'Drag Race' Queens Talk Drag's Future in Pop Culture, Importance of Supporting Local Talent: Watch

In the first weekly installment of Billboard Pride’s “Spillin’ the Tea” video series with RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Shea Couleé, Ginger Minj, Miz Cracker, Jasmine Masters, Eureka O'Hara and Tammie Brown, the queens chat about the future of drag and popular culture, as well as the importance of supporting local drag performers.

Speaking with her fellow queens, Miz Cracker poses the question: have we reached a limit for drag? “Have we come so far that the bubble's gonna burst, and there can't be any more queens?” she asks, receiving a resounding “no” from her fellow drag stars.

“Absolutely not,” says Ginger Minj, “because every queen's different…every queen represents a different part of the entire spectrum. So as long as there are new queens coming up that are offering something different, of course there's going to be a space for them as, well.”

Shea Couleé shares similar sentiments, stating that as long as there are “little boys and girls out there that love putting on makeup and wigs and just celebrating being extra, drag will still live on. It's just a celebration of just being more than what you see on your driver's license.”

Eureka O'Hara points out that while drag culture has long been big within the LGBTQ entertainment industries, drag is now becoming more mainstream. Therefore, fans now include anyone from heterosexual women to men and their families. “Now we're broadening to a whole new spectrum of people,” she adds, “So I think it's just now starting to get good. It's about to be freakin' crazy.”

The queens also chat about how the success of RuPaul’s Drag Race has impacted local drag, with Shea making note that there is something “so pure” about local drag. “You aren't making shit,” she says. “Every single dollar you make goes back into a costume or a wig. You sacrifice eating a sandwich, you sacrifice paying your rent.”

“It's kind of like, if you say, ‘I love music,’ you can't only listen to Ariana Grande,” adds Cracker, while Ginger reminds viewers that while every single local drag performance might not be their cup of tea, they should be able to find something that they can appreciate in each and every one.

“Every flower belongs in the garden,” concludes Tammie Brown.

You can watch the full episode of “Spillin’ the Tea’ above.

RuPaul's Drag Race airs Thursdays 8/7c on VH1.


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