And that’s not even up for debate. Rupaul Andre Charles was born on November 17th 1960, during the year of the rat. And with his recent refusal to budge on the issue of avoiding inappropriate transgender slurs on his highly popular tv show, he has shown himself to be someone who lives up to every characteristics of a rat.
He is not some aspiring, struggling, queer artist so desperate for attention that he needs to resort to using fowl language to be noticed. At least, not anymore. He’s the first lady of drag. And as such, he should conduct himself with a little more class.
From a legal and judicial point of view, the T-word is equivalent to the N-word. If somebody beats the crap out of someone while shouting one of these words, it will be recognized as being a hate crime. Regardless if one term is more culturally acceptable than the other.
As a drag queen who also happens to be trans, I’m a huge fan of Ru-ru. To the point that he’s pretty much become a religious figure to me. Seriously, I must have read his biography at least 6 or 7 times. And the part that really clicked with me, was that he identified himself as a nicer, southern queen who avoided living up to the stereotype of the vitriol-spewing, audience-mocking, toxic drag queen. I guess he’s turned his back on that philosophy, big time.
NATNOTE: Personally, I’m willing to give Rupaul a second chance, that’s why I’m still following him on twitter, and why I’ll continue watching the show.
As it turns out, Ru-ru and Logo did finally see the light, apologized, and agreed to stop using inappropriate language on the hit show “Rupaul’s Drag Race”. I personally believe in forgiveness and turning the other page. I actually felt kind of bad about the way I approached that subject myself. I was planning on amending some of the harsher comments I had voiced in this article, but I was beaten to the punch. Nevertheless, I made sure to remove some of the harsher paragraphs originally posted in this article. This site doesn’t have that much visibility, so I’m doubting Rupaul’s feelings were hurt, but regardless, I regret resorting to mud-slinging to make a point. Sorry Ru-ru!
Realistically though, I don’t think it’s physically possible to make Rupaul look bad, even when resorting to using a mouse-eared caricature. He is that fabulous. It’s not humanly possible to make him look awful, the only thing that he projects his visual glamour. I’m sure he could make wearing a lumberjack shirt with heels look stunningly divine. Plus he very handsome as a guy too.
In an effort to redeem myself I want to talk about the outstanding characteristics of people born the year of the rat. That sign is the #1 sign in Chinese astrology, and for good reasons. People born that year seem to excel at absolutely everything. And there’s no doubt Rupaul is the full package. Beyond the obvious goddess-like good looks, he’s got everything else going on. A great sense of humor, a great voice, an unbeatable stylistic and artistic flair, as well as compassion and grounded sense of humanity. He’s my idol for a good reason.
Now I’m not even sure I want to keep this article posted. I honestly think the piece I drew is cute. And actually, I draw all celebrities as their Chinese astrology animal, but regardless, I’ll have to think about whether I’m keeping this article online or not.
Netflix needs to add a “trans” section
First off, I’d like to congratulate Netflix on adding sex-reassignment surgery as one of the health benefits they offer to their employees. That is really awesome of them to do so.
But that leaves the question of what is it they’re offering in terms of search options, to their users that are trans? Finding movies and tv shows that relate to trans-identity on netflix, is a pain. There’s a section for gays and lesbians, and that’s great for them, but there’s nothing for us. Trans related content shows up in various other categories, and it’s being left to us to go on an archeological search to dig up their hidden treasures. Are they ashamed of us?
To me it doesn’t make sense. On top of the few dozens of trans related movies and tv shows they already have listed, they also produce original content with amazingly well-written trans, and gender non-conforming characters ( Sense8, Knights of Sidonia, Orange is the new black ). Don’t they want to keep us as customers? And if so, wouldn’t it make sense that they add a category that makes it easy for us to find the content we’re looking for?
What do you think? Feel free to vote on the poll below or to write your opinion in the comment section.
NATNOTE: If we manage to get 50 votes in favor, I’ll make sure to forward this article to netflix. So be sure to vote and share accordingly. ^_^
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