“RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Logo TV have recently come under fire for the use of the term “she-male”. The repeated use of the term caused an uproar in the transgender community. Activists called the term transphobic and disrespectful to transgender people.
During one incident in particular, there was a mini-challenge titled “Female or She-male”. Contestants had to identify whether a photo showed a non-trans woman, or a former “Drag Race” contestant after viewing a cropped portion of the photo.
After receiving negative feedback about the challenge, RuPaul & Logo TV made a statement after the segment aired:
“We delight in celebrating every color in the LGBT rainbow,” RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe and Mandy Salangsang said in the statement. “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.”
Logo TV, the Viacom-owned channel that broadcasts “Drag Race,” also released a statement:
“We have heard the concerns around this segment. We are committed to sharing a diverse range of trans stories across all of our screens and look forward to featuring positive and groundbreaking stories of trans people in the future.”
Now “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Logo TV changing their program to address the allegations even further:
A new 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.
Carmen Carrera, a former contestant who is also transgender responded to the mini-challenge, claiming, “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.”