo TV has distanced itself from RuPaul after a recent interview in which he defended the use of the word ‘tranny.’

In the interview, RuPaul directly responded to the criticism he has received over the past few months for his use of the word ‘she-male’ in a mini-challenge on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6.

“Don’t you dare tell me what I can do or what I can say” RuPaul said. “It’s just words. Yeah, words do hurt. ‘Words hurt me.’ You know what? Bitch, you need to get stronger. You really do. Because you know what? If you think, if you’re upset by something I said, you have bigger problems than you think. I’m telling you this.”

Logo TV doesn’t stand with RuPaul and these remarks. A spokesperson for the network told Buzzfeed, “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.”

According to RuPaul, “fringe people” are responsible for the backlash, not the transgender community:

[quote]That is what we’re dealing with. It’s not the trans community, because most people who are trans have been through hell and high water and they know — they’ve looked behind the curtain at Oz and went, ‘Oh, this is all a fucking joke.’ But some people haven’t, and they’ve used their victimhood to create a situation: ‘No, you look at me. I want you to see me the way you’re supposed to see me.’ You know, if your idea of happiness has to do with someone else changing what they say, what they do, you are in for a fucking hard-ass road.”[/quote]

Parker Marie Molloy, a writer at Advocate.com, has been credited with bringing the controversy into mainstream media. The queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race have been walking on thin ice since then, and Alaska Thunderfuck recently issued an apology after one of her YouTube videos received backlash for “hurting people’s feeling.”