‘RuPaul’s Drag Race:’ RuPaul Uses Emmy Speech to Encourage Viewers to Vote
He’s a winner, baby! RuPaul won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Host for the fourth year in a row. The reality show’s spin-off series, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked grabbed multiple nominations. Additionally, the television series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Here’s how RuPaul used his speech to encourage political activism among its viewers.
RuPaul won the 2019 Emmy Award for Best Reality Competition
It’s no surprise that RuPaul took home another Emmy-win last night. This time, RuPaul’s Drag Race earned the award for Best Reality Competition
“I’m definitely not going to talk about politics itself, but I will encourage people to go and register to vote, I think that’s the least we can do with our show,” RuPaul said during an Emmy press conference. “You know, our television show really is about the freedom of expression and love and colors and music and movement and it does sometimes feel like those things are going away. We feel it is our duty to at least show young people how to preserve that great tradition.”
This is not the first time RuPaul encouraged political activism
If you watch RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’ll figure out RuPaul’s political opinions pretty quickly. One of the episodes nominated at this year’s Emmy’s is entitled “Trump: The Rusical.” This was a musical episode, where the contestants impersonated important women in politics.
There have been episodes where contestants had to create their own political campaigns. RuPaul even featured Nancy Pelosi during one episode, stressing the importance of political activism. At RuPaul’s DragCon in New York City, fans had the opportunity to register to vote, thanks to the organization Headcount.
RuPaul’s DragCon allowed attendees to register to vote
When RuPaul took his annual Drag Convention to New York City, some attendees walked around with clipboards, covered in a red and blue sticker. They were with the organization Headcount, a nonprofit group that promotes voter registration “and participation in democracy.” There was one panel at this year’s convention entitled “Trump and Mitch, Sashay Away: How We Win in 2020.” There was even a video message from Senator Elizabeth Warren.
“A record number of trans women were killed last year, disproportionately trans women of color. We need to call it out, and we need to fight back,” Elizabeth Warren said. “Everyone should be able to go to school, to work, to get health care, or just walk down the street without fear of discrimination or violence. Equal means equal, period. And that’s what I’m fighting for.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK premieres on WOW Presents Plus on Oct. 3, 2019. Episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked are available for streaming on VH1.com and on the VH1 app.