RuPaul recently sat down with Vulture’s E. Alex Jung for a no-bs straight talk about drag, drag race, pop culture, Me Generation, and living life. If you have listened to RuPaul’s podcast, “RuPaul ‘What’s The Tee?’ with Michelle Visage”, you’ll hear the same life mantra mentioned at some point in each episode, all fifty-two of them as of this writing. It’s about not taking life too seriously, paying your dues, and finding your own tribe. In today’s hyper-individualism culture, his words are very useful life post-its to occasionally read and ponder, especially when self-recalibrating and to stay focused. You can always learn something from people who has walked the walk. You listen and take with you what you may find useful and apply it in your own life and situation. The interview did a very good job at gathering precious life tokens from RuPaul, of which he parted with much grace and authority, except when the topic turned to transgender and drag which he preferred not to discuss – I do agree with what he has to say about it, no matter how brief it was. And all the while leaving a few tidbits of his most recent projects like his upcoming show, “Gay For Play”, and his latest album, “Butch Queen.” The interview was like one of them Drag Race interview challenge. I did expect him to plug his wares since RuPaul is the master of embedded advertisement.
Do you think it’s important for the younger generation to learn it [ drag/gay history ]?
I don’t know. I don’t really care about them. The truth is, they’re on their own. They’ll figure it out. There’s nothing we can do to force them to say, “Look, this is important.” Humans don’t learn that way. I think about New York, and I had such a fucking great time there. Do I wish young people could experience that? Yes! Yes, I do. Am I going to work it out for them? No, bitch, you’re fucking on your own. Work it out for yourself.
Check out the full interview at Vulture.com.