What a treat this interview was: it’s not everyday that you get to meet the most well-known person in his professional field. But that day came last week when RuPaul, the most famous drag queen in all the land, visited the VH1 Digital office to talk about the new season of his show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, his life, his culture and his career. In the clip above, Ru and I discuss camp and the unlikeliness of constructing reality around parody (which Drag Race does in its structural send-up of America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway). In the clip below, Ru talks about his affection for the drag queens that are competing on his show.
In the next clip, Ru and I discuss viewing Drag Race from an anthropological perspective, drag lingo and gay culture being stuck in place, society’s fear of feminine men and what the past 20 years of gay culture have looked like from his perspective as an out celeb:
And finally, in this last clip, Ru discusses being regarded as a curio (even still) and why every bat of his eyelashes is a political statement. He also gives me some unsolicited feedback on the interview – no comment card needed. This was major!
RuPaul’s oft-mentioned new book, Workin’ It!: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style, is out now.