Jones noted other gay men had responded similarly: "But then Carr faced his detractors down with aplomb: "The most homophobia I get is from gays," he tweeted back, completing his riposte with a dig at their alleged "self-loathing". And then I felt quietly ashamed to have flinched in the first place. Carr's defiant response forced me to examine prejudices I share with all too many other gay men."
The letters to the Guardian said: "it was camp itself which represented self-hatred. Comedians such as John Inman and Larry Grayson personified everything that I did not want to be. They were almost a third sex: grotesque pantomimic creatures, willingly collusive in the mocking laughter of the TV audience."
The trouble is this loathing (self directed or not) gives legitimacy
The trouble is this loathing (self directed or not) gives Bindel legitimacy when she writes in the Spectator blogs about her acute aversion to drag queens and camp. Rather than refining her argument to attack the rape jokes in the drag queen (and John Waters muse) Divine's comedy material, Bindel instead informs us that the film I Am Divine: the story of Divine reminded her why she's "always hated drag". As if any of us had forgotten.
Bindel said: "Footage from Divineâs one and only appearance on Top of the Pops (he was banned as a result of complaints about obscenity) in 1984 singing 'You Think You're a Man' reminded me why I always hated drag. Feminists at the time of the TOTP atrocity labelled Divine 'woman hating'."
Is drag women hating? No. It might send up certain aspects of ideas of womanhood but ultimately the drag act is hardly fooling anyone. Nobody goes home from seeing a drag queen and tells their family 'you won't believe the woman I just saw!'. Drag acts don't take women down with them. But it seems they are sent down by some gay men. To then follow suit within RuPaul's TV show Drag Race transphobic remarks have been made.
I'd go as far as to say drag has little to do with the men or women it is parodying and everything to do with the community it lives in. It might seem like it doesn't matter to reject it, but it's another way to make members of a minority feel unsafe.
And that is not solidarity. And that's what all these communities need.