Video :: Trans ’Drag Race’ Contestant Used ’Tranny’ in Interview
After weighing in on the ongoing "tranny" debate earlier this year, a video surfaced this week showing transgender star and former "RuPual’s Drag Race" contestant using the controversial word in an interview, Instinct magazine reports.
Carrera, who has made headlines for becoming a trans model and for promoting transgender rights on a national level, has been critical of the word "tranny," especially when it is being used by drag queens like RuPaul, who has come under fire over the last few months.
In April, Carrera, who appeared on season three of the popular Logo reality show, took to Facebook to respond to anti-trans language used on "Drag Race."
I am certain ’RuPaul’s Drag Race’ didn’t mean to be offensive, let this be a learning experience. I think the show has opened up and educated the minds of many people who were ignorant to the world of drag and has made equality and respect a possibility for those involved, not only as equal beings, but as phenomenal artists. There has always been a huge presence of trans artists in the drag scene. ’Shemale’ is an incredibly offensive term, and this whole business about if you can tell whether a woman is biological or not is getting kind of old. We live in a new world where understanding and acceptance are on the rise. ’Drag Race’ should be a little smarter about the terms they use and comprehend the fight for respect trans people are facing every minute of today. They should use their platform to educate their viewers truthfully on all facets of drag performance art. ?#?SheHasSpoken?
Despite the criticisms, RuPaul defended the use of the word in an interview with Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast.
The iconic drag queen also took to social media after Logo released a statement to BuzzFeed "distancing" itself from Ru.
"Forget an outside threat, the ’Gay Movement’ will eat itself from the inside out #OrwellAnimalFarm," Ru wrote. "Orwell’s book ’Animal Farm’: The pigs didn’t really want a revolution, they just wanted to BE ’Farmer John.’ The absurdity! It’s as if Jay Z got offended by Kanye using the word ’Nigga.’"
Ru added: "It’s not the word itself, but the intention behind the word. Trust! @LogoTV hasn’t "distanced" itself from me, not while I’m still payin’ the f%kin’ light bill over there. I’ve been a ’tranny’ for 32 years. The word ’tranny’ has never just meant transsexual. #TransvestiteHerstoryLesson. I’m more ’offended/hurt;[ by the misuse of the word ’community.’ Pop will eat itself... So will the ’Gay Movement.’ My intention is to always come from a place of love, but sometimes you just have to break it down for a motherf%ker."