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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Made A 'Bipolar Joke' That Didn't Sit Well With Everyone

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Made A 'Bipolar Joke' That Didn't Sit Well With Everyone
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2 weeks ago

There are off-color jokes and comments you can get away with and those that are best left in the deepest recesses of your mind. On the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the lead queen let slip something that not everybody was okay with. Even some of her contestants seemed perplexed by her choice of words.

While explaining a challenge that would have contestants designing “evil twin” personas, RuPaul exclaimed “all aboard the bipolar express.” Maybe on its own “bipolar express” may not have elicited a major response, but Twitter user Joseph John Sanchez III explains perfectly why it wasn’t a great choice of word usage.

Others just weren’t appreciative of the use of the word “bipolar” at all, with one Twitter user claiming that RuPaul’s casual comment could normalize its use as an “adjective/joke.”

There may have been a time when making mental health jokes would fly, but those days are long gone. And that’s not really a bad thing. Twitter user Kim Void, who appears to now be leaving the RuPaul fanbase, explains the issue with using such words and descriptors in normal conversation.

While she may not have alienated her entire audience with “bipolar express,” it still struck a nerve with many.

Making matters worse, Twitter user Scout/Salmonella (@ATweetFromScout) recalls season nine, when a contestant took issue with use of bipolar disorder in another off-color joke.

There was another pretty striking moment in the same episode where RuPaul asks her contestants to reveal something they hate most about themselves, and Grace (@multicolourtea) took great issue with it.

H/T: Twitter