Nearly A Month After Controversy, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Commits To Stop Using Transphobic Slur

“We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.”

1. Following backlash from the trans community, RuPaul’s Drag Race announced the term “she-male” will no longer appear in its programming.

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2. The latest statement, sent to The Huffington Post by Logo, reads:

We wanted to thank the community for sharing their concerns around a recent segment and the use of the term ‘she-mail’ on Drag Race.

Logo has pulled the episode from all of our platforms and that challenge will not appear again.

Furthermore, we are removing the ‘You’ve got she-mail’ intro from new episodes of the series.

We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.

3. The “Female Or She-male” mini-challenge that angered the trans community, aired on March 17, had contestants guess whether a cropped image was a “biological woman” or a “psychological woman.”

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Another segment featured regularly on the show is named after a play on the word “she-male,” or “You’ve Got She Mail.”

4. Following the controversial segment, Logo TV initially resisted committing to removing the slur from programming.

“We delight in celebrating every color in the LGBT rainbow. When it comes to the movement of our trans sisters and trans brothers, we are newly sensitized and more committed than ever to help spread love, acceptance and understanding,” said a statement released by the show’s producers.

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5. RuPaul Charles, host and producer of the show, has not personally spoken out on the subject.

6. GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis released this statement:

“Logo has sent a powerful and affirming message to transgender women during a pivotal moment of visibility for the entire transgender community. GLAAD is committed to continuing to shape the narrative about the lives of transgender people with fair and accurate media images.”

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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