VarietyJune 30, 2015
Singer and actor RuPaul has made over a dozen albums, and hosts Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” In 1999, he was GLAAD’s entertainer of the year.
What is the role of Hollywood in shaping the conversation about same-sex marriage?
Hollywood does not have a moral obligation; Hollywood has a monetary obligation. Hollywood is a reflection of how people live their lives. It doesn’t dictate. I always laugh when people try to blame everything on Hollywood. Hollywood is reflecting our spending habits.
Entertainment WeeklyJune 15, 2017
Drag has been around since the days of Dionysus, but no ancient Greek ever sashayed nearly as statuesquely as RuPaul Charles. The world’s most famous and influential drag performer took a long (and still) marginalized art form and used it to create an empire — and in doing so, built a shimmering 30-year-long career as twisted as pop culture itself to become one of the most important LGBTQ icons of our time.
PaperJune 9, 2017
On a recent beautiful Friday evening in late May, I found myself crammed alongside hordes of other queer men inside a well-known gay bar in Brooklyn’s heavily gentrified Williamsburg. In about a half an hour, a large screen plastered onto one of the bar’s walls would project a live stream of the newest episode of the wildly popular drag queen competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race. During the commercial breaks, two New York City-based drag queens—Thorgy Thor, a contestant from Drag Race’s eighth season, and Aquaria, a popular choice to join the franchise’s next season—would entertain the audience with improvised banter about the show and, well, whatever else was on their minds.
VultureMarch 31, 2017
In the immortal words of some queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race: This isn’t RuPaul’s Best Friend Race! No baby, this is the fiercest competition on television, and you’d be better be able to pull out all the death drops if you want to win. RuPaul’s Drag Race, now on Friday nights at 8 pm on VH1, has entered its ninth official season now, meaning that like a conscientious bottom, this new group of girls can get prepared. In an act of benevolence, RuPaul didn’t eliminate anyone from the premiere episode, and instead — twist! — is bringing back a former contestant. So with the first elimination challenge coming up, what are the tricks you should have tucked away? Here are some tips that would have totally been helpful before you got eliminated.
Deadline HollywoodMarch 20, 2017
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has teamed with RuPaul and reality production company World of Wonder (RuPaul’s Drag Race) for a half-hour dramedy series project, a fictionalized version of RuPaul’s rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon, and global star.
Vanity FairMarch 13, 2017
RuPaul is an icon. That word gets flung around with ease these days, long removed from its religious etymology. But in the modern sense—the one that connotes cultural importance—the drag superstar with a decades-long career as a pop-culture provocateur more than fits the bill. On March 24 at 8 p.m. on VH1, RuPaul’s Drag Race, his flagship drag-queen competition series, will kick off its ninth season, which promises to be the splashiest one yet—complete with a premiere episode appearance from Lady Gaga.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the mononymous star discussed the Gaga appearance, as well as the words he’s tired of hearing in audition tapes, and why Donald Trump is basically a used car salesman.
Marie ClaireMarch 14, 2017
In promotions for Season 9 of the addictive reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race, host and drag queen icon RuPaul proclaims that we need drag now more than ever. And how. In an administration that is already taking away rights from the LGBT community (to name just one of many discriminated against marginalized groups), it’s easy to feel hopeless and let down about the future of our country.
But according to RuPaul, that’s where drag comes in to save us all. The art form of drag teaches us that gender—and other petty things that divide us—is not to be taken too seriously. And as Drag Race returns for its ninth season on March 24 (this time on VH1), it’s about time we get the relief we need. Here, RuPaul explains just how drag can help fight President Trump.
“I’M MASCULINE, I’M FEMININE. EVERYBODY IS. IT’S ALL ABOUT A BALANCE.”
When I first moved to London a couple of months ago, I was pretty friendless. The majority of my human interactions involved speaking to colleagues at work about work-related things.
All of this was topped off by a 60-minute commute to and from the office, during which I was sandwiched between sweaty people who seemed to have somehow reached a wondrous Zen state of being completely oblivious to everything around them. (I think I’ve mastered it myself now, to be honest. It’s fantastic.)
I would end most of these days by coming home and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. I devoured seasons three to seven in mere weeks, cheering on my favourite queens, laughing at their wit and charm as they cleverly tore apart the competition, wiping away the stray tear when they opened up to Ru and the other contestants about their personal struggles with identity and acceptance. This show is important to me, and others feel the same.