We’re big, big fans of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Nothing kills time on a bus or a treadmill or in an airport better than listening to some of your favorite people intimately, often hilariously relay their life stories to Maron.
And this week Maron offered up a doozy with RuPaul Charles, who spent nearly an hour and a half offering a remarkably eccentric (in a way only RuPaul could pull off) and often very inspiring dialogue about how RuPaul became RuPaul. And then towards the very end of the podcast, Maron (who Charles brings the best out of, truly), asks her about the word “tranny,” and the result was a pretty spectacular monologue that may or may not coincide with your beliefs, but you have to hand it to Charles for not censoring himself:
“Does the word ‘tranny’ bother me? No. I love the word ‘tranny.’ … It’s not the transexual 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.”
Listen to the entire podcast here, and we should also note given the manifesto of this blog that WTF regularly features some of the most fascinating LGBT folks around. If you’re get your started in that regard: click Mike White, Dan Savage, Simon Amstell, David Sedaris and Sandra Bernhard.