Fresh from appearing in the Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, Michelle Visage has been on the road with the fabulous Battle of the Seasons show alongside many of the stars of past seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Inclusive Networks talked to Michelle about things like Drag Race…
Why do you think Ru Paul’s Drag Race is still so popular?
“You know how sometimes a show takes a minute to take off, you hear about it then realise there’s buzz about it but you’re already three seasons in. I think Ru Paul’s Drag Race was that way. I really think that Season3 is where it really started. Even though that’s when I became a judge on the show too, I swear to god it’s got nothing to do with that. I feel that’s when it really started to get legs and from there it’s only got bigger and bigger. So a lot of people then went back and revisited the earlier seasons and Season4 was even bigger. People are starting to open up to the idea of drag being a viable art form and not just looking at it as being a bunch of freaks and gay-boys who don’t fit in. There’s so much more to it than that and people are just starting to realise that. So the more mainstream it goes, the bigger it’s going to get and that’s what’s happening.”
Does the show receive any negativity?
“Of course. I mean homosexuality still gets negative press from all areas. We are still not completely accepted in mainstream. Even when we have full equality there’s still going to be negativity as you have people out there who don’t want to hear it any other way than the way they think. You can’t always have the tide being in your favour and that’s fine. It’s not ever going to be everything that we want it to be but the closer we get, the more we fight and the more positive the outcome is going to be.”
Will a UK version of Drag Race happen?
We’re working on it. Jonathan Ross has been my guardian angel. He’s been unbelievable with it. It’s just a matter of finding a commissioner who wants to take a risk. I believe in my heart of hearts that it’s going to happen. I don’t know when or where, but it’ll happen. But at this point I have no definitive answers.
What was your reason for taking part in Big Brother earlier this year?
I did Big Brother for the gays. I swear to god I didn’t do it for any other reason except to get our TV show known in the UK and to give a voice to the gays. Yes, you have equality in the UK but it’s not country wide. Lots of people are still bigoted and people still don’t understand the fight we’ve got. It’s never enough to spread the word, we’ve got to keep fighting and showing our colours and pride.
For the rest of the interview with our fab, gorgeous, outspoken gal, go here.
(via Inclusive Networks)