RuPaul’s Drag Race cast Maddy Morphosis, the show’s first cisgender male drag queen for Season 14. The choice has since spurred social media debate, with many people questioning whether the queen should be allowed on the show given its strict LGBTQ+ history.

The cast of Season 14 was announced on Dec. 3 and many fans were excited to meet the season’s new set of drag queens. RuPaul’s Drag Race has been known to break barriers. In the past, the show has featured trans drag queens and drag kings. But is a straight male drag queen pushing it too far?

Who is Maddy Morphosis?

The first straight drag queen is an Arkansas-based performer known for her over-the-top outfits and pop-culture references. Her Instagram is full of some of her drag creations, including a sexy Colonel Sanders and Joan Jett. According to her Instagram bio, she has been actively doing drag since 2017.

Since the controversy around her casting for RuPaul’s Drag Race, Maddy has opened up about her experience with drag and how she’s not trying to steal the space from gay drag queens. Maddy Morphosis told her fans that she started doing drag shows shortly after high school and it helped her understand her gender identity.

In an Instagram post, she wrote that “the people I met and the experiences I had helped me understand more about gender and sexuality, what it meant to me, and where I fit in with everything.”

“Drag wasn’t even something I considered when I first started going out,” the straight male drag queen continued. “It just happened to be in the scene I was in that I fell in love with. But doing drag the past 5 years has given me even more opportunities to further explore my own identity, and also understand more about others.”

Maddy Morphosis made drag queen history after being cast on RuPaul's Drag Race as their first straight cisgender drag queen. Some on social media are not happy with the casting. (Credit: Instagram)
Maddy Morphosis made drag queen history after being cast on RuPaul’s Drag Race as their first straight cisgender drag queen. Some on social media are not happy with the casting. (Credit: Instagram)

Maddy went on to say that she didn’t want to take away drag from the LGBTQ+ community and that she understands that there have been many drag queens who have been shunned from shows because they are POC or transgender. She understands that her being welcomed in every drag show she’s competed in is a privilege.

The straight drag queen said that she hopes her casting on the show will prove to other straight men that gender is arbitrary.

“I think one of the best things to come out of my casting is that it’s kicking up a lot more talk about representation in the drag scene,” Maddy concluded. “I hope that it helps lead to more marginalized groups being showcased and represented.”

Should Straight Male Drag Queens Be Allowed on RuPaul’s Drag Race?

Despite Maddy Morphosis’ heartfelt message, many people are against having her on the show. They are worried that drag will no longer be a safe space for the queer community. Many fans are angry at RuPaul’s Drag Race for casting a straight man drag queen when there are hundreds of LGBTQ+ drag queens dying for a spot on the show.

One fan took to Twitter to pose an important point. “Imagine being a drag queen having drag as your safe space from all the straight men that made you feel like you don’t belong… and now you’d be competing against a straight white guy… on a show centered on queerness?!?!” the fan wrote.

Others have used social media to support Maddy Morphosis, pointing out that drag shows are a celebration of all sexualities, identities and people. They claimed that people who are trying to gatekeep drag races don’t truly understand the artform.

Maddy Morphosis caused a lot of debate on social media after she was announced as the first straight male drag queen of RuPaul's Drag Race. (Credit: Instagram)
Maddy Morphosis caused a lot of debate on social media after she was announced as the first straight male drag queen of RuPaul’s Drag Race. (Credit: Instagram)

Former RuPaul’s Drag Queen Gottmilk, who received her own criticism for being a trans drag queen, spoke out in support of Maddy. “Drag is for everyone. It’s an art form,” Gottmilk said. “It’s not about your identity. And as long as she knows where drag came from and the references and just the background of the sacred form that drag truly is, she’s gonna be fine. And turn it, you know?”

Do you think Maddy Morphosis and other cisgender male drag queens should be allowed on RuPaul’s Drag Race and in other drag shows? Let us know in the comments section below!