In this week’s episode of Billboard Pride’s “Spillin’ the Tea” video collection, Aja, Peppermint, Bob the Drag Queen, Gia Gunn and Jiggly Caliente deal with the topic of racism within the drag fandom and got down to differentiate cultural appropriation, appreciation and assimilation.
Kicking issues off, Peppermint brings up a tweet Bob posted again in June, which identified that no black queens, except for RuPaul, had over a million Instagram followers [Bob has since broken one million followers.] Bob stated on the time that it wasn’t the present’s fault, however that it was the Drag Race fandom guilty.
“I believe that the reply to possibly fixing racism is acknowledging racism,” Bob replies. “People saying ‘I'm not racist’ drives me loopy… All white individuals are racist… If you're white and also you're raised in America, you're raised by means of TV, by means of books, by means of each single factor to have racial bias in direction of white individuals and towards individuals of shade.”
“People on-line are most likely favoring folks that they resemble,” Bob provides. “Favoring individuals they see themselves in, and there are lots of white individuals. So white of us are following the white of us.”
Asked if she has felt discriminated towards for being Asian, Gia Gunn responds that she has not, however that as a result of she speaks fluent Spanish and may be very influenced by Latin tradition, individuals typically query why she is “making an attempt to be Latina.”
To that, Bob factors out that there's a huge distinction between appropriation, appreciation and assimilation. “Appropriation is once you take another person's tradition and also you pawn it off as your personal,” she explains. “Appreciation is once you respect what different cultures have, and assimilation is when a smaller tradition assimilates to what a bigger tradition's doing as a result of they should survive."
Peppermint, in the meantime, notes that even though drag is about being a “renegade,” she typically discovered herself, as a black queen, being held right into a “actually tight lane by the white of us” that will come to her exhibits. “I felt like what they might settle for from me wasn't essentially what I needed to current,” she provides. “I believe that's a part of the problem with race is that folks will settle for a black queen, however solely on their phrases.”
You can watch the complete video above to listen to rather more from the queens’ dialogue on racism within the drag fandom, and watch the earlier episodes of “Spillin’ the Tea” beneath.