The Queerty Interview

EXCLUSIVE: A Special Thank You Message For RuPaul From Alaska Thunderfuck


The cat’s out of the bag, kittens: Alaska Thunderfuck has officially joined the royal RuPaul‘s Drag Race family!

In an interview with Queerty’s Tim Winfred, Alaska gets real and spills all the T about her win, the controversial elimination format, and the fans reactions. Plus, in a Queerty exclusive, Alaska shares a special thank you message for Mama Ru.


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all-stars-2 alaska thunderfuck 5000 promo imageQueerty: Hieeeee! Good morning Alaska. Has the reality of your All Stars 2 win sunk in yet?

Alaska: No, no. It definitely hasn’t. I think it will finally hit when – I want to be like Whitney Houston and go to Disneyland. Like I said on season 5, I want to buy 100,000 slices of pizza, which I don’t know how that’s gonna be possible because that’s gonna be some cheap pizza after taxes. I think I might buy cold pizzas and I think it’ll work.

The All Stars 2 elimination format caused a lot of fans to get upset at you, but it was also such an entertaining change to the show. Two questions: First, how did you feel about the new format when you were recording the season, and second, how do you feel about it now that you’ve seen the fans reactions?

Oh geez! Well, when I was there, I made the best decisions I could, and I can honestly say for myself, in my heart, that I never made any decisions from a place of malice or trying to fuck somebody over. The reaction from fans has been really hard and I think I need to see a therapist about it actually.

Whatever, I won though, so they can just deal with it.

What was the hardest moment for you while watching the season happen?

I wish I could go back in time and hand myself a joint and just say, “Focus, and chill the fuck out,” because watching myself, I was watching someone who this means a lot to them. It means a lot to me, even right now. I’m a huge purist, and an obsessed RuPaul’s Drag Race superfan, so I was watching somebody who was really focused and had a laser precise way of going about it. I probably could have enjoyed it more if I just chilled out. At the end of the day, it is what it is.

You’re so creative and talented, and anybody who doesn’t believe me when I say that needs to go watch your new music video for your song The T. Tell me about your inspiration for the song and video.

It’s definitely a snapshot about how I was feeling in the post-Drag Race moment. We had filmed it and it hadn’t aired, so I wanted to do a song called The T, because that’s the truth. For so long I’ve had to lie about, “No, All Stars 2 isn’t happening,” and then, “OK, yes, I’m on it, but I don’t know what happens,” and, “Yes, the next episode is airing, but I can’t tell you what happens.” Now, it’s like finally I can just let everybody know about all the shit that the internet has been talking about, let’s get it out in the open, and let’s move on.

One of the guys I mention in the video, from Florida, text me yesterday and said, “I hope this is about me. Thank you for putting me in your song.” [Laughs.] So good.

finale rupaul's drag race season 8 - alaska thunderfuckIf you could have cast two former Drag Race contestants to be on All Stars 2, who would you have picked?

Oh my god. I only get to pick two? I would have loved to have seen Kennedy Davenport there, Shangela, Laganja Estranja, Gia Gunn. I know that’s four, I can keep going. There are so many amazing queens. Trixie Mattel. This wasn’t their moment, but I hope they’ll do another All Stars and I hope to see a lot of them on there.

To flip that question on its head, if you could cast a queen who hasn’t been on RuPaul’s Drag Race on a future season, who would you choose?

There’s so many. I love Bible Girl. My friend Lola from Pittsburgh is absolutely amazing. I would love to see the monsters of drag, the really established, self-made queens like Jackie Beat, Heklina, Peaches Christ. There’s a lot of them, so luckily Drag Race will keep airing forever.

Last question. You have come so far since you first got on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and I can only imagine how much the show has changed your life. Imagine that RuPaul is reading this interview: What message do you have for him?

I would like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to have a job doing this job. I never thought that would be possible, and I’m really grateful for that. I think the cultural impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race is something we won’t even feel for many years, but the truth is that it’s breaking down the gender binary, it’s breaking rules and pushing boundaries. I’m just so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of it.

Well thank you so much for your time. Good luck to you.

Thank you. Black Lives Matter.

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  • Xzamilloh

    She was my pick to win from the start (Before I changed to Katya after being fed up with the BS), but I feel like the show really messed up here. This could have been a fully realized journey, but the whole thing just ended up being a cluster fuck of nonsense and I’m over this stupid show. And then the predicted queens of Season 9? Ru, you might wanna just stop after Season 10 and come full circle with it.

  • Prax07

    Katya should have won. She’s got some really funny YouTube series. Alaska, just not a fan. The only reason I watched her YouTube show was for her hunky brother Cory.

  • Charlie in Charge

    I like doing Katy’s quite a bit and wanted her to win. It Alaska winning is not a mistake. She won a lot of challenges and that makes the others feel like “underdogs” and everyone likes an underdog win but really Alaska shined all season.

  • Charlie in Charge

    Ugh typo thanks iPhone that should have read “I liked Katya quite a bit.”

  • Dorian Prince

    ConDRAGulations Alaska! Ru chose you because of your C.U.N.T! Ru works herses and she sees that you work yours. The judges said in the show Alaska is the most ready, which I interpreted as she created the most complete product after her season that is ready to launch once the finale airs. I don’t think that is a dig at the other girls, I think that is the business aspect of Drag. At the end of the day you want to be able to make your coins stable and stacking like RuPaul. I think Katya comes in second with her brand and she has the opportunity to bring us something that can make her just as big as Alaska if not bigger. I wish the same for Detox and Roxxxy. I honestly don’t know what Roxxxy would do but I wish her well and I can’t wait to see what Detox does. She has really evolved and should get the Rudemption Honor. I think that Detox did the best in the final lip sync. That was a hard song to do for them. Alaska used her brand to win it which was smart. However in terms of performance without having to win a contest, Detox did it better.

  • ThatsSoScott

    All Stars 2 was my favorite Drag Race season ever and Alaska was simply amazing and brilliant. Her Baby JJ skit was HILARIOUS!!!! I loved all the queens, except that mess, Adore Delano. Most of all I love, admire and respect the amazing RuPaul and will support any endeavor she pursues. Congrats, Alaska – you deserve this victory!

  • BeauBoi69

    I used to be a HUGE Alaska fan, and I spent WAY to much buying her music on iTunes, but after watching her get handed win after undeserved win (always because she pulled out some physical prop, like a horse mask or or a flag in her wig, instead of actually completing the challenge). I kept seeing other contestants, like Alyssa and Katya, who did an awesome job on the challenge and the lip-synch getting passed up and Alaska declared a winner, and I felt less and less like Alaska deserved to win.

    THEN Alaska showed her self-entitled ass and tried to bribe the other players (for which she SHOULD have been automatically disqualified), and I realized, “Fuck this Bitch!”.

    She will NEVER get another penny of my money. NEVER. Ru Paul was bragging during the “Fish Tank” episode that she is a “marketing genius”….well, we all fuck up sometime and I guess this is that time for Ru. ‘Cause there are a LOT of people out there who feel the same way I do about this whole thing.

  • MikeColling83

    I’m not angry with Alaska winning. It was hers to win. I’m upset with Rupaul asking for the fans opinion when the decision was already made months ago. They used the fans for cheap publicity. And it blew up in their faces when the fans overwhelmingly chose someone else besides the person Rupaul already chose.

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