RuPaul Charles defends use of T-word

In a recent interview on the WTF with Marc MaronPodcast RuPaul Charles defended his use of the word ‘t*****’ in response to recent criticism of the language used on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

According to a BuzzFeed article published on 23 May, RuPaul said, ‘Does the word “t*****” bother me? No. I love the word “t*****” … Don’t you dare tell me what I can do or what I can say … 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.’

In the article, BuzzFeed reported that when approached for comment, a spokesperson for Logo TV 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.’

This is in conjunction with a previous statement committing to remove the term ‘she-male’ from its programming after its use in RuPaul’s Drag Race.

GLAAD were asked for comment but did not respond to BuzzFeed’s requests.

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