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5 Reasons Why Michelle Visage is a Gem in the LGBTQ Community

I have no problem admitting that Michelle Visage is a f***ing amazing human being outside of what she does for the LGBTQ community. She was hanging with us before it was cool to do so, and now the singer, actress and television host is finally getting the recognition she deserves for being her incredible self.

The RuPaul's Drag Race mainstay officially turned 50 yesterday, although you can't really tell due to how much work she's had done (KIDDING!). All jokes aside, Michelle to me is an underrated legend that deserves so much more credit than what she is given for. I've had the pleasure of interviewing and meeting her in the past, and she's just as lovely and kind in person as she is on social media and on that show that just won a historic Emmy this past Monday night.

That being said, here are 5 big reasons why Michelle Visage is a true gem in our community in celebration of her 50th birthday. 

She Was Down With us When Many Weren't

The 90's were a turbulent time for the LGBTQ community as we were (and still are) fighting for our rights in many different aspects. The mainstream media used words back then to describe us as "freaks" and so much more, coming out on television (IE: Ellen) meant career death, yet Michelle didn't care and stood by us through and through. She was RuPaul's sidekick on her legendary talk show during the decade that was, which was the first glimpse of how truly fabulous and wonderful this creature was to our community so many moons ago.

"Say It Like You Mean It"

That's a Wendy Williams quote, but it rings beautifully to the kind of person that Michelle is. She has no filter, says what's on her mind and doesn't care about the backlash she'll receive. This can usually be seen as a problem with self-awareness, however the words that come out of her mouth are generally ones that come from a good place. This has been seen for several years on and off RPDR, and I believe the show wouldn't be half the success that it is today if she didn't join it back in season 3.

Shutting Down Perez Hilton 

Once again, this is a personal opinion, but I do not care for Perez Hilton and the type of person he is in our community. The only times I've ever respected him was when he hosted the Bad Girls Club reunions because he stayed neutral in all of their fights and called each of them out when needed. It delighted me when Michelle entered the Celebrity Big Brother house a couple of years ago and went toe to toe with Perez, bluntly saying that he set "gay men back 50 years". He's been taken down by several different celebrities in ways that often include homophobic language and childish remarks, however Michelle's POV simply spoke out about all the wrong things he's done for us and was something that needed to be said in such a pressure cooker type of situation.

Let's Not Forget That Music Career

Before Drag Race and Ru's talk show, Michelle was part of a wildly successful girl group called Seduction, who had a ton of major hits including "Two to Make It Right" and "Heartbeat." Even though she jokes about it now, she was also featured on The Bodyguard soundtrack, which has sold 42 million copies worldwide. Not too shabby. 

Lights, Camera, Action

Before Drag Race starts up again in 2019 and all the pandemonium that will ensue, Michelle will be heading across the pond to make her West End debut as Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie. She'll be performing there from October 18th, 2018 to January 26th, 2019. Could this eventually lead to her taking the show on Broadway and perhaps winning... a Tony? (Cue Gia Gunn saying "What's a Tony?")

Happy 50th Birthday Michelle. Thank you for all that you've done in our community and will continue to do for many years to come. 

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

 

There Was Nothing Wrong with RuPaul’s Acceptance Speech Last Night

An article was floating around today that pretty much blasted RuPaul for his acceptance speech for Outstanding Reality Competition Program during the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The author described how RuPaul took his winning moment to thank the people behind the scenes of RPDR and how Ru finished his speech the same way he ends every episode of his show with “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else. Can I get an amen?” The article author thought that Ru should have used the time to speaking out for all the “embattled queer fans” who have made the show what it is today.

Whereas I can understand the author’s viewpoint on this in that Ru could have used his endless words of wisdom to inspire the LGBTQ+ community watching at home, I can also see the opposite end of the spectrum in that what he said was fine and the win was enough of an accomplishment.

Let’s keep it real here. The previous winners of this category have been snooze fest shows like The Amazing Race and The Voice (I’m not including Top Chef in this as it’s one of my favorite programs on television). The fact that an LGBTQ+ focused show won in an area that barely valued us many moons ago is huge and should not be taken lightly.

