WATCH: RuPaul Gives Odd Answer Regarding Behind-The-Scenes Diversity On 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

September 23 2019

Emmy winner RuPaul has officially confused folks with his backstage answer at the Emmys.

After RuPaul and his team won for Outstanding Competition Program for RuPaul's Drag RaceEssence's Danielle Young asked RuPaul about the importance of diversity behind the scenes on television, including RuPaul's Drag Race. In fact, Young said she asked that question because there wasn't a lot of diversity within the crew that RuPaul brought on stage.

After making an awkward joke that he represents "the BLT community" as well as the LGBT community, RuPaul said, "First of all, the host of our show is Black, gay and a drag queen, so check, check and check. But we're pretty diverse. There are lots of different types of people here. Is it important, absolutely."

After alluding to the famous quote "All my life I had to fight" from The Color Purple (and bungling the quote), he said, "It wasn't easy getting here. You know what I had to do. And some of the things, I'm not even going to repeat that I had to do."

Young followed up with some problematic aspects of his response, tweeting in part, "He thinks [because] he is Black, gay & a drag queen, that somehow [h]is diversity quota is met."

Folks agreed with this assessment.

Even Drag Race alum Willam had some things to say about RuPaul's comments.

 

Aside from the franchise's stateside series, RuPaul's Drag Race has upcoming spinoffs in Thailand and the UK, the latter of which is premiering this October on the BBC iPlayer.

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