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.
Queerty: 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.
If 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.