This year RuPaul’s Drag Race snatched an incredible 12 Emmy nominations including, Outstanding Reality-Competition Series.
With Emmy voting underway, Michele Visage talked to Entertainment Weekly to spill the T on why season 10 deserves ALL THE EMMYS…
“Last year [with] the trans movement, I thought it would be a perfect time for us to make a statement, and The Voice won. It’s like, okay, of course it won. Either that or The Amazing Race wins all the time…. At the end of the day I think our voices — especially now, because last year we were under the current administration, but it hasn’t been as much buffoonery as it is now — as an LGBTQIA+ community, it’s more important now than ever before to be united, loud, and strong. Us winning this year would be a loud statement to the world.
It’s almost like the only time in history this has ever been done. The show started very small on our beautiful sister network [Logo] for queer programming, and that’s what we are: a queer-based television show serving the community. It very slowly grew every year with higher ratings…. And we’re still getting higher ratings for season 10. And that’s kind of like the community: It’s always been very small and quiet, and it got louder and louder until Stonewall burst the doors open…. it’s symbolic in many ways.
RuPaul’s Drag Race…. is very little about boys who dress up in girls’ clothing: it’s very much about grit, integrity, heart, power of perseverance, and the power of love.
It’s also opening a dialogue up about the persecution and the marginalization of trans people, of queer people, of gender non-binary and gender fluid people…. Gay conversion therapy, religion, all these things that are taboo and affect everybody in queer culture but are rarely talked about, especially on a TV platform that isn’t hard news. It encompasses everything that is so important to a queer child’s life and even those who aren’t children but have suffered silently and haven’t had anybody to talk to or understand what they’ve gone through. And that’s what makes the show really special.
What’s amazing is that we have such a beautiful platform like VH1 that allows it to make the edit. A lot of stations might go, ‘Nope, this is too heavy,’ but this 100 percent has a place in our community and in our world. These are things that need to be talked about. I’m glad that World of Wonder goes with it and VH1 sticks to it.
And credit — as well as another Emmy — should go to RuPaul for being not only a great host, but also casting all of these dynamic, interesting girls who had great chemistry together and made season 10 as memorable as it was.
He’s the executive producer! And not only that, he’s lived this life. Every challenge, he’s done in real life; they come from his brain. He handpicked every single one of those queens. He’s gotten a lot of sh— over the years, and he’ll tell you: [People said] he’s not black enough or he’s this or he’s that, and he has fought those things…. I think some of these younger kids, no matter their color, no matter their status in society, financial or otherwise, have to listen to that…. 100 percent Ru is hands-on and has lived these things, and I think that’s why he casts people who have a story to tell. The story is super important and Ru related to that in many ways, but I also think Ru is a person who will take responsibility for his actions and his past and wants to teach these kids how to do the same thing.”
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