It has been very interesting to watch RuPaul's responses over the word "tranny" lately. Since the backlash of the "You've Got She-Mail" segment in RuPaul's Drag Race, he has doubled down on his "love" of the word and railed against the PC police.
Recently, RuPaul was on WTF with Marc Maron. In the podcast, Maron asked RuPaul about using the word "tranny." It's safe to say, he still doesn't get it.
"Does the word 'tranny' bother me? No. I love the word 'tranny.' ... It's not the transsexual community who's saying that. These are fringe people who are looking for storylines to strengthen their identity as victims. That is what we are dealing with. It's not the trans community. 'Cause most people who are trans have been through hell and high water...
"But some people haven't and they've used their victimhood to create a situation where, 'No! You look at me! I want you to see me the way you're supposed to see me!' You know, 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...
"I dance to the beat of a different drummer. I believe everybody -- you can be whatever the hell you wanna be, I ain't stopping you. But don't you dare tell me what I can do or what I can't -- say or can't do. It's just words, like, 'Yeah, you hurt me!' Bitch, you need to get stronger. If you're upset by something I said you have bigger problems than you think."
Later, he tweeted that he's been called a "tranny" for thirty-some years.
I've been a "tranny" for 32 years. The word "tranny" has never just meant transsexual. #TransvestiteHerstoryLesson— RuPaul (@RuPaul) May 24, 2014