Paul O’Grady hates RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Speaking to Ben Hunte for BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Gay Britannia series, the Lily Savage star explained why the Emmy-nominated show annoys him so much. “That’s not drag! It’s all about shading and contouring your face now and being like supermodels,” he fumed, adding that there are amazing drag comedians who are incomparable to RuPaul’s drag queens – Marc Fleming, Auntie Flo, Mrs Shufflewick. “Drag is doing an act. That’s dressing up. That [Drag Race] is transvestism,” O’Grady said, “Drag is an act, where you get up, you do your act, you get changed and you go home – you don’t parade round the streets doing all this business. I’ve no interest in it whatsoever, none at all.” When it was put to him that Drag Race had brought drag to a new generation and out in the open, O’Grady said: “I don’t like that. I always believed Lily Savage belonged in a pub, especially a gay bar, where you could rant and rave.”

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