RuPaul is ALL about honesty.
In a new interview for Vulture, the drag superstar was asked how he felt about Lip Sync Battle, considering the 55-year-old’s own reality competition also features contestants moving their mouths to music.
And in response, the model threw some serious shade at the Spike show, saying:
“Oh, I don’t think of it. It’s a poor ripoff of our show.”
“Regular, straight pop culture has liberally lifted things from gay culture as long as I can remember. And that’s fine, because guess what? We have so much more where that comes from. Take it!”
He does have a point.
In RuPaul’s Drag Race, the eliminations in each episode are based on a lip sync battle between the bottom two drag queens. And that series is on it’s eighth season now.
But the TV personality admitted that people tend to prefer the straight alternative to the gay version of anything, adding:
“That’s why [my new show] Gay for Play is such a fun thing, because we’ve taken the best of the gay sensibility and put it all in one place. And we’re showing these b*tches how it’s really done. But it’s funny how that works, even in gay culture. There’s a certain ‘gay shame.’ Gay people will accept a straight pop star over a gay pop star, or they will accept a straight version of a gay thing, because there’s still so much self-loathing, you know?”
He confessed that our society isn’t as progressive as we’d like to think:
“They talk so much about acceptance now today and it’s like, yes, but trust me ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I’m old and I know this sh*t ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ it’s superficial. Because as soon as the lights go out, you’ll see how advanced people’s thinking is. This so-called ‘Will & Grace acceptance’ era is just people f*cking posing. Things haven’t changed that much.”
But circling back to that diss, we’d like to point out that there are some pretty great moments on Lip Sync Battle.
However, have you ever seen two competitors on the relatively-new series jump into splits on the EXACT SAME BEAT like in this moment when Laganja Estranja and Joslyn Fox faced off in season 6 of Drag Race?
Plus, we’re STILL blown away by this incredible Pitch Perfect parody from last week’s episode (below)!
We love both of these popular programs, but which one do U think does lip syncing the best? SOUND OFF in the comments!