RuPaul Slams Straight Celebrities for Stealing From Gay Culture

(Photos from left: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions, Spike)

RuPaul Slams Straight Celebrities for Stealing From Gay Culture

The drag icon is tired of the misappropriation.

Published March 23, 2016

The shade starts now. 

It's no secret LGBT culture sets many trends but some argue the LGBT community is just an accessory for the mainstream. The legendary RuPaul tackled that very issue in a juicy sit down with Vulture, and didn't hold back when talking about the many ways in which pop culture has appropriated gay culture.

Asked about his thoughts on Spike TV's wildly popular Lip Sync Battle, Ru says, "It's a poor ripoff of our show [RuPaul's Drag Race]. Regular, straight pop culture has liberally lifted things from gay culture as long as I can remember." He continues, "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 b-tches how it's really done."

The drag icon also holds the LGBT community to task for its own biases. "But it's funny how that works, even in gay culture. There's a certain 'gay shame,'" he says. "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?"

For anyone who thinks that Miley Cyrus and Will & Grace are some kind of sign of society's acceptance of gay culture, RuPaul begs to differ. "Things haven't changed that much. You see it in politics right now — that's the f**king truth of people," he says. "We're still a very, very, very primitive culture."

That said, Ru has exactly zero interest in "fitting in" to mainstream culture. That kind of acceptance is something he's not seeking: "No. In fact, I made a pact with myself when I was 15 that if I was going to live this life, I'm only going to do it on my terms, and I'm only going to do it if I'm putting my middle finger up at society the whole time." 

To get a better understanding of what LGBT people have to go through in the Black church, watch and Clay Cane's GLAAD Award-nominated documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church, below: is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music. 

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photos from left: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions, Spike)


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