RuPaul's win doesn’t mean that he needs to whip out a 2-minute speech where he looks directly into the camera and says something super poignant about our community. He’s already done that, along with his judging panel and the 126 queens that have walked through the werk room over the past ten years. The impact and legacy of RPDR is undeniable.  The show has become an absolute force of nature that no one saw coming.

I watched the Emmy Awards live and could tell that Ru sounded a little hoarse and was possibly overwhelmed by the show winning for his speech was not as cohesive and clear as he usually presents himself when speaking. Perhaps it was all too much and instead of coming up with something on the spot he relied on a phrase he’s been using for years? The moment was fine and the happy faces of Michelle VisageRoss MatthewsCarson Kressley, and the show’s crew were memory enough, instead of an alleged overlooking of a prime moment for him to make a political or social statement that we could have enjoyed during the 45 seconds he was on stage.

 

 

I think the bottom line is that we need to stop expecting our queer icons to be perfect and always say the right thing and always on a rainbow-colored soap box. Ru has said things in the past that I haven’t agreed with whatsoever, but I’m not going to fault the guy for a supposed missed opportunity which would’ve still became a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” kind of a thing as he still would’ve been crucified for what he said if he did. It’s like when our community went after Ellen for her joke about Liza during the Oscars a couple of years back. Does EVERYTHING NEED TO BE TAKEN SO SERIOUSLY?

To those who were mad that he didn’t say enough, I understand (to a point), but, and this is a big butt (to quote Ru), can we just be happy that this little show that started as next to nothing won the biggest honor that any television program can win? Is that too much to ask for our community?


This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

EXCLUSIVE! Alexis Mateo on Drag Pageants, “Vanjie” and Not Punching Manila Luzon

Alexis Mateo is one of the most beloved drag queens to have ever competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She stormed through season 3 and made it all the way to the end alongside runner up Manila Luzon and eventual winner Raja. A short while later she competed on the first season of All Stars with fellow s3 competitor Yara Sofia, where they both made it very far.

Alexis is also a true pageant queen who has made a name for herself in that circuit way before entering the werk room on the Emmy-winning reality competition series. She struck gold in 2018 by winning Miss Gay Florida, something she has attempted to do for over a decade.

She also has a legion of new fans thanks to her drag daughter Vanessa Vanjie Mateo being on season 10 of RPDR, where she made the biggest impression out of pretty much the entire cast even though she was the first one to be eliminated.  

Alexis chatted about what she’s doing to win Miss Gay Florida once again, as well as what it’s been like for her and Vanessa over the past couple of months and if she regrets never punching Manila while on RPDR. Check it out.

How often do people still come up to you and say “BAM!” 

"BAM!" Every day I get people coming up to me and saying “Bam!” I say “Bam!” when I need to feel pretty and amazing. Is like a boost of energy. So, every time someone says that to me...I get excited again!

What did it feel like to win Miss Gay Florida 2018? 

Winning Miss Gay Florida America was a great moment for me. I have been trying to win since 2007 and finally it was my time. After my 39th birthday, I was having a hard time in my personal life, and winning the title helped me stay focused and has given me a new opportunity in my career.

Do you think pageant queens still get a “stigmatism” (quoting Trinity Taylor) in the drag world? 

Yes, pageant queens are the most prepared and competent drag queens in our community, but for some kind of reason the TV show uses the term "pageant queen" as a negative thing. Rupaul was never a pageant queen, so I guess they try to put us down. But, season after season, the pageant queens finish on top because we really know how to compete and how to do drag correctly.

What are you doing to Miss Gay Florida 2019? 

To win Miss Gay America I’m trying to be ME.  I want to show them who I am and what makes me unique. I will show my heart and I will be ready to present a mature Alexis Mateo.

Are you shocked at how the RPDR audience was so galvanized by your drag daughter Vanessa Vanjie Mateo? 

To be honest, no. I knew when I met her that she was a star. I was just very happy that the world saw what I saw in her. I’m very proud of Vanessa and now the word “vanjie” will always be part of our culture.

