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RuPaul Has Returned to Social Media — Here's His First Posts

RuPaul at the judging table for Drag Race

The world-renowned drag star is back, back, back again.

MikelleStreet

Since the beginning of the quarantine, RuPaul Charles has been mostly absent from social media. Not visually: there have been videos and photos circulating of the performer from hosting his show, appearing on game shows, and doing the Emmys. But instead, there's been no posts from Charles' own personal Instagram and Twitter accounts. In fact, after months of radio silence, in July he wiped his Instagram and Twitter entirely of content. He even went so far as to temporarily deactivate his Twitter account. Well, now he's back.

Late Wednesday night, Charles posted a tweet from his reactivated Twitter account.

"Olivia Newton-John has started a new foundation to find kinder ways to treat, prevent, [and] cure all cancers with a strong focus on plant medicine," he wrote. "Follow [and] support." The post included a photo of Newton-John.

The same post was uploaded to the personal Instagram. His Instagram accounts remains the second most followed account of a drag performer, surpassed only by Pabllo Vittar.

Yep, that's it!

Charles' reactivated Twitter account includes a new profile image that seems like a silhouette shot of a well-known RuPaul's Drag Racepromo shot of the performer. The Instagram maintains a photo of Charles out of drag. That was uploaded after the account was wiped.

He has given no reason for wiping the accounts. Some, like James William Ross, have said it was all in anticipation of some imagery circulating that would paint the star in a bad light. There's no evidence that was the case.

Ru's cleanse came around the cleans of others. Michelle Visage wiped her Twitter account in June and it remains out of use. Canada's Drag Race judge Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman also deleted his Twitter account in August and it has not been reactivated. Chapman's deletion came after a wave of criticism and trolls responding to his critiques as a judge on the show.

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.