While I’ve never been a fan (or even watched, to my recollection) of any of the shows that RuPaul Charles has done, it’s hard not to have respect for someone who is probably the most unique pioneer of civil rights that the 20th century had to offer.
Apparently parts of the LBGT community are now wanting RuPaul to censor himself, wanting a kinder, gentler, softer more PC verbiage from the very individual who first introduced the concept of trans-acceptance to Mainstream of American Media.
RuPaul may not be Transexual (he simply wears women’s clothing) and has also eschewed the titled “Female Impersonator” (“How many seven foot tall women with huge hair wearing 10 inch platform shoes have you seen?”), but he is undeniably an in-your-face icon of the movement and has been for some time before what we (or the media, at least) see as “The LGBT Movement” had risen in the public conscious as anything more than a bunch of people who looked like Freddie Mercury dying of AIDS.
This current flap about language used in RuPaul’s show is reminiscent of how he was one of the only people who stood up for gay crossdressing blackface comedian Chuck Knipp (“Critics who think that Shirley Q. Liquor is offensive are idiots. Listen, I’ve been discriminated against by everybody in the world: gay people, black people, whatever. I know discrimination, I know racism, I know it very intimately.”).
Anyway, here is a recent interview with him; I’ve included some highlights below for those who don’t feel like listening to the whole thing.
“If your idea of happiness has to do with someone else changing what they say, what they do, you are in for a fucking hard-ass road.”
“You know what? Bitch, you need to get stronger. You really do, because if you think, if you’re upset by something I said, you have bigger problems than you think.”
“Four people who have a wi-fi connection sitting behind a computer in god knows where and deliberately misinterpret our verbage and decide “You hurt me”. We are not doing anything to you. That is how you interpret that.”
“It’s the same as in the book Animal Farm, where the animals forgot why they had a revolution in the first place. The pigs started walking on hind legs… Secretly they just want to be farmer John.”
Anyway, a bit later, I’ll be writing up a bit about the first B/X session I ran last night.