RuPaul: I 'Probably' Wouldn't Allow Transitioning Queen on 'Drag Race'

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"RuPaul's Drag Race" star Peppermint with the show's judge, Michelle Visage. Photo via Instagram / @peppermint247

(EDGE) In a recent interview with the Guardian, RuPaul said he wasn't sure if he would cast a transgender drag queen who has fully transitioned on his popular Emmy Award-winning reality show, "RuPaul's Drag Race."

During the interview, Ru, 57, said the topic of trans drag queens is "an interesting area," saying he feels performers can identify as a woman and do drag but that he isn't sure they can do drag with a female body.

The Emmy Award-winning host was then asked if he'd allow a contestant who has fully transitioned.

"Probably not. You can identify as a woman and say you're transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body," he said. "It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we're doing. We've had some girls who've had some injections in the face and maybe a little bit in the butt here and there, but they haven't transitioned.'"

Ru went on to say that he believes drag loses its "danger" when it's not men performing.

"At its core it's a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture," he told the Guardian. "So for men to do it, it's really punk rock, because it's a real rejection of masculinity."

Ru's comments come after Season 9 contestant Peppermint, who identifies as a trans woman, made it to the finals during that season last year. In the Guardian interview, Ru even brought up the "Drag Race" star.

"Peppermint didn't get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn't really transitioned," he said.

Peppermint, who entered the competition as an out trans woman, isn't the only "Drag Race" contestant to come out as trans. Monica Beverly Hillz came out as trans on the show in Season 5. Other stars like Sonique, Carmen Carrera, Stacy Layne Matthews, Jiggly Caliente, Kenya Michaels and Gia Gunn have also come out as trans.

Though Peppermint hasn't directly responded to Ru's comment, she did tweet a message with four emojis: three sad face emojis and another emoji with zipped lips. The tweet earned 5,000 likes and 550 retweets.

 Peppermint went on to retweet other queens' response to Ru, including Jiggly Caliente.


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