RuPaul

  • 31 October 2005

Occupation

Actor

RuPaul on the red carpet at the 2018 Time 100 Gala held at Jazz at the Lincoln Center. This year's list of the most influential people in the world include Millie Bobby Brown, Tiffany Haddish, Nicole Kidman, John Krasinski, Cardi B and Meghan Markle - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 24th April 2018

RuPaul Apologises For Transgender Drag Queen Comments

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 06 March 2018

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The host of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' has stepped back on comments that upset the transgender drag queen community.

It's hard work representing an entire community on one of the biggest platforms the world has to offer, and that's something RuPaul found out all over again this week when comments he made in an interview suggested that he would only ever have biological males compete on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' in the future.

Image caption RuPaul has landed himself in hot water

Clear in his approach to casting the series, which features a bunch of drag queens all fighting it out for a cash prize and the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar", RuPaul claimed that the art of drag was a kick in the teeth to male-dominated culture. Rejecting masculinity at its most toxic seemed to have been the aim of his comments, but they were taken to mean that no transgender women would ever be allowed to compete.

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RuPaul seen at the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The big winner of the night was Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance 'The Shape of Water' with four awards in total - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 11th January 2018

Christmas Queens: 10 Fierce Festive Tracks From The Stars Of 'Rupaul's Drag Race'

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 21 December 2017

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There’s nothing like a drag queen to get you into the holiday spirit.

The stars of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ have been serving up holiday hits for the past three years with the annual 'Christmas Queens' albums. So, with just days before Santa arrives, here’s 10 of the best songs from our favourite Queens that will have you sashaying around the Christmas tree.

Image caption Toni Basil in 2014

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RuPaul at OZY Fest 2017 held at Rumsey Playfield in central Park - New York, United States - Saturday 22nd July 2017

RuPaul at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 7th May 2017

RuPaul Makes Hilarious Cameo In Netflix #Girlboss Trailer

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 04 April 2017

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Netflix launch its new original series '#Girlboss' starring Britt Robertson.

The real story of fashion mogul Sophia Amoruso comes to Netflix in the form of '#Girlboss'; the series adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name. The new trailer has arrived, and even sees drag queen superstar RuPaul make a cameo appearance.

Image caption RuPaul is rumoured to be a new panelist on 'Fashion Police'

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Olivia Newton John and RuPaul - "Pink Lady" Carpet for the Grand Opening of Olivia Newton John "Summer Nights" at Flamingo Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 12th April 2014

Winning? Is Amanda Bynes 'Doing A Charlie Sheen?'

By Michael West in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 04 June 2013

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Can Amanda Bynes' apparent meltdown really be compared to Charlie Sheen's famous behavior?

Amanda Bynes latest Twitter rant was levelled squarely at drag queen RuPaul, whom the television star described as being as ugly as her father. Bynes had begun the day by referring to writers at People magazine as "faggots," saying, ""Um, Peoplemag Hello? I'm not lost and alone! W H A T T H E F * C K A R E Y O U T A L K I N G A B O U T ? Follow me on twitter you faggots!"

Though she quickly deleted the tweet, RuPaul caught a glimpse of it, replying, "Derogatory slurs are ALWAYS an outward projection of a person's own poisonous self-loathing @AmandaBynes." Of course, Amanda took the bait and responded to RuPaul with a wave of abuse, saying, "My dad is as ugly as RuPaul! So thankful I look nothing like you both! I had nose surgery after my mug shots so my nose and I are gorgeous!"

RuPaul is known for her strong stance on derogatory slurs and told the Huffington Post's Gay Voices last year, "[I]n the ACT UP age we called ourselves queers because we earned the right, we took the word back. But in reality, once you go even deeper, you know, you have to come from intent. And black folks call themselves the n-word all the time. It's because the intent is coming from a place of love. If the intent is coming from a place of hatred, that's different"

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Sahara Davenport Dead; Reality World In Shock

By Contributor in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 03 October 2012

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Reality TV star _Sahara Davenport, real name Antoine Ashley, has died, according to The Daily Mail. Davenport appeared on RuPaul's reality show Drag Race on season two of the American show. He came seventh in the season, but this springboard helped him to make a go of a music career._

A statement by Logo, who put out Drag Race, read: "Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport. He was an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need."

There is some confusion about the age of Ashley when he passed away, with numbers between 27 and 32 being claimed, neither has the cause of his death been made public. RuPaul himself led the tributes, writing on Twitter "Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal." Meanwhile his fellow season two contestant JuJu Boston wrote "A beautiful angel has been added to Heaven. Rest in peace my sweet friend. We will miss you, Sahara Davenport."

Drag Race Star Sahara Davenport Dies, Cause Of Death Unconfirmed

By Hayley Avron in Movies / TV / Theatre on 02 October 2012

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Sahara Davenport, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has died. Huffington Post have reported on the news, after rumors of his death began to surface today (October 2, 2012). Details of Davenport’s death have yet to be released, though the news that he has passed away has been confirmed by several people close to him, including RuPaul and the Drag Race judge Michelle Visage.

The Logo Network, who screen Drag Race, released a statement to say “Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport. He was an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.” Wikipedia lists Davenport’s age as 27 but according to Huffington Post, he may actually have been 32, as a New York Times piece dated from 2009 said that he was 29 at the time.

In that interview, Davenport explained why he had moved to New York, to find fame and fortune: “I had to build my name here by doing talent nights, talent competitions and networking and meeting all the working girls and figure out how to work this animal of New York City. The New York scene is so much bigger than in Dallas.” On Twitter, RuPaul played tribute to Antoine by saying “Shocked & heartbroken over @SaharaDavenport. Never occurred to me that we'd ever lose one of my girls. I see them as immortal.