Here's Why RuPaul's Drag Race's Maddy Morphosis Is Making Waves

"RuPaul's Drag Race" has become a reality TV phenomenon. The show's first season debuted more than a decade ago in 2009 and has since won 13 Emmy Awards, spawned several international spin-offs, and launched an equally successful "All Stars" edition in which previous contestants, such as Trixie Mattel, return to try their hand at the competition again (via Click Orlando).

While some people may have found a new acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community after falling in love with "RuPaul's Drag Race," that is not exactly what host RuPaul intended. When asked about making drag more accepted in society, he told CBS, "By who? Who's accepting them? Drag is naughty. Drag is not politically correct ... Honestly, I don't really want it to be acceptable. Drag is dangerous. It's political. It's funny. It breaks all the rules. And that's what makes it exciting." 

"Drag Race" has also become known as a platform for queer artists across the gender spectrum to showcase their art to the world. However, as the show prepares to launch its 14th season, fans are concerned about the casting of a new queen, Maddy Morphosis. 

Maddy Morphosis has divided the Drag Race fanbase

The 14th season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" begins airing on January 7th, 2022, and has been met with excitement from fans. This season, two transgender queens — Kerri Colby and Kornbread "The Snack" Jeté — will be competing for the crown, per The Advocate

Fans were thrilled about the inclusion of two trans queens on the show. However, that was quickly overshadowed once it became known that Maddy Morphosis was cast as the first cis-gender, heterosexual contestant, Paper Magazine reported. Maddy claims that he does not identify as being part of the LGBTQ+ community at all, revealing that he simply enjoys doing drag.

Some fans were upset that a straight, cis-gendered man had been included on "Drag Race" and taken one of the coveted 14 spots on the show. "Oh yes, the most oppressed group of people needed representation in media," one fan tweeted when Maddy's casting was announced.

However, others were quick to defend Maddy Morphosis' inclusion on the hit reality series, including "RuPaul's Drag Race UK" star, Divina De Campo. "Drag is for everyone. I've said it before and will say it again. Some of you all don't seem to understand that yet ... There is already enough gatekeeping to art. Money, opportunity, access, geography. Dont try and stop people making or accessing art," she wrote on Twitter