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RuPaul blasted by Drag Race stars over trans remarks

The legendary drag queen suggested that trans queens shouldn't be allowed to compete on the show

2018-03-06

RuPaul has been forced to apologise after making comments that some regarded as transphobic. 

The Emmy-winning host made a controversial statement over the weekend in regard to allowing trans contestants to compete on Drag Race. 

In an interview with The Guardian, he said: “Drag loses its sense of danger and sense of irony once it’s not men doing it. Because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture. So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.”

Following a backlash on social media, Ru made reference to the show being labelled the “the Olympics of drag,” telling followers in a tweet that “performance enhancing drugs” used by athletes are comparable to transgender women using hormones or surgery as an advantage in the show. 

Following his remarks, a number of former Drag Race stars took aim at the self-proclaimed "gate-keeper" of Drag.

As the backlash on social media intensified, RuPaul appeared to backtrack on his remarks and shared an apology to his followers.

The iconic entertainer told fans that he "regrets" the hurt he caused with his comments.