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RuPaul says the “drag fun ended” when he got famous

RuPaul in Netflix show, AJ and The Queen

“When I got famous, that’s when the drag fun ended for me, honestly.

I couldn’t terrorize y’all’s neighborhoods anymore because I became the face of drag!

I’ve always been ambitious and I’ve always liked to look under the hood to see how things actually worked.

So I knew that if I was was going to do drag and make it above 14th Street so to speak, I had to calculate the image.

What I did was I had one part Dolly Parton to two parts Cher, one part David Bowie and a big heaping spoonful of Diana Ross.

Then I took the subversive sexuality out of my persona so Betty and Joe Beercan could invite me into their living room and you know what it worked.”— RuPaul on Late Night With Seth Myers.