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5 Things We Learned From RuPaul’s Reddit AMA

5 Things We Learned From RuPaul’s Reddit AMA


Including the truth behind the pickle surprise

While a new season of Drag Race doesn't return until next year, RuPaul took to Reddit earlier this week to keep us held over until the premiere. Messages of self-acceptance were abundant as fans told Ru how much he has inspired them, and we finally learned the truth about the pickle surprise.

On what makes a gay icon:

"What makes a gay icon is someone who possesses both masculine and feminine qualities simultaneously. Someone with the power of Judy Garland and the vulnerability of Judy Garland is a shoe-in. The world we live in is made up of polar opposites, black/white, male/female, night/day, and a human being who possesses both masculine and feminine - vulnerability and strength - is intriguing to us, whether they be a singer or actor or dancer, intrigues us, because THAT Is who we really are. We are this world, all of it, and when we recognize it in other people - that person gets our attention.

That person becomes the representation of your own potential."

On meeting Kurt Cobain at the 1993 VMAs:

"He was a real sweetheart. And he told me that he had come to see my nightclub act, in Seattle, but got there two hours too late! Haha! He had no idea that they put me on at the club so early. So he completely missed me. But he was a real sweetheart, a real kind soul. And he actually - we worked together again on SNL, you know, later on that same year. And he and the rest of the boys were absolutely fabulous, so lovely, and they really appreciated what I was doing, I think mainly because he thought outside the box and understood that, you know, what drag is at its core, totally punk-rock."

On why Ru performs under his real name:

"Because I was stupid. It's important to use a stage name so that your real name doesn't appear on public records."

On the example he's set about living without apology:

"Well, there's no way I could really gather that and I LOVE that people say that about me. I think it's so beautiful and wonderful. But I gotta tell you, my motivation for being who I am and doing what i do is a selfish one. It's because i love to laugh, love to have fun, love to be creative, and I have to keep PREACHING the positive energy really for myself - being a sensitive soul, it's very easy for me to take on other people's energy, so my personal mantra is 'Love yourself, love yourself, love yourself.'"

On where the pickle is in a pickle surpise:

"HAHAHAHAHAA. Oh my god. Do you realize that we filmed Pickle Surprise about twenty-five years ago? And the surprise in a pickle surprise is that there is no pickle! HAHAHA!"

Head over to Reddit for the full AMA.

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