Jeff Probst should be nervously sweating into his Survivor bandana today, for RuPaul is now just one award away from tying his record as the winner of the most Emmys for Outstanding Host of a Reality or Reality Competition Program. Condragulations, Ru! Jeff, enjoy what’s left of your moment; everyone knows it’s way more difficult to wrangle the emotions of a drag queen hell-bent on doing Beyoncé for Snatch Game than those of people eating flies on an island.
Ru won his third consecutive Emmy award for hosting RuPaul’s Drag Race at the Creative Arts Emmys last night. “I guess it really does matter to wait until the cameras are rolling” thought a bitter Pearl. Ru went to collect his award in another gorgeous pink sit and led the audience in a call-and-response chant of “Everybody say love!”
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Drag Race won four of the twelve awards they were nominated for yesterday: Outstanding Host, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Costumes for a Reality Program, and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special. That last one went to Hector Pocasangre and Miss Delta Work, who can now say she’s one-half of one of the most legendary lip syncs for your life and an Emmy winner. There’s still one award pending: Outstanding Reality Show Program, but that winner won’t be announced until the Primetime Emmys next week.
Back in the press room, Ru posed with his third Emmy, telling reporters: “36-24-36 – and yes, they are real!“.
Ru also gave a master class in positive thinking backstage when asked if the optimistic mood of the show effects today’s bummer of a political climate.
“The divisiveness is new to you, to the white folks. But for outsiders, for us, the gay, black – we have survived and thrived in this kind of atmosphere all of our lives. At Drag Race we’ve always done what we do, and we will continue to do what we do. It’s really about looking at life as a big choice and you can see the glass as half-full, or half-empty – one choice is correct and the other choice will be painful. I choose joy – that’s why our show is so successful.”
I can appreciate joy and positive vibes, but I also hope Ru doesn’t ever overdose on it. I’d hate to see a reading challenge in which everyone exits the library and just compliments each other’s padding. Click here to see all the Creative Arts Emmy winners.