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RuPaul to straight women: Gay people are not your accessories

RuPaul has some sharp words for straight women who feel entitled to use gay bars as a carnivalesque stop-in for their shrill, slurry bachelorette parties.

Speaking with “Dinner Party Overload,” he says the trend is emblematic of a much larger problem: straight people who treat gay culture like it’s their own personal accessory.

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“Check yourself before you wreck yourself,” RuPaul says. “You know, this is an important thing: People who live in the mainstream and the status quo think that everyone else is there to serve them.”

“People don’t know how to place me in their consciousness. They think, ‘Oh, you must be here to make me look good. That’s what gay guys are, right? You’re an accessory for my straight life.’ Just because your limited view is that everyone’s there to serve you and that you’re the only person in the world. It doesn’t work that way.

So I’m a brown-skinned gay man. You know, I do drag. Early on, I learned that I could do it well and make money. So people automatically ask me about beauty tips. And I get kids who write me and say, ‘I wish you could do my makeup for my prom?’ Or, ‘I wish you could do my makeup for my wedding?’ I’m like, ‘Bitch, I’m not a makeup artist. I’m an enter-taint-er! OK?’”

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While Ru emphasizes that straight people are welcome in gay bars, he strongly suggests they try to understand what the spaces are for in the first place.

h/t: The Grio