RuPaul Reveals A Lot About Gay Culture and Why We’re Wasting Our Time Educating The Youth
Vulture has a great interview with RuPaul, the megastar singer, actor, and creator and host of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the greatest reality TV programming of the decade.
Ru gets real (and deeply metaphysical) about where he gets his inspiration, drag as an artform, and why he doesn’t think we need to teach children anything:
Do you think it’s important for the younger generation to learn it [drag history]?
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.
He also had some choice words for the Lip Sync Battle set, which seems to borrow heavily from the “Lip Sync For Your Life” portion of Drag Race:
What do you think of Lip Sync Battle and Jimmy Fallon?
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?
The whole interview is worthwhile, particularly if you want to learn more about the Matrix, Buddhism, and corn dogs. No, really.