Love him or hate him, RuPaul is certainly memorable. He is best known for his iconic hosting of the Drag Race, where his dress and make up are way more on point than mine.
In a recent interview with Vulture, RuPaul talked on numerous things including transphobic language, the show Lip Sync battle and why he feels educating younger generations is a waste of time.
“I made a pact with myself when I was 15 that if I was going to live this life, I’m only going to do it on my terms, and I’m only going to do it if I’m putting my middle finger up at society the whole time. I’d rather have an enema than have an Emmy.”
You might have heard the line ‘you’ve got She-mail’ was removed from his show, and naturally RuPaul was asked about that.
“You know, I didn’t do that. The network did that, and you’d have to ask them why they did it, but I had nothing to do with that. The intention behind that word is a portmanteau that was meant as a way to be fun and to enjoy language… So twist a phrase, curl a word, paint on a moustache. We do not stand on ceremony, and we do not take words seriously. We do take feelings seriously and intention seriously, and the intention is not to be hateful at all.”
Continuing on this topic, Ru called the relationship between drag peformers and transgender people a “boring topic”: “We mock identity. They take identity very seriously. So it’s complete opposite ends of the scale. To a layperson, it seems very similar, but it’s really not.”
He then went on to say that he “doesn’t really care” about the younger generation learning the history of drag.
“I don’t know. I don’t really care about them. The truth is, they’re on their own. They’ll figure it out. There’s nothing we can do to force them to say, ‘Look, this is important.’ Humans don’t learn that way. I think about New York, and I had such a fucking great time there. Do I wish young people could experience that? Yes! Yes, I do. Am I going to work it out for them? No, bitch, you’re fucking on your own. Work it out for yourself.”
Another thing that he and Vulture discussed was Jimmy Fallon and Lip Sync Battle.
“Oh, I don’t think of it. It’s a poor ripoff of our show. Regular, straight pop culture has liberally lifted things from gay culture as long as I can remember. And that’s fine, because guess what? We have so much more where that comes from. Take it! That’s why [my new show] Gay for Play is such a fun thing, because we’ve taken the best of the gay sensibility and put it all in one place. And we’re showing these bitches how it’s really done. But it’s funny how that works, even in gay culture. There’s a certain ‘gay shame.’ Gay people will accept a straight pop star over a gay pop star, or they will accept a straight version of a gay thing, because there’s still so much self-loathing, you know?”
One last thing from the interview that I feel is worth touching on, is Ru’s thoughts on the recent success story Carol, which has won multiple awards for itself and it’s actors.
“I loved Carol. I thought it was a beautiful film. I loved the story. The Danish Girl, I couldn’t see past the wigs, which were terrible. I did love that one time where he gets dressed up and looks like David Bowie. He’s in a suit that has these huge wide legs, cinched waist, and he’s not in women’s clothes, he’s in a man’s suit. It is gorgeous. It’s worth watching the movie for just that one shot. Anybody in that David Bowie suit, oh my God, gorgeous.”
You can check out the full, rather lengthy, interview here.