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Rolling Stone Interviews RuPaul

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After the growing success of Drag Race in the last year, they pose the question once again, can drag ever be mainstream?

by Kirsty

Full Interview: Rolling Stone

As we approach the 10th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Rolling Stone interviewed Ru. They asked if he’s changed his mind on whether drag will ever become mainstream.

We’ve seen so many great queens have thriving careers after appearing on Drag Race, including Trixie and Katya, who now have their own Viceland TV series. You’ve said in the past that drag can never be mainstream: Do you feel that way even after seeing your contestants become bigger pop culture figures?
Everybody has this idea of what “mainstream” is. And when you understand what’s happened politically in this country, you realize how primitive we are as people. Even the things that are happening every day in the paper, you think, “Really?” Humans on this planet like to pretend we’re so advanced, but we are fucking Neanderthals. We are so primitive where the idea that a human being can not make the same amount of money as another human being. There’s fucking slavery still.

So drag becoming mainstream? Honey, please. That’s not going to happen, mainly because the mainstream wants you to choose an identity so they can sell you beer and shampoo. That’s just the way it is. In drag, we are shape-shifters. We don’t hear the rules. We change every day. People need a box to understand how to navigate their lives. They need a grid to go “Oh, I’m here and that’s there.” They’re not fluid in the way of saying “I’m both male, female, black, white. I’m earth. I’m united.” Drag says, “I’m fucking everything.” Not literally fucking everything. I don’t want that to be misunderstood [Laughs].

Read the full interview via Rolling Stone.

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