‘Drag will never be mainstream’
RuPaul has won his fourth consecutive Emmy as a reality host for his work on RuPaul’s Drag Race at the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles. The show, which is soon to make its debut in the UK, was nominated for 14 awards – taking home three of those, for hair, costume, and best host.
The win ties RuPaul with Jeff Probst, the host of reality game show Survivor, for the most awards in the category. RuPaul said of his win: “I show up to work because I love drag queens, love dramatic people, love being around people who march to a different drummer”.
The host, who admitted having trouble putting words together backstage, added: “Drag is dangerous. Drag is not politically correct… I know people say, 'You’re mainstream,' but drag will never be mainstream.”
Elsewhere at the Emmys, Netflix’s Queer Eye scooped up four awards including for their casting, and best structured reality programme, while Beyoncé’s Homecoming inexplicably lost out to James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke in the Variety Special category.
RuPaul said that he hopes to continue the expansion of his hit show across the world: “We have a Canadian version, UK version, a Thailand version, a Chilean version, how much bigger would I like it to get? How many countries are there?" he said. "I think it’s a good show. There are drag queens all over the place, I think we can do a lot of them.”
Catch RuPaul reflecting on his win below: