Drag icon RuPaul this week said that
today's political rhetoric proves that people are posing about LGBT
an interview with Vulture,
RuPaul was asked his thoughts about Spike's Lip Sync Battle,
which was developed into a reality competition series after it was
used as a recurring segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy
“It's a poor ripoff of our show,”
RuPaul said, referring to Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race.
“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?”
“They talk so much about acceptance
now today and it's like, yes, but trust me – I'm old and I know
this shit – it's superficial. Because as soon as the lights go out,
you'll see how advanced people's thinking is. This so-called 'Will
& Grace acceptance' era is just people fucking posing. Things
haven't changed that much. You see it in politics right now –
that's the fucking truth of people. And you know, people will have
you think, 'Oh, we're fashion. We're gay. That's my gay over there!'
It's like, no. We're still a very, very, very primitive culture,”
the 55-year-old RuPaul added.