Check out my interview with RuPaul over at BET.com. This is Ru's first time having any one on one coverage with BET since 1993's "Supermodel (You Better Work)." He talks about everything, including a run in with LL Cool J -- hopefully LL has grown. This is the same man who was on Project Runway.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
RuPaul: The Queen is Back
I want to thank everyone for submitting some excellent questions for RuPaul. I've gotten emails from folks asking why when people submit questions I don't ask them all. Please understand, when interviewing people you aren't having a one on one conversation. They have a project they want to promote and you are allotted a certain amount of time, which is usually no more than 15 - 20 minutes.
I did manage to ask about Charles Knipp/Shirley Q. Liquor, which many people asked. But, it didn't make the cut in the BET interview. So, here the question is below...
It was reported that you supported Charles Knipp, who did a drag mammy act called Shirley Q. Liquor. Why did you support him?
RuPaul: When people do comedy you have to check your gut and say, "Are they coming from a place of love or are they coming from a place fear?" The opposite of love is not hate, it's fear. Hate is a subcategory of fear. So, you have to check in and when I heard his act, I could tell there was nothing but love there -- nothing but love there. I have heard people who do rountines on comedy and it's coming from a place of fear or hate. he was not. I realized the people who came out against him were using him as a tool to confirm their role as a victim. They needed figures to reconfirm their own misconception of themselves as a victim. It's going to be interesting with Obama in the White House how the black community responds to that because you can no longer say, "The world has made it so hard for me and there are people out there trying to keep me from moving forward." So, I think Shirley Q. Liquor-Charles Knipp is brilliant, funny. You can't do those kind of impersonations without a certain amount of love that it takes to really get it right on the nose like that.
RuPaul's Drag Race, debuts on Logo and rupaulsdragrace.com on February 2nd at 1opm EST/PST.
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