'RuPaul's Drag Race' Drops The Term 'She-Male' Following Controversy


Logo has made the decision to remove the segment, “You’ve Got She-Mail” along with the term “she-male” from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The decision comes after the show featured a challenge called “Female or She-Male” and trans advocates protested the use of the phrase citing it as hurtful and transphobic.

As the Huffington Post reports, the controversy emerged after a March 17 mini-challenge called “Female or She-Male” presented current Drag Race contestants with cropped photos and tasked them with guessing whether the person pictured was biologically born female or was a past Drag Racer. This sparked criticism over the use of the word “she-male,” which many members of the transgender community believe carries violent and/or discriminatory connotations.

As a result of the protest, Logo issued a statement “thank[ing] the community for sharing their concerns.” Further, the network announced that it has expunged the “She-Male” challenge from all platforms and will eliminate the “You’ve Got She-Mail” segment for future episodes. A representative for Logo added, “We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.”

How do you feel about their decision?

[via EW]

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