In volume 36 of the fairly entertaining Sandman written by Neil Gaiman, George calls Barbara and Wanda "the princess and the queen". Wanda appears to not take kindly to it.

George: Heeheeeheeeheee.

Wanda: What's so funny, George?

George: You're the princess and the queen. Heeheehee. Get it? Uh the princess and the uh queen. Heehee.

Wanda: You know, death really hasn't improved you one little bit, George.

So, what is the joke about?

I tried googling this, but whatever meaning this idiom had before GRRM's eponymous novella, it's lost to history now.

Two panels, one with a bloody head with nails stuck into it with its tongue out, and the other showing a woman with red hair. The dialogue is transcribed above, with the head being George and the woman Wanda.


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"Queen" is sometimes used as a shortened version of "drag queen," i.e. man who performs dressed as a woman (usually- there's a lot of nuance there that is beyond the scope of this question). As Wanda is a transgender woman, she may have had this kind of language leveraged against her before in a disparaging way.

  • You might want to compare this to "princess" Barbie
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 16:46

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