Lady Bunny Explains Why It’s Tough For A Drag Queen To Be A Hit In Mainstream Music

lady-bunny-easterThe funny thing is we sent the song to DJ pools all over the world and I’ve just read a feedback sheet from Lebanon and France and they don’t know what Wigstock is! They don’t know who Lady Bunny is! They just like the song. To me, that’s very encouraging because while some people might listen to it because they know me or because I am a drag queen, you know that might turn other people off. The music industry is in a tailspin and they’re not looking for the next 50-year-old, overweight transvestite. They’re looking for the next Beyonce and Britney Spears. But at the same time, in the world of dance music, sometimes they’ve overlooked a really freaky image like Kevin Aviance or Divine or RuPaul or Sylvester. So a drag queen or a freak has been able to get over occasionally in the dance market. I hope to be one of those freaks!”


— Lady Bunny, drag legend, Wigstock creator, and recording artist, who discusses her career longevity in an interview with Huffington Post’s Noah Michelson

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  • miniskull

    When you can read music and hit a decent note, then we’ll talk. A singer has to know how sing. Even you are Justin Bieber. I’m so sick of these “entertainers” (reality stars, drag queens) who keep complaining how they are not being “taken as seriously” in the music industry. Please, get on the long line. There are way better looking, more talented and diligent struggling artists than these celebrities and I don’t hear them whining. Good luck with that attitude.

  • boring

    Nobody is taken seriously in the music industry, because the music industry has been broken for DECADES.

  • Fitz

    I’m not going to blame Bunny for being a personality-based act–
    but yes, the industry is a mess. I had really hoped that things like
    iTunes would have made it more democratic, so that musicians who connect
    with people could make a living– but instead it just reinforced the
    whole pop-pop music as a consumable fashion idea. People need to demand more
    from their music. And they need to support it. Buy the damn whole album and
    see if you can learn something other than the catchy hook on the radio.
    Go to a show! Go to three! Music used to be deeply personal and meaningful.

  • boring

    Music continues to be deeply personal and meaningful, this has never, nor will ever change.

    It’s the consumer’s decision whether or not to engage.

  • Fitz

    If people have an emotional connection to Britney, Rhianna, Taylor or the like,
    then I am officially an old man. Sorry.. but.. yes, I am older..
    but better music from the 60’s & 70’s is still relevant and
    meaningful. I don’t see that for these Disney character ready-made pop acts.

  • Bob LaBlah

    Hey Buns. I am always going to remember you and Wigstock as the good ol’ fun days of being gay. Back then jobs J(for the most part) paid a LIVING wage, came with benefits and the hope of being able to retire. I am middle age, retired with a comfortable pension and packed up and left NYC because I could live like a king in the midwest compared to living in NYC.
    Times change honey, and I do HOPE you saw these days coming and prepared for them. I am referring to days when the phone wouldn’t ring with offers as often as it once did. By the way, what ever happened to Flotilla DeBarge, Mistress Formica, Taboo and the rest of the old Wigstock gang? Now that would be a nice “Where are they now” show or documentary.

  • boring

    @Fitz: Music was never ever “better in the old days.” People just reminisce about when they were young, relevant and pop culture was marketed specifically to them when they were too stupid to understand the cynicism behind it.

    Music is just as good as it used to be, you just have to put the effort into finding the substance.

  • Matt G

    yes, the 60’s and 70’s had Zeppelin, but it also had the Monkees and depending on your tastes The Carpenters could be either or

    Really all you need to go from celebrity to having some hit singles or even a record is a good producer, which Bunny apparently didn’t because her single is terrible

  • boring

    I would listen to The Monkees over Zepplin any day of the week.

    The Monkees were totally bitchin’.

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