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Reporter Criticizes Black Drag Star’s Show Crew For Lack Of Diversity

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A reporter questioned black drag queen RuPaul over the lack of diversity in the star’s team after RuPaul received an Emmy award Sunday.

RuPaul, who produces and hosts the reality competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” won an award for Outstanding Competition Program.

But after the awards, “Essence” writer Danielle Young challenged RuPaul on the lack of diversity within the drag star’s own crew.

“I have a question for you about the hot-button term diversity, because that always gets thrown around. We’re looking at your team — I don’t see a lot of diversity,” Young asked RuPaul. (RELATED: Drag Queen Challenges Rep. Adam Schiff For His Seat In Congress)

“I’m curious about how you feel, especially as someone who represents so strongly for the LGBT+ community … ” the reporter continued. “Do you feel like it’s important for that to be represented behind the scenes as well for a show like yours?”

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“First of all, the host of our show is black, gay and a drag queen, so check, check and check,” RuPaul responded. “But we’re pretty diverse, there are lots of different types of people here. Is it important? Absolutely.”

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 11: RuPaul speaks at the LA Pride ResistMarch on June 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

RuPaul speaks at the LA Pride ResistMarch on June 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

Young later complained in a tweet that RuPaul thinks because he is “black, gay, & a drag queen, that somehow is diversity is met.”

RuPaul did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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