RuPaul Says Lip Sync Battle Is ''a Poor Ripoff'' of Drag Race

"Regular, straight pop culture has liberally lifted things from gay culture as long as I can remember," the 55-year-old told Vulture

By Bruna Nessif Mar 23, 2016 9:17 PMTags
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It turns out not everyone is a fan of Lip Sync Battle.

The new Spike TV show hosted by LL Cool J has taken the world by storm with it's entertaining lip sync battles between the stars, but RuPaul wants to remind everyone that the sole idea was first illustrated on the small screen on his popular reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race.

The 55-year-old drag supermodel silenced the hype surrounding LSB when he was asked what he thought of the show by Vulture, "Oh, I don't think of it. It's a poor ripoff of our show."


In Drag Race, lip sync performances play a key role in deciding which queens shanté (stay) and which queens sashay away (get the boot). Spike TV had no comment.

However, RuPaul isn't sweating it. "Regular, straight pop culture has liberally lifted things from gay culture as long as I can remember. And that's fine, because guess what? We have so much more where that comes from. Take it! That's why [my new show] Gay for Play is such a fun thing, because we've taken the best of the gay sensibility and put it all in one place.

"And we're showing these bitches how it's really done. But it's funny how that works, even in gay culture. There's a certain 'gay shame.' Gay people will accept a straight pop star over a gay pop star, or they will accept a straight version of a gay thing, because there's still so much self-loathing, you know?"

RuPaul explains that despite the rise in "acceptance" with the gay community, there is still an underlying issue that remains to be resolved, and that is the root of the problem.

"They talk so much about acceptance now today and it's like, yes, but trust me—I'm old and I know this s--t—it's superficial. Because as soon as the lights go out, you'll see how advanced people's thinking is. This so-called 'Will & Grace acceptance' era is just people f--king posing. Things haven't changed that much. You see it in politics right now—that's the f--king truth of people. And you know, people will have you think, 'Oh, we're fashion. We're gay. That's my gay over there!' It's like, no. We're still a very, very, very primitive culture."