RuPaul’s Words are Backward and Divisive
Speaking to Dinner Party Download last month, RuPaul had some choice words for bachelorette parties who go to gay bars.
Although getting hold of the video or audio interview is almost impossible, the Huffington Post have written an article outlining his main points. On this, RuPaul decided to take a divisive and somewhat backward tone in two concerning ways:
1 – He advocates exclusion from a ‘community’ of people who have faced side-lining and silence for hundreds of years: In history and in certain communities, if homosexuality was not a punishable crime it was something that forced you into segregation.
Now, in more tolerant times, why would we choose to segregate people who want to become involved in these clubs? This isn’t straight people objectifying gay people, as he suggests, it is people normalising and accepting the behaviour of other sexualities. In the 21st century, how can this possibly be negative?
2 – His language serves only to de-equalise sexuality: I am not suggesting that sexualities are globally equal.
But, when RuPaul refers to straight folk as ‘People who live in the mainstream and the status quo’, this automatically sets gay people apart from being away from normality.
Whether this is meant as a compliment or a criticism, it is wrong. If a straight person suggested that gay people were absent from the ‘status quo’ there would be absolute outrage.
RuPaul’s take on this is concerning because he remains a figurehead of the LGBT world. The amount of people agreeing with his views on social media sets a sad tone for the state of equality that we see today. If you believe straight people should be banned from gay clubs, you inherently believe that gay people should be excluded from straight clubs? Right?
Maybe RuPaul is right. Maybe we should take a step backwards and make gay people and straight people live in their own little worlds without interacting or accepting the other.
If we’re going to do this however, the voice for inclusion and normalisation will not be silenced.