Will you two ever collaborate on some music together? 

There will be many surprises very soon with Vanjie... 

Did you regret not punching Manila Luzon in either season 3 or All Stars 1? 

No, I don’t regret it. There is still plenty of time to still do it! Noooo, I love Manila and I’m a big fan of hers, now, so I never would.

What else is coming up for Alexis Mateo?  

Planning to tour very soon and continue to work on some TV shows, music and even a YouTube series for Latin America. So, stay tuned and wish me good luck this October 3 to 6 in St. Louis, MO as I compete to become Miss Gay America.

You can follow Alexis on Instagram here and YouTube here.

Why ‘Drag Race’ Deserves to Win the Emmy For Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards takes place this Monday night, September 17th. It will be broadcast live on NBC and hosted by Saturday Night Live cuties Michael Che and Colin Jost.

It’s an evening where the biggest stars from television and more will be present for an evening filled with hilarity, emotion and a bunch of jabs towards our current administration (par for the course). There will also be a ton of LGBTQ representation during the ceremony, in particular with the show RuPaul’s Drag Race which is up for Outstanding Reality Competition Program for a second year in a row.

RPDR already took home a bunch of honors at the 2018 Creative Emmys this past weekend. This included RuPaul himself winning Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program and season 3 contestant Delta Work (Gabriel Villarreal) for Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Television and New Media Series (shared with Hector Pocasangre).

The only award left that they are nominated for that hasn’t been presented yet is Outstanding Reality Competition Program, which will be given out during the live show. In my honest opinion, RPDR deserves to win this more than any of the other shows nominated for several reasons, five of which are listed below.

Enough with The Voice and The Amazing Race Winning

The Voice has yet to produce a star (please correct me if I’m wrong), yet they’ve had a bajillion seasons at this point. To me, that show is about molding the careers of the judges that come and go on it and not the contestants. Drag Race has produced 126 stars at this point, all of which are household names who sell out shows on a global level and have become very profitable in the process.

As for The Amazing Race, its enough already. The show has won 10 times and I forget that its even on the air at this point. The only other series besides these two that have won in this category is Top Chef. All three are up against RPDR this Monday night alongside Project Runway and American Ninja Warrior.

Ru Won Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program 3 Years in a Row

It takes a village, and that village deserves an award just as much as Ru. Why not just do a two-in-one and give them that Emmy just like they did with Outstanding Host? Yas, gawd!

The Show Island Hopped to a Much Bigger Network

When your show is that fantastic, that amazing and that major that it goes from a barely known network (LOGO) to one of the most watched and in demand ones like VH1, you must be doing something right. Nothing against LOGO, as they gave it a platform for it to begin and eventually blossom, but it was only a matter of time for them to jump ship and go elsewhere. This transition from one to the other happened in 2017 when season 9 began and shows no signs of ever going back to where it started.

Catchphrases, Stunts, Lewks, Etc.

The impact that RPDR has had on our society is like nothing else that’s out there. It’s inspired a ton of catchphrases (VANJIE DUH) and has allowed each contestant to become their own brand which is something that would’ve never happened many moons ago.  Every other show that is nominated in this category has that ability too, but no one does it bigger or better than Ru’s hit show.

Cultural Impact for the Gods… Hunty

This show is watched by millions of people from all types of backgrounds, sexual identities and more with little to no judgement about the audience who tunes in. Even in the LGBTQ community, drag was considered to be alternative and a bit out of left field and now it has become more mainstream than even Ru expected. That sort of a cultural phenomenon, which happened within a world that used to be shunned and is now universally loved and appreciated for the most part, deserves to not be awarded but praised with a s**t ton of respect. Here’s hoping Ru and co take home the gold this Monday.

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Incredible Artist Creates Mind-Blowing 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Animations!

One of my favorite things that have come out of RuPaul's Drag Race isn't exactly RuPaul himself, nor the queens, nor the catchphrases that many of us use on a daily basis. It's the amazing types of art that creative minds imagine then bring to life on and off social media that really blows many of us away. 

