Oprah Meets RuPaul: How Ru Doing?

Talkshow titan Oprah Winfrey has interviewed RuPaul for her SuperSoul Conversations series and Drag Race fans are gonna want to check it out.


In a series of tantalising clips released to coincide with the interview’s publication in this month’s O Magazine, Oprah and Ru discuss topics like: how RuPaul learned to stop seeking his father’s approval, whether society is becoming more accepting and the meaning of his catchphrase “born naked and the rest is drag”.

“I knew you were my kind of human when I heard you say “we’re all born naked and the rest is just drag” Oprah tells RuPaul, quoting French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, in agreement. “We are spiritual beings, having a human experience.”

RuPaul goes on to tell Oprah that he found his “tribe” in Monty Python’s Flying Circus at 11 years old. “Okay, they get it. They’re irreverent, they’re not taking anything seriously and they’re having fun. That’s what this is all about.”

“Often on your show you seem to be giving spiritual advice?” “We challenge them [the contestants] to go beyond their own limited perception of themselves,” says Ru. “And that is the most spiritual teaching there is,” agrees Winfrey.

RuPaul goes on to tell Winfrey that the reason that RuPaul’s Drag Race seems to be having a ‘moment’ is because of a “new breed” of intelligent youth with belief systems that seem to “transcend” 20th century thinking on the topics of identity.

“I think they found our show, and I think our show speaks to that emerging voice of young people who are looking for something. It’s almost like a religion or a way of life. They see the kids overcome, not only there personal adversities but also the challenges with the other kids on the show and they think ‘I can do that’.”

The pair’s full interview appears in the print issue of this month’s O Magazine, as well as on Winfrey’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast.

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