RuPaul: My Drag Persona Was A Product Of Science

RuPaul dropped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk on his many upcoming projects including the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race as well as the new live version of the series in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

Reminiscing about New York City back in the 1980s, Ru realized that with success came a price:

“When I got famous, that’s when the drag fun ended for me, honestly. I couldn’t terrorize y’all’s neighborhoods anymore because I became the face of drag!”

Later in the interview, Meyers asked Ru how he came up with his drag persona. It turns out it was all scientific:

“I’ve always been ambitious and I’ve always liked to look under the hood to see how things actually worked. So I knew that if I was was going to do drag and make it above 14th Street so to speak, I had to calculate the image.

“What I did was I had one part Dolly Parton to two parts Cher, one part David Bowie and a big heaping spoonful of Diana Ross.

“Then I took the subversive sexuality out of my persona so Betty and Joe Beercan could invite me into their living room and you know what it worked.”

News Round-Up: September 19, 2017

ITVs’s Bromans

Some news items you may have missed:

• The new UK reality show Bromans features guys dressing up as Roman gladiators and competing in challenges. But the first step to dressing as a gladiator is getting undressed – as in buck naked undressed.

• A town in Tennessee is actually trying to ban drag shows. #FirstAmendmentAnyone?

• The breadth of former Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey’s alleged sex crimes is jaw-dropping. Check out the FBI affidavit here.

• The Republican Governors Association attempted to pass off a website that pushed positive messages about GOP governors and criticized Democratic governors as a “news” site. #Busted

• According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the number of international visitors to the U.S. for the first quarter of 2017 dropped by close to 700,000 compared to the previous year. #ThanksTrump

• Song of the day – Elton John “Rocket Man”

Matt Baume Explains The Difference Between Blackface and Drag Queens

Last week, Mary Cheney – daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney – publicly asked why it’s acceptable for men to dress up as women in drag, but white folk in “black face” is not.

It seemed like a simple question to answer, but the issue got batted around a bit with no one response seeming to be able to explain the difference.

Until now. Dependable smart guy Matt Baume shares his thoughts on why the two are completely different expressions. One is racist, one is not. Blackface makes blacks the butt of the joke, while drag doesn’t put women down – it explores rules about gender roles.

Watch Matt’s perfect deconstruction of the question below.

Mary, we’ll need to keep you after school to make sure you catch up.