Take for instance Norweigan Sindre Johnsen, who caught my eye a couple of days ago due to his incredible animation that he has created for many legendary Drag Race queens. 

What really got me excited over what this amazing talent was able to do was take a modern Drag Race star and place her in an early 90's video game like Super Mario Bros. Those games were so much fun to play for me as a kid, so to take a throwback like that and put them into 2018 with stars from the biggest and best reality competition show on television is truly awe-inspiring.

Take a look at the assortment of what Sindre has been able to create with stars like Aja, Shangela and more. "Halleloo" to this! Want to know more about Sindre? Following him on Instagram here and Twitter here.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Big Apple Realness: The Top 10 'RPDR' Queens From New York City

Perhaps I’m a bit biased (as I live here), but it doesn’t come as much of a shock to me that queens from New York City have won 4 out of the 10 regular seasons of RuPaul’s Drag RaceDusty Ray Bottoms said it right about how “competitive” the drag scene is here, as we have birthed some of the most legendary queens to have ever graced our presence on and off the hit reality series. 

Over the past decade, the show has given tons of Big Apple queens the star power that they deserve. Whether its touring in every crevice of the world, booking gigs with entertainers outside of the drag community and even producing major motion pictures, these “All Stars” have worked their butts off to get to where they are today.

Take a look at who we think are the 10 best queens from New York City to have ever competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know.

10. Miss Fame (Season 7). Easily one of the most stylish and gorgeous queens to have ever competed on RPDR, Miss Fame came into season 7 as a frontrunner from the start due to her being one of the bigger names in the drag community. She made it halfway to 7th place but has since then become a force in the fashion industry, making the pages of Vogue and being a spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris. Not too shabby for a queen who used to hang with chickens on the farm.

9. Ivy Winters (Season 5).  Ivy brought theatrics and tricks to her drag that combined her incredible drag aesthetic with something you would see at a fabulous circus of sorts. She also is the considered to be one of the most congenial queens (won Miss Congeniality in her season) to have ever competed and continues to be a force in and out of New York City all these years.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day-Dreaming

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8. Monet X Change (Season 10). Another deserved Miss Congeniality queen, Monet came into the most recent season as a fan favorite from the get due to her bubby personality and fantastic wit. She’s heavily rumored to be on the upcoming season of All Stars, which gives this writer hope that a New York queen will finally win a title on the RPDR spinoff.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@sheacoulee - the sister I always wanted!

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7. Miz Cracker (Season 10). Monet’s season 10 castmate also came in very popular yet had a hard time actually winning a challenge until her buddy Miz Cookie arrived and helped her score her only win of the season (so wrong).

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Peppermint (Season 9). Peppermint was already a New York City legend prior to entering the werk room on season 9 but only elevated that status as the competition went on. She became runner up to another New York based queen, and since then has released some stellar music with openly gay rapper Cazwell and landed a starring role on Broadway.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@ageofaquaria I'm that one crazy aunt who doesn't dress her age! We all have one...and it's me! Tita Manila

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5. Manila Luzon (Season 3). The first true NYC queen to have a shot for the title and gave eventual winner Raja a good run for her money. She won three challenges, had a killer aesthetic and a very memorable lip sync to Donna Summer’s “MacArthur Park.” Another queen to be rumored on AS4... will she finally get what’s hers and take the crown?

4. Sasha Velour (Season 9). Did anyone predict Sasha would win early on in S9? Not so sure, but she shut down that mindset pretty much from the get that season. She’s one of the rare queens to have never LSYFL and made up for that in the finale with a reveal that no one saw coming. Her avant- grade type of drag is widely considered to be one of the best out there, as she continues to stun the world with each new look she creates.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@benjitobypants last night at home before he goes off to college. I'm so emotional right now!!!!

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3. Bob The Drag Queen (Season 8). Just an unstoppable force of hilarity and personality that millions fell in love with in season 8. A true force to be reckoned with this has gone onto bigger things post Drag Race.

