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Interview: RuPaul, America’s first drag superstar

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  1. Suvi-Tuuli Allan 8 Aug 2011, 6:45pm

    He is not trans and he doesn’t speak for me. He is a privileged gay man who should check his priv and buzz off.

    1. I’m not sure he said he’s trans. He’s a high profile gay man, and this is a website that reports (among other things) GAY news.

      Thanks for the interview PN, I’m a big fan of Rupaul and it was enjoyable.

      1. martyn notman 9 Aug 2011, 1:01am

        yep me too- Hes brilliant, there is a drag community who doesnt want to cut their manhood off believe it or not. Big wide world of fun, and just cos we put a dress on occasionally doesnt make us trans- there is NOTHING wrong at all with being trans, but my SO isnt- he just likes the slap and frocks…

    2. Jealous much?

      Ru Paul’s drag is a homage to women not a mockery thats why she is so cool.

      You look like a bloke

      1. PumpkinPie 9 Aug 2011, 2:43pm

        You look like a bloke

        Why would you just randomly say such a horrible thing like that? Angry disagreements are fine, but comments like that are uncalled for.

    3. PumpkinPie 9 Aug 2011, 2:47pm

      He is not trans and he doesn’t speak for me. He is a privileged gay man who should check his priv and buzz off.

      Crossdressers have to put up with abuse and discrimination, too, you know. I appreciate that transsexuals get stereotyped as drag queens, in the same way that gays and lesbians get stereotyped as camp and butch. So I can understand you being wary of them, but they’re not quite as “privileged” as you’d think.

    4. Sorry guys who replied above in a negative way, but if I as a lesbian would start making comments, and be quoted as authoritative, on gay, i.e. mainly male, issues, the gay community, well better say the world, would be too small…
      But, it seems completely acceptable to quote Ru Paul as authoritative on trans issues….
      Isn’t that a ‘little bit’ of hypocrisy?

  2. No he’s not trans, He’s a gay man who makes a living as a drag queen. As have many before him (rarely with as much success. Rupaul is great.

    He’s my 2nd favourite drag queen (Divine is my undisputed number 1).

  3. Drag is a form of entertainment and I enjoy it. I am not LGBT and my family and friends would never understand. WWE is entertainment and people don’t question why some want to watch wrestling, so why should someone want to question my enjoyment of watching drag.

    1. People who like watching sweaty buff men in tight pants rolling around with each other have misgivings about a little crossdressing?

      The lady doth protest too much.

  4. The 1st American international drag superstar was Divine, not Ru Paul.

    1. You’re wrong, too. Our first international Drag celebrity was Charles Pierce – and let’s drop the “superstar” crap. While all three were extremely popular within their clique market, none of them have had any real cross-success.
      Frankly I find this article fraudulent and delusional, and I’m left wondering how much the Logo Network paid the author to write it. Ru has been around for a very long time – in drag years – and has done some remarkable work. But “superstar” he aint., not even within the LGBT community. But Ru did get lucky, and he’s been marketed by the media – especially the Logo Network – extremely well. But “…finding the next drag superstar”? Oh, please! How delusional can you get? “Reality” TV is all about how many people can you get to watch some trash about other people making an ass of themselves. Frankly, Ru is the chief reason I quit watching Logo.

    2. Never heard of him

      1. You’re probably not old enough to have heard of his stage shows – that was between the mid-60’s and early 80’s – he did do a couple of films (both B-grade), and appeared several times on television in guest roles. Sadly, he passed away in 1999. He did an evil (good evil, not nasty) impersonation of Bette Davis, and was one of the few impersonators who had the balls – let alone the talent – to take on Tallulah Bankhead.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Pierce_%28female_impersonator%29

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