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Last week Rupaul said during a interview on "WTF with Marc Maron" embed below...

"No, no no its not the transsexual community. These are fringe people who are looking for story lines to strengthen their identity as victims." When asked about who objected to his cavalier use of 'tranny'.

Rupaul violatied the spirit, if not the letter of the appology and promise made by his employer, when Logo removed the defamatory "Shemail" episodes.......

“thanking the community for sharing their concerns.” Further, the network announced that it has expunged the “She-Male” challenge from all platforms and will eliminate the “You’ve Got She-Mail” segment for future episodes. A representative for Logo added, “We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.”

There is sort of a communion within the transgender community, respected by most, even those who don't believe in the umbrella. We have a unspoken credo, do no harm. Even if we are deeply offended or disagree, speak freely but do so in a way that doesn't inflict injury That can be difficult at times because we are in what I see as an adolescence, the CDDTIQA community, transitioning to adulthood, earning respect from one another and in the process the world as a whole.

Two spirits, transgender, transsexual, Intersex, Questioning, Asexual, Cross Dressers and Drag among others...

Arguably, drag queens have a place under the trans umbrella. Most artists are great people but then there's Rupaul.

Rupaul, a self proclaimed cisgender gay man said some highly offensive things last week. Clearly, there's no longer a place under the transgender umbrella for Rupaul.

Marc Maron asked Rupaul  on his podcast Wednesday about the most recent flare up over gay's using tranny. I assume Maron was alluding to  the Australian transgender community's request that gay men use remove the defamation 'tranny' from "Tranny Bingo" or could it be his unwillingness to learn from Neil Patrick Harris, Lance Bass, and Kelly Osbourne?. Or perhaps his belief that the difference between a trans person and a  drag queen is $25,000 and a good surgeon?. Or could he have been asking in reference to his employer's reaction to his trans defamation?

Whatever his reasons Rupaul went on the attack telling him it wasn't the trans community who are upset over his defamation. It was a 'fringe element' looking to reinforce their 'victimhood'. Rupaul could not have said a single more offensive thing than that.

"No, no no its not the transsexual community. These are fringe people who are looking for story lines to strengthen their identity as victims."

Rupaul continues "recently my show got into a..these are four people who have a wifi connection sit behind a computer in god knows where and deliberately misinterpret our verbiage and decide we're ah, you hurt me." Then in his best mealy mouth weaselly voice. "We didn't do anything to hurt you that's how you decided to interpret it."

Last year Rupaul screamed bloody murder when Amanda Bynes called the writers at people magazine FAGGOTS. Of course Huffpost GAY came to his defense....

So why are trans people so upset and what would we have LOGO do?

Continued at planetransgender.blogspot.....

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." Mark Twain

    by kellibusey on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:49:36 AM PDT

  •  this reminds me of the dispute over the use (3+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH, swampyankee, kellibusey

    of the "N word" by African Americans.  A great deal of ink has been expended on the topic with RW whites claiming carte blanche with the word, saying if it is OK for rappers and younger African Americans to use it, then it is OK for old white men to use it without censure.

    In that case, I believe the best explanation was from the African American community pointing out that some of those who used the word did so for profit and the whites complaining about a double standard lacked even a profit motive as an excuse.  As far as young African Americans using the term, it was explained as "youthful ignorance" of their heritage and the observation that adult African Americans did not use the term.  In the same way, it would seem adult whites would follow the custom.

    RuPaul, I don't know about except that he is an entertainer and entertainers either only work a schtick so long as it earns money or they fall into disfavor (ask Andrew Dice Clay about this maxim).  It is a shame that someone with the public visibility of RuPaul does not take advantage of his good fortune to work as an advocate instead of trying for quick notoriety  

    •  We did a survey a while back (2+ / 0-)
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      entlord, Wee Mama

      Which indicated trans people felt the same about the T word

      http://planetransgender.blogspot.com/...

      When I was in the army my best friend and most everyone else I hung with were black. I wasn't by choice, they were just some really good people. One day Rufus out of the blue tells me hey K you can use the N word, its ok. I guess that there was a discussion about it anyways I told Rufus I appreaciated that but that word just carried such negitive bagage for me I just wouldn't be comfortable saying it.

      He smiled at me like only Rufus could do and said cool K

      You know I used the T word in a recent post about myself. I was so hurt and down I felt like it was 2007 all over again. Thats the only time in recent memory I used it. Thankfully.

      "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." Mark Twain

      by kellibusey on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:11:26 AM PDT

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    •  Lynn Conway uses the gearbox word on her site (2+ / 0-)
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      I wrote rules for another forum forbidding its use and stand by that, but it's confusing to see it in the context of well-meant advice for young trans* people.

      Anyone considering a dog for personal safety should treat that decision as seriously as they would buying a gun.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Sun May 25, 2014 at 12:49:44 PM PDT

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    •  I think there's also an issue of (0+ / 0-)

      reclamation.  Some black people use the "n-word" as a way to take the punch out of the word.  It's an imperfect analogy because the word isn't as loaded, but I know women who will refer to themselves as "bitches"—not in a derogatory way, but as a way to imply that they're tough, take-charge women.  I don't want a man to call me a bitch, but if a woman says it and is using it to say "hey, you're a tough cookie and I like your style" that's entirely different.  

      I'm being long-winded, but the point is that I'm sure some trans people use the "t-word" in a similar way.  There's a question of whether RuPaul is sufficiently a part of the trans community/self-identifies as trans to use the term.  Based on the information in the diary, I understand why some people are saying no.

      •  I thought about reclamation but decided not to (0+ / 0-)

        use it because it appears that such reclamation also has a timeline associated with it.  I cannot say if that means African Americans who experienced Jim Crow "progressed" beyond the need to reclaim the word or if they simply cannot use the word because of the pain associated with it.  Generational differences run deep when I compare racial attitudes as recent as my grandparents' generation and my own

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