2. Aquaria (Season 10). Easily one of the most fashion forward queens to ever compete and is wise beyond her years when it comes to mastering her craft of drag (she’s only 22). Came into the show a bit of a brat but softened up and earned a ton of respect from her fellow sisters and the show’s fan base in the process. Expect to see her on several catwalks and the face of many makeup and fashion brands very soon.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WHOEVER STOLE MY FAVORITE BRUSH AT WIGSTOCK........ FUCK YOU! #probablyladybunny #shadyassqueens #canthavenothingnice

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1. Bianca Del Rio (Season 6). I mean… was there any other choice? Bianca has topped the lists of several RPDR countdowns as many consider her to be the best queen to have ever competed on the show… period. She’s sold out packed audiences on a worldwide level, hung out in bed with Joan Rivers, and created two motion picture movies over a 4-year-span. Not too bad for this self-described “clown.”

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Pearl Reveals She's Not Invited Back to 'All Stars' After Discussing Her RuPaul Claims

Pearl uploaded a 7-minute video onto her YouTube page on Thursday, appropriately titled "Nothing You Say Matters Unless the Cameras are Rolling" in reference to comments she made about RuPaul on an episode of Hey Qween recently.

The clip she posted had to do with the fallout from that interview, where she talked about an alleged moment that happened between her and the show's titular star in the early stages of season 7 (she eventually made it to the final 3 alongside Ginger Minj and Violet Chachki). 

“I felt like the only way for me to get any way on the show was to build some kind of relationship with the judges,” she said during the interview. “We were filming a segment, just kind of chatting, banter whatever together, and then the camera went down for a moment and I turned to RuPaul and I said ‘Oh my god. I just want to thank you so much. It is such an honor to be here, such a pleasure to meet you. You have no idea, like what this…’, just giving her that whole everything I wanted to say to her.”

“And she turned to me, and she said, ‘nothing you say matters unless that camera is rolling.’,
 Pearl claimed. “And that broke my spirit. And that is the reason why I had one foot in, one foot out the entire time on that show. And maybe that’s me being petty, and maybe that’s me thinking that it should have been something that I never should’ve expected it to be. But in that moment, it was so heartbreaking because I idolized her, worshipped her, and I just felt that it was so disrespectful. I had never even been to LA before: it was so Hollywood, rotted, like how could you say that to somebody that is just obsessed with you?”

The interview drew a mixture of criticism and support for Pearl, where some other queens like Laganja Estranja and Gia Gunn have weighed in with their two cents about the ordeal. 

Now Pearl has spoken out about it all, where she said that the headlines from the matter are "over exaggerated" and "should be taken with a grain of salt." She claimed that she wasn't trying to "drag" RuPaul or call her names, but simply try to open up about a situation that happened between the two of them that "set the standard for how I behaved on the show."

Pearl also said that she wasn't expecting to go into the interview talking about the matter at all. Hey Qween host Johnny McGovern brought up RuPaul "multiple times" during the chat before she decided to "talk about this moment that I've been holding in for a very long time."

She also hopes that future RPDR contestants don't have the same experience that she went through, and to "know what to expect and not take it as personally I did."

A big reveal that she mentioned during the clip was her claims that a producer of the show called her after the interview aired and said that she wasn't invited to participate in any future All Stars seasons.

Pearl talks about so much more about it all in the clip below. Take a look:

 

Other RPDR Queens Chime in On Pearl’s Accusations of RuPaul

The floodgates were definitely opened earlier this week, when season 7 RuPaul’s Drag Race star Pearl opened up about an incident that allegedly happened between her and the show’s titular host.

Pearl, who became a runner-up for the crown in 2015, spoke out about Ru during a segment on the web series Hey Qween!, which is hosted by Johnny McGovern.

The alleged situation happened while Pearl and the rest of the queens were recording covers of Ru’s songs. The Emmy-winning host surprised them by showing up, and Pearl took the opportunity to thank him for being such a hero for the young queen.

