RuPaul suggests he allows fracking on his 60,000 acre ranch and maybe it’s time he sashayed away
Below a 60,000-acre plot of dusty farmland in Wyoming and South Dakota, dotted by dry shrub and miles from the highway, is oil and gas. And a lot of it, apparently.
The patch is owned by none other than the queen of drag RuPaul and his husband, Georges LeBar and speaking to NPR, Ru revealed Sunday that he is “leasing mineral rights” of the land.
According to Fractracker, the farmland appears to be speckled by “oil and gas wells”. The estate sprawls across the two states and is managed by LeBar, but news that the Drag Race host appears to be engaging in fracking ratcheted up tensions online being that hydraulic fracturing has emerged as a chief environmental concern among activists.
Oil and gas production are, research has found, responsible for a far larger share of the soaring levels of methane – a powerful greenhouse gas – in the Earth’s atmosphere. Such studies have intensified the urgency of global efforts to rein in emissions from the fossil fuel industry.
*RuPaul, doing the runway in shale-gas couture*
Visage: Ru is so gassed right now
Matthews: she looks fracking fierce
Kressley: and is serving oil baron realness by the barrel
(I'm so sorry) https://t.co/LwB3Q8VoNm
— Chris Godfrey (@ChrisPJGodfrey) March 16, 2020
What did RuPaul say?
“That’s like a national park”! host Terry Gross exclaimed when hearing the size of Ru’s ranch, before asking him what he and his husband do up there.
“A modern ranch, a 21st-century ranch is really land management,” Ru said, “you lease the mineral rights to oil companies and you sell water to oil companies, you lease the grazing rights to different ranchers.
“It’s land management.”
Ru previously explained in 2017 that LeBar is based on the ranch as he “doesn’t care for show business at all” and then Ru does drop by, he dresses up “in Western wear and nobody cares.”
‘As if 2020 couldn’t get any more bizarre.’
But people were sufficiently perplexed by the announcement that “RuPaul is fracking”, adding to the greatening surrealness of 2020.
Detractors were quick to skewer Ru for facilitating the extraction of gas and oil by hydraulic fracturing, which many Democrats – including potential presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – are lobbying to ban on a federal level.
Many environmental advocates lament the immediate impact on the earth that fracking has and how the practice, they say, is stalling progress towards clean, renewable energy.
As a result, fuelled by a disdain of, well, fossil fuel, the people of Twitter dragged Ru:
RuPaul serving up 55,000 more seasons of Drag Race knowing we’ll all watch and he can go back to his fracking farm and sleep a top a bed made of crude oil and transphobia pic.twitter.com/IRBWfUNJyZ
— jack rem x (@jackremmington) March 16, 2020
Just called my mother to check in and tell her that RuPaul is fracking.
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) March 16, 2020
after hearing the phrase "rupaul is fracking" and there being even the smallest element of truth to it was the one thing i needed to fully believe we are no longer connected to any tiny of part of reality
— flo (@flocorf) March 16, 2020
In a bid to outdo every other weird and terrible year in recent memory, this is the year that we discover that RuPaul makes a considerable part of his fortune through fracking 🤢 https://t.co/4cvEhr2amA
— Selma 🌱 Bouvier (@atongatem) March 16, 2020
as if 2020 couldn't get more bizarre you learn that rupaul has 60 *thousand* acres of land that he leases out for fracking ??
— nico🏳️🌈 (@nicodelort) March 16, 2020
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