RuPaul at Emmy win: ‘We are all God in drag’

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RuPaul reflected on the “deeper level” of drag and how people should ultimately become “an extension of the power” which created the universe.

Speaking to reporters at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, the 58-year-old drag queen and entertainer whose full name is RuPaul Andre Charles, noted that drag will “never be mainstream” but that everyone is always basically in drag anyway.

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“Drag is dangerous. Drag is not politically correct,” he said, responding to questions about the influence of drag on society and in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

“Drag will never be mainstream,” he added, noting that there’s a “superficial aspect of drag” that some think is “cute.”

“The deeper level of drag is all about, you’re born naked and the rest is drag. And that’s very political, it’s very punk rock, it’s very radical,” RuPaul continued.

“It’s this idea that you are not your body. You are an extension of the power that created the whole universe. That’s drag. We are all God in drag,” he said. “And that is a radical thought for most people to envelope, because the ego says, ‘No. I am whatever it says on my driver’s license.”

Holding tightly to his fourth Emmy for “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which he hosts and produces, RuPaul the addressed the rest of the room.

“Everyone in this room is in drag,” he told the assembled reporters. “Hey, look at all you drag queens. Hi drag queens!”

Earlier he said he had “no words” to describe the incredible feeling of winning the award for best host of a reality or competition series. “I can’t put any words together right now.”

Both “Drag Race” and “Drag Race All Stars” have been renewed by VH1 for a twelfth and fifth season respectively. With a U.K version of “Drag Race” launching in October, RuPaul was asked how many countries he would like to see the show airing.

“How many countries are there?” he replied. “There are drag queens all over the place.”

RuPaul’s comment invoking God got some mixed reactions and was mostly slammed on social media.

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