Hopefully, this unfortunate incident with Needles will finally engage queer people to discuss issues of race and other intersecting identities rather than believing that it is OK to perpetuate negative language and stereotypes.
RuPaul is a genius. Crowning Sharon Needles as "America's Next Drag Superstar" on RuPaul's Drag Race sends a message. Sharon, a self-identified outsider who was bullied relentlessly as a kid, is now a symbol of triumph over such adversity.
Sharon Needles has come under fire for a Facebook comment she appears to have made in February that has emerged and begun circulating around the Internet. Though there has been no official response from Needles, this could very well impact her image as fans vote.