“To watch a boy play with feminine things in a society that is so masculine, and come through it, and find their fire and their own voice, is a very powerful thing.”—RuPaul
“Since the ancient Greeks, men have been dressing in women’s clothing on stage. Men portrayed women in the plays of William Shakespeare; and many of us grew up watching Flip Wilson and Milton Berle on TV, or Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in the movie “Some Like It Hot.”
Then there’s Australian comic Barry Humphries — the irrepressible “Dame Edna.”
Drag — wearing clothing of the opposite sex — has come a long way.”–CBS News
At the center of it all: RuPaul, arguably the most successful drag performer of all time, and the winner of not one, but two Emmy Awards.
It’s on track to become VH1’s most-watched series.
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“I think ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ at its core, is about the tenacity of the human spirit,” RuPaul told Giles.
“To watch a boy play with feminine things in a society that is so masculine, and come through it, and find their fire and their own voice, is a very powerful thing.”
It’s not just a TV show; fans line up at his pop-up store in Los Angeles to buy RuPaul merchandise.
One fan said, “He’s a great role model, for sure.”
To the naysayers and context spin-doctors … let them come!
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