DRAG artist RuPaul has spoken out during her online podcast What’s the Tee? about being banned for using “the T-word”.
In May, her TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race was met with criticism for a segment where contestants were asked to guess from a photo whether someone was a “biological” or “psychological” woman, using the T-word.
In her recent podcast, while talking about how she used to frequent Peanuts/Club 7969 in LA’s West Hollywood, RuPaul jokingly used the word “granny” as a replacement for what many deem to be an offensive word. Her podcast co-host, Drag Race judge Michelle Visage, and guest Chi Chi LaRue laughed in response.
“They had granny strippers… because we are being politically correct they had granny strippers,” RuPaul said.
Chi Chi laRue then chimed in: “Oh my God I love it… was it actually old women?”
RuPaul responded: “No, I’ve just decided… because we can’t say the T-word… we just replace ‘T’ with ‘G’.”
Many venues across the US have rebranded their businesses, such as the iconic San Francisco bar Trannyshack, which changed its name to T-Shack in May.
Sydney drag queen Penny Tration still brands her bingo event Facebook page and website with the Tranny Bingo name, despite an unsuccessful petition on Change.org in April calling organisers to stop using the term “tranny” and instead use “non-hateful and/or derogative language/words to describe their events that don’t directly impact the trans* community”.
The debate made its way to the now-canceled national channel 10 morning show, Wake Up:
You can download the RuPaul podcast via iTunes. The “granny” section starts around the 15.50 mark.