During a recent gig in San Jose, California, headlining the Starf*cker party at Splash Video Dance Bar, the RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars season 4 contestant threw some shots Ru’s way.
“So welcome to the world of drag that includes transgender,” she says on the mic after having come out of a multi-colored fur coat during her first number. “Yeah girl, fuck Miss RuPaul and her ignorant-ass comments.” Yeah. Shots.
The speech was obviously directly addressing RuPaul’s controversial comments from earlier this year about trans performers participating in Drag Race. At the time, the “Supermodel” singer said: “Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male dominated culture.” Women are probably the best positioned to flip the bird to a male-dominated culture but go off sis.
Ru then fumbled an apology in the uproar that followed but Sonique and Gunn’s inclusion — both are trans women who have fully transitioned — in more recent Drag Race projects have been generally thought of as furthering the queen’s sincerity. Clearly, for Gia, it’s not enough.
— CAPT. JORGE (@soddennine) December 23, 2018
“It’s about to be 2019 OK, and I’m tired of giving hoes credit that don’t deserve no type of credit,” Gunn said. “Let me tell you guys who makes this thing go around: us queens, and us as a community. So that said, give a round of applause for each and every single one of you being here tonight.”
And it’s true: while RuPaul has found a way to consolidate and cultivate an international fan base for drag, that community doesn’t have to necessarily be beholden to her. And while we won’t deprive her of the credit she deserves (I mean, she was the face of all of that cultivation, thrusting drag into the spotlight in a variety of spaces) that doesn’t mean we can’t also move on to a new generation of queens getting top billing.
What was that? You wanted a Gia Gunn’s Drag Race? Will take it under consideration.