At Monday’s (May 6) Met Gala, attendees were asked to dress to the evening’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Based off of Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp,’” celebrities rocked the pink carpet in some of the most extravagant and strange outfits in the event’s history. Now, a true expert in the world of camp is weighing in on how it went.
On the latest episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, RuPaul Charles came on the show to talk about the Met Gala’s theme, saying that doing drag is one of the highest forms of camp. “We’re saying, ‘I’m not this body, I’m actually God in drag playing humanity,’” he said. “When you are in that place, you can kind of laugh at the absurdity.”
Ru was then tasked with rating how celebrities did with following the show’s assignment. For example, the star called Celine Dion’s Oscar de la Renta-designed fringe getup “borderline camp,” while calling his own neon zebra-striped tuxedo “pure camp.”
Colbert also asked RuPaul about a quote he once gave about how drag is always political, where the Drag Race host praised Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is running for president, for taking a photo backstage at a drag club in Iowa. “This is really good,” he said. “Gay people pay taxes, drag queens pay taxes, and I want a politician who’s gonna come to my drag club if I’m paying their salary.”
Watch RuPaul’s full interview with Stephen Colbert below: