RuPaul claims society's acceptance of gays is just superficial BS

Mar 24, 2016 at 3:48 p.m. ET

With RuPaul's Drag Race in its eighth season, it may come as a surprise that fans of the show are more devoted than ever. RuPaul has always spoken his mind and sparked insightful conversation, and in a new interview with Vulture, he opens up about everything from Lip Sync Battle (a Drag Race rip-off) to what straight culture has appropriated from gay culture (spoiler alert: a whole lot.)

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"Regular, straight pop culture has liberally lifted things from gay culture as long as I can remember," he says, speaking of Jimmy Fallon and Lip Sync Battle. "And that's fine, because guess what? We have so much more where that comes from. Take it!"

So how does straight culture end up appropriating gay culture? It's a lack of acceptance, he says. "They talk so much about acceptance now today and it's like, yes, but trust me — I'm old and I know this shit — it's superficial," he continues. "Because as soon as the lights go out, you'll see how advanced people's thinking is. This so-called 'Will & Grace acceptance' era is just people f***ing posing."

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Drag, on the other hand, is "punk rock," and he plans to keep it that way. "[Drag] will never be mainstream. It's the antithesis of mainstream," he says. "And listen, what you're witnessing with drag is the most mainstream it will get. But it will never be mainstream, because it is completely opposed to fitting in."

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