In Monday’s episode of his “WTF” Podcast, Marc Maron sat down with RuPaul to discuss the famed drag queen’s personal heroes and inspirations. RuPaul surprises Maron (and undoubtedly many listeners) by revealing new details about his life. For example, growing up, one of RuPaul’s favorite things to watch on TV was Monty Python, and he has an obsession with the Matrix. RuPaul got personal during the interview, detailing the in’s and out’s of his career, spiritual beliefs, and daily routine.
The part of the podcast that is attracting the most media attention is a segment in which RuPaul discusses his feelings about the word “tranny.” In recent years, this word, along with the similar term “she-mail,” have brought controversy for RuPaul. In 2012, he defended Lance Bass’s much-criticized use of the term “tranny.” Just this year, after objection from trans* advocates, RuPaul’s Drag Race discontinued the use of “she-mail,” which had been a catchphrase on the show during a recurring bit.
On “WTF,” RuPaul commented on his feelings about the term “tranny” for the first time since that controversy. He reiterated his fondness for the term, and he denied the claim that it is the transsexual community at large who objects to the word as a slur. According to RuPaul, “[The people who are offended are] fringe people…looking for story lines to strengthen their identity as victims.” He continued, saying “if your idea of happiness has to do with someone else…changing what they say, what they do, you are in for a f**king hard-ass road.”
This is the latest in what’s been a heated debate amongst the LGBT community, and it seems only likely that this will renew the conversation. Check out the complete version of RuPaul’s interview here.