It’s Time For You To Have A Strongly-Held Opinion About RuPaul and The Emmy Awards

Let’s not fight. Instead, for your consideration…

You either care about the Emmy Awards or you think they’re as meaningless and self-congratulatory as the Oscars and the Cable Aces.

On a secondary cultural front, you’re most likely of the opinion that either drag is amazing and “fierce” or that it’s a played-out relic of whenever older gays say was the greatest, most meaningful time ever to be a homosexual. Or maybe you’re one of those “it’s bad for the gays blahblahmeowblah” people.

Then there’s reality TV. You’re on board for housewife-instigated brawls at christenings and contests of skill like extreme-cupcake-baking or you’re fed up with everything except Mad Men and Nurse Jackie.

So your level of concern for the following issue will depend on those complicated feelings. That issue involves Logo and the RuPaul Emmy campaign. There is one. They want RuPaul’s Drag Race to be nominated in the Outstanding Reality Program category and for RuPaul to win Outstanding Host for A Reality Program. Go look at that video up there. It’s about how RuPaul deserves an Emmy, which brings up another First World Issue to ponder—does anyone actually ever deserve an Emmy? Ricky Martin and Andy Cohen and Jennifer Hudson and at least thirteen other celebrities believe he does. Judith Light thinks everyone should give RuPaul an Emmy, a good-hearted if logistically unfeasible wish.

Here’s a good way to think about it if you don’t want to spend any time thinking about it: RuPaul’s been a drag ambassador for decades now. And while he comes from a different, somewhat more mass media-friendly tradition than, say, art terrorists like Vaginal Davis or the late Leigh Bowery and Divine, he learned how to cross over without sacrificing his realness.

His show is really entertaining, better than most stupid reality shows and unquestionably groundbreaking and—on a personal note—I once was blocking an entire aisle of my local supermarket with my cart and my big dumb fat body and RuPaul walked up behind me and politely, softly, said, “Excuse me, may I pass?” and I looked up and saw him and thought, “Wow, that is a supertall, superskinny dude that looks just like RuPaul.” Then I said, “Oh, yeah, sorry,” and I shoved over a bit but not much at all because, like I said, he’s got this 22-inch waist or something. And he said, “Thank you.” Then I realized it was RuPaul and not just some Ru-alike. Fascinating story, I know. So if they count nice manners in the Emmy judging process then he absolutely should get one.

Okay, now start fighting.

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  • prohomo

    Love RuPaul!! I’m so happy for her success and she/he’s kept it classy!!!

  • Mark

    Who cares one way or the other? I don’t like either but fine for those who do.

  • ousslander

    Don’t miss an episode

  • Rich

    I had the great fortune of meeting Ru/ Charles several times in the early 90’s when he would make appearances at Pride events. He was always the very definition of Grace & Poise. Truly a special person and more than deserving of an Emmy. Good luck and “don’t fuck it up”.

  • RomanHans

    Great post! It’s ridiculous: if Jeff Probst deserves three Emmys, then RuPaul *certainly* deserves a nomination. Drag Race is one of the most entertaining programs on TV, and RuPaul presides over it with wit, wisdom and love.

  • gurlene

    Ru honey, don’t worry. Your mantle may be empty but your bank account surely is not. At the end of the day (or the first of the month when the mortgage is due) that is ALL that matters.

  • Gregorie

    Give nominations to Ru and Cat Deeley for So You Think You Can Dance.

  • Sharon McIntyre

    I love Ru I find her/him so riveting. I find everything my girl does to be sickening. If anybody deserves an Emmy it isRu. In a world of reality pretenders, he/she is the REAL deal. How he/she has managed to be mainstream in this ultra rigid pc media society is a miracle. Mr. Charles consistently stays entertaining and wow its as if he/she hasn’t aged one bit. You know what they say “Black don’t crack”… can I get an Amen in here? So stop the insanity and ….bring back my girls (spoken in a dramatic Betty Davis-ish way). Nominate RuPaul for an Emmy I don’t care what category, it really doesn’t matter. I’m sure whatever the category he is worthy.

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