In these past few years, society has been more open to and accepting of the art of drag. One of the reasons is because of Drag Queen superstar RuPaul. RuPaul Charles is the host of the reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. This past weekend, Charles released a negative remark regarding cisgender women and trans women doing drag. According to an interview in The Guardian, Charles made his remark about women doing drag. “Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it because; at its core, it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture. So, for men to do it, it’s really punk rock because it’s a real rejection of masculinity,” said Charles.
This immediately started controversy and had multiple queens giving their opinions on this remark. A day after, RuPaul sent out an apology for his remarks in his interview. Some of the following queens that spoke about RuPaul’s remarks were Ben Dela Creme, Gia Gunn, Courtney Act, and Drag Race winners Bob the Drag Queen and Sasha Velour. Not only did all queens state that they will support the transgender community, but they also said that drag is an art for anyone. This was no surprise because some of these queens have transitioned since their season and feel complete in the skin they are in, which does not make them any less of a drag queen.
One of the queens that spoke out and was affected by this was Drag Race Season 9 runner-up Peppermint. During her time on the show, she came out as a transgender woman and began transitioning. One of the most common remarks that Peppermint has recieved is that she would be looked down upon for being a woman in drag and she would not be considered a drag queen anymore. Personally, Peppermint’s story and her confidence on the show is what makes her one of my favorite drag queens. I commend her for her story and for finding happiness in her true self. Peppermint spoke about RuPaul’s.
“I learned that absolutely no one has the ability or the right to define your womanhood, manhood, or transness but you. I also learned women should not be defined by what surgeries they have or haven’t had.
The most important takeaway is that one’s transition — the beginning, the middle, and end — is entirely personal and cannot be categorized or measured in the context of being blessed by someone else’s validation or approval,” said Peppermint. “RuPaul issued an apology, which I think is an important step in this ongoing conversation. It shows all of us that there is room for growth, education, and — I’m hoping — a bit of evolution.”
As a fan of the show and the art of drag, I personally believe that anyone can do drag regardless of gender, race, or other factors. This show has made a voice for those of the LGBTQIA+ community, and I hope that we continue the fight, take off those labels, and let people perform and love the beauty of drag.