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Islamophobia Kills

Islamophobia Kills

RuPaul on politics

In this week’s  MetroWeekly :

RUPAUL: I don’t really do the politics. I think the most important politics are personal politics. What an individual feels from the inside out. And that’s where real change happens. It happens on a personal level.
I remember when Marianne Williamson was going to run for Congress here in California, and I asked her why. The impact she has on a personal level is far more important and far more reaching than she could do in some stodgy, bureaucratic committee. Personal politics is really what it’s all about. You change the world on a personal level, by changing yourself.
I have no faith in politics or Washington. I don’t look to them to determine how free I am, or how I view myself as equal. Because they will never get it. They don’t have the software or the hardware to understand what that’s really about.
MW: Switching gears, what was the inspiration behind your new album, Butch Queen?
RUPAULButch Queen is me paying homage to the strength of drag queens. If you read George Orwell’s Animal Farm, it really chronicles the way humans behave in a revolution. They start it with the idea of freedom or equality, and then essentially, over time, forget what the purpose was. And they end up wanting to just assimilate into what the status quo was. What they were rebelling against in the first place. And in different times, people start walking on their hind legs like the pigs in Animal Farm and they forget where the strength came from. Their true colors come out over time. Another part of that is that people end up forgetting why they had a revolution in the first place. It becomes very clear that people really just want [what they had before]. The new boss, same as the old boss.
I’ve said this before, drag queens are like the Marines of the LGBT movement. We suit up, we show up, and we’re always ready to serve. And we don’t get that credit.

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