“I felt like the only way for me to get any way on the show was to build some kind of relationship with the judges,” she said. “We were filming a segment, just kind of chatting, banter whatever together, and then the camera went down for a moment and I turned to RuPaul and I said ‘Oh my god. I just want to thank you so much. It is such an honor to be here, such a pleasure to meet you. You have no idea, like what this…’, just giving her that whole everything I wanted to say to her.”

“And she turned to me, and she said, ‘nothing you say matters unless that camera is rolling.’,
 Pearl claimed. “And that broke my spirit. And that is the reason why I had one foot in, one foot out the entire time on that show. And maybe that’s me being petty, and maybe that’s me thinking that it should have been something that I never should’ve expected it to be. But in that moment, it was so heartbreaking because I idolized her, worshipped her, and I just felt that it was so disrespectful. I had never even been to LA before: it was so Hollywood, rotted, like how could you say that to somebody that is just obsessed with you?”

The alleged situation is one that has sparked a ton of comments on social media, both Pro-Pearl and Pro-RuPaul. “That is sad that she said that. People look up to her to be a role model, so she should check herself,” and “Get a life Geez. Everyone is a victim lately,” are just two of the many thoughts that RPDR fans have shared since word got out about Pearl’s claims.

Two other RPDR queens have now spoken out about the situation and their thoughts on the matter. Laganja Estranja and Gia Gunn, both from season 6 who had memorable showing in arguably the greatest season of Drag Race ever, shared what they think about the whole ordeal.

"I think what happened to Pearl has happened to several of the other girls,” claims Laganja. “I have no personal experience with this, as any time I have approached Ru with realism, I have received the same back. That being said, I’ve heard similar stories about her teaching the girls the ways of Hollywood. In my eyes, as insensitive as it may have been, it was her way of passing the knowledge she has fought to learn down to the next generation. I myself hope that I am able to be more cognizant of others' emotions and intentions as my success rises, but it’s really hard to say what RuPaul feels. I sympathize with Pearl as my spirit would have been broken, too. It was so hard for me when I got kicked off the show and did not receive any acknowledgment from RuPaul. But after I talked to him about the situation and my feeling on his podcast, ‘What’s the Tea?,’ he’s always been sure to give me a hug when he sees me. We must remember that man fought so long and hard to get where he is and synthesize with him, too!! No one is perfect, not even our Mutha!!"

"As contestants from RPDR we all have a different story and experience to tell,” says Gia. “I have also concluded that the RPDR experience also means something totally different to one another.  Some will retire from drag, therefore will never open their mouths or "bite the hand that feeds you."  However, for me personally I couldn't agree more with Pearl, as I can relate and also validate my sister's point of view.  I never worshipped RuPaul or her show, matter of fact, although I was a fan I never wanted to be on her show. Somehow or another I was blessed and have made the best of this blessing that did indeed change my life.  Moving to LA to build a stronger relationship with the entertainment business, I never realized how actually cruel and cut throat it is.  I now understand why some celebrities do indeed commit suicide or harm themselves due to feeling "alone" because it's clear that feelings don't exist in this industry.  Everybody has a pay check to collect and its dollar amount certainly has nothing to do with how you feel.  RuPaul has created a movement, yes, but is she the only person to be thankful for?  Absolutely not. We as a community don't give ourselves enough credit for creating all of what we have, after all if it weren't for us alumni who travel the world spreading this message of "everybody say LOVE”, I really don't think there would be much love to be had. With that being said, at the end of the day it really depends on how bad you want "it."  Whatever it may be.  Some will do what it takes to rise to the top, including being cold and harsh to those who support you.  But what I am discovering is that there is a way to still "make it" and feel good while doing what you're doing.  At the end of the day I believe in the traditional saying that my parent's instilled in me since a young age: ‘treat others the way you would like to be treated.’  However, with experience from my transition I have learned it's impossible to live by that saying if you don't treat yourself with love and kindness.  At the end of the day, none of us owes RuPaul anything, just like she doesn't owe us a simple ‘hello.’  Nobody ever said the truth is fair and we as people cannot run from the truth either.  Therefore, stay tuned for my book where my real truth will be ruvealed...pardon me, REVEALED!"

