Listen: 'Drag Race' Champ Bob the Drag Queen Urges Black Celebs to Say 'Trans Lives Matter'

Tuesday July 28, 2020

Bob the Drag Queen recaps the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Season 5 finale.
Bob the Drag Queen recaps the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Season 5 finale.   (Source:YouTube Still )

"RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Bob the Drag Queen is speaking out in hopes to raise awareness for trans lives.

Speaking with E! host Justin Sylvester on his podcast "Just the Sip," Bob, who stars on HBO's "We're Here," talked about the important role allies play in fighting for LGBTQ equality and racial equality.

"I do think the issue with trans lives—especially in the Black community—doesn't necessarily lie within racism, but it does lie within prejudice and misogyny, specifically trans-misogyny," Bob said. "And this is not just something for just the trans people to address, or just the queer people to address. Like, we need, in this world, cisgender, straight, Black men to stand up and say 'trans lives matter.'"

Bob went on to urge specifically Black celebrities to speak out and "not just Black academics like Barack Obama and Angela Davis." While Bob specifically mentioned rappers like Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa, Sylvester mentioned comedian Dave Chappelle, who has come under fire for standup material about trans people.

"Don't even get me started at Dave Chappelle," Bob said. "This is a real blow to my system because, like, Dave Chappelle is someone that I've always looked up to, and his comedy is so...

"Lately he's been really doubling down on this idea that trans people are a joke, or that trans' existence is funny or that trans people just living their lives is funny to him," Bob added. "And then when Dave Chappelle—who's one of the most respected Black people in comedy and entertainment—goes on TV or when Netflix gives him money to say 'I can't stop laughing at trans people, they're just so funny!' then it validates that idea for other people, and then other people double down and agree with him."

Bob went on to say the comedian could have used his platform to say, "'trans people are valid.'"

"And he could also still be funny within [the] context of these things," the performer continued. "You don't have to punch down. Like, you're Dave Chappelle—all of your content leading up to this year, you didn't have any trans-misogynistic jokes in any of that stuff. You don't need that stuff."

Listen to the "Just the Sip" episode with Bob below.

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