Drag queens run the world

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

It’s been a good few weeks for drag queens. Not that ev­ery day is not fab­u­lous for these di­vas, but apart from reg­u­lar clips from sum­mer Pride pa­rades and fundrais­ers we have seen on tele­vi­sion and on­line, I have no­ticed lately that the me­dia has cel­e­brated sev­eral celebrity en­coun­ters with our sis­ters in se­quins.

For in­stance, singer Adele just proved her­self a be­liever that im­i­ta­tion is the high­est form of flat­tery. That’s be­cause she no­ticed Kristo­pher Zello, aka Kristie Cham­pagne, in the au­di­ence at a re­cent con­cert in Seat­tle and pulled her up on stage. Kristie looked so much like Adele that the su­per­star com­pli­mented Kristie’s dress and called her, “the best Adele I’ve ever seen.” Af­ter the pair em­braced, Adele showed Kristie off to the rest of the au­di­ence and launched her 15 min­utes of in­ter­na­tional fame.

I went to see the re­cently re­leased “Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: The Movie” and no­ticed I shared the theater with a ma­jor­ity of gay male pa­trons. Since I didn’t get to my seat un­til just be­fore lights-out, I missed scan­ning the au­di­ence for those dressed like the stars of the movie. I am sure plenty were there, as were Ed­ina and Patsy im­per­son­ators around the world as Jen­nifer Saun­ders and Joanna Lum­ley trav­eled the globe to big-city pre­mieres.

The big­gest buzz came from Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, as both ac­tors were happy to pose for pic­tures with their drag char­ac­ters. Saun­ders even took an op­por­tu­nity to get up close and per­sonal with Maxi Shield and her in­fa­mous large fake breasts. The Bri­tish co­me­dian grabbed the celebrity drag queen’s mas­sive bo­som with her hands, but even with her fingers out­stretched she was un­able to cop a full feel.

Hil­lary Clin­ton might be­come our next pres­i­dent. But will her pantsuits be­come an ad­di­tion to a drag queen’s reper­toire? We came close re­cently when Bob the Drag Queen, reign­ing cham­pion of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” posted a fan-made video on In- sta­gram of Clin­ton walk­ing on­stage to the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion “purse­first,” a trade­mark of Bob’s. Not ex­actly drag, but an im­me­di­ate drag ref­er­ence af­ter the DNC was cer­tainly wel­comed.

Speak­ing of Hil­lary, a video from ear­lier this year that made the rounds again fol­low­ing the con­ven­tion comes from Mash­able and their ac­knowl­edg­ment of Clin­ton’s low lik­a­bil­ity rat­ings. So they brought three of New York’s fa­mous drag queens - Scar­let Envy, De­lighted Tobe­here and Hat­tie Hath­away - to give their best ver­sion of Hil­lary. The re­sult? The judges chose a man - out of drag, whose name also hap­pened to be Hil­lary - as their choice. Sorry, Hil­lary. Bet­ter luck af­ter No­vem­ber.

Ku­dos to my straight col­leagues out there for re­al­iz­ing the art of drag is for all to partake in, and that one of the high­est com­pli­ments that can be paid to a woman in the spot­light is to have a man wear your look.

Melissa Carter is one of the Morn­ing Show hosts on B98.5. In ad­di­tion, she is a writer for the Huff­in­g­ton Post. She is rec­og­nized as one of the first out ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties in At­lanta and one of the few in the coun­try. Fol­low her on Twit­ter@Melis­saCarter

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