 

Pearl Opens Up About a Disheartening Moment with RuPaul

Pearl, who made it to the top three of RuPaul’s Drag Race in season 7, has spoken out about the show’s titular host in a new interview on the web series Hey Qween.

The Brooklyn-based queen talked about quite a lot during her interview on the Johnny McGovern hosted program, but there was one subject that stood out more than the rest. This being RuPaul himself, who had a memorable showdown with Pearl during the show’s 5th episode.

“Do I have something on my face?” is what many fans remember most from Pearl during that confrontation, which had a lot to do with her perceived lack of drive up until that point on the show. She said on Hey Qween that what was shown was very edited down and that the conversation between them went on for an uncomfortable amount of time. Pearl talked to production about the situation after and they were able to calm her down. That worked in her favor, as she won that particular episode alongside Max and propelled her way to finale night with Ginger Minj and season seven winner Violet Chachki.

There was an alleged incident that happened prior to the stare down between Ru and Pearl, which she also discussed on Hey Qween. Each of the girls recorded a new version of one of Ru’s tracks for an album called RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz 2. Pearl got “Hey Booty” to record, which she didn’t even remember the name of during the interview with Johnny. She did mention, however, that season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen always played it when they were around each other as a joke.

“There is one thing that I have not discussed at all ever about RuPaul,” Pearl revealed. “So, I know that I was not perfect on the show, and I know that I was distracted about something and it took me a long time to come to terms with where all of it came from, and I know exactly where it came from.” Pearl met RuPaul while on set that day, where she admits to being “blown away” by simply seeing her.

“I felt like the only way for me to get any way on the show was to build some kind of relationship with the judges,” she said. “We were filming a segment, just kind of chatting, banter whatever together, and then the camera went down for a moment and I turned to RuPaul and I said ‘Oh my god. I just want to thank you so much. It is such an honor to be here, such a pleasure to meet you. You have no idea, like what this…’, just giving her that whole everything I wanted to say to her.”

“And she turned to me, and she said, ‘nothing you say matters unless that camera is rolling.’,
 Pearl claimed. “And that broke my spirit. And that is the reason why I had one foot in, one foot out the entire time on that show. And maybe that’s me being petty, and maybe that’s me thinking that it should have been something that I never should’ve expected it to be. But in that moment, it was so heartbreaking because I idolized her, worshipped her, and I just felt that it was so disrespectful. I had never even been to LA before: it was so Hollywood, rotted, like how could you say that to somebody that is just obsessed with you?”

“It is what it is,” she continued. “That really explains a lot of my attitude on the show.” Watch the full clip below:

 

 

What are your thoughts on Pearl’s claims? Do you think she is telling the truth about Ru?

Leslie Jones Implodes Into Hysterics After Receiving a Message From RuPaul

Leslie Jones pretty much lost her damn mind after RuPaul surprised her with a special message on Access Live.

The hilarious comedian and actress appeared on the hit pop culture show to discuss her surprise second Emmy nomination for her work on the variety series Saturday Night Live. Little did she know what co-hosts Kit Hoover, Scott Evans and Bryan Safi had in store for her.

"Before we get to our game here, we have a special message," KIt said to Emmy nominee. "I did some work for you Leslie... a special message from a friend for you. Here it is." 

The camera then went directly to a taped message from RuPaul himself, who told Leslie how badly he wanted her on RPDR. “Leslie girl, you’ve got to get up on this show. We’ve got your seat waiting, honey!” he told Leslie. “Leslie Joooooones on the drag race!” After that was done, she went into a ton of hysterics that was nothing short of incredible to watch.

'OH MY GODDDDDDDDDD!" she screamed. "Oh no, y'all don't understand: oh my god y'all got to send me that clip!" 

"Did you see how pretty she was? Oh my god, did you see how beautiful she was?,:" Leslie continued. So will she accept Ru's invitation to be on a future episode of RPDR? 

"Oh my god, yes!” she told them. “Me and RuPaul are supposed to be together!” 

Watch it all go down below: 

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