Ever since attending TCA with Monica Lewinsky and seeing her reduced to tears by the critics (“why don’t you just disappear and die” was one, um, ‘question’), I’ve always approached the Television Critics Association event with fear and loathing.
So to witness Ru giving the critics a bit of their own medicine at today’s launch of RuPaul’s Drag Race was extremely heartening. Of course you don’t want to get on the wrong side of television critics – they hold your life in their hands. On the other hand life’s too short to be forever grovelling sycophantically. Ru pulled off a breathtaking man-on-wire stunt that blended terror and compassion, hilarity and affrontery. And of course, sheer genius. Asked why drag queens were so misunderstood he said…
“The biggest misconception is that drag queens want to be women. They don’t. They are seen as subversive because they have always reminded us not take ourselves too seriously. We are not who we think we are. It is all an illusion. Drag rubs people the wrong way because it reminds you that you are not who you think you are.”
In short he would not be ignored – no mean feat with an audience of bored TV critics busy surfing Perez Hilton and Facebook. You can read about it here, here and here. Some got it. Others not so much.