Honey Davenport Talks Shocking Lip Sync Battle, Activism in Drag & More After ‘Drag Race’ Exit


On Thursday evening, RuPaul’s Drag Race introduced us to church, because the queens created and filmed their very personal televangelist speak reveals honoring their favourite pop divas. Nina West’s workforce took on Britney Spears, whereas Ra’Jah O’Hara’s tackled Mariah Carey.

While the Britney squad excelled within the problem, handing Nina West her first win within the competitors, the Mariah workforce flopped since nobody within the group appeared to know a lot in regards to the Elusive Chanteuse. In a surprising transfer, RuPaul pressured every of the underside six queens to lip sync without delay to the Hex Hector remix of Jennifer Lopez’s “Waiting for Tonight.” When the mud settled, RuPaul despatched Honey Davenport packing.

Honey chatted with Billboard the day after her elimination in regards to the surprising lip sync battle, what went fallacious in her Mariah Carey problem, and her outspoken activism.

How are you feeling after watching the elimination final evening?

You know, I assumed it was gonna be the toughest factor that I've ever watched. I used to be telling a pal yesterday, "I'm so unhappy proper now, and nothing will make me not unhappy." I felt that I’d be very damage. 

But really to be fairly trustworthy, watching it final evening, I simply felt so pleased with myself. This has been a dream of mine that I bought to perform. I actually want that I might have went additional, don't get me fallacious — I want I had extra alternative to indicate the world who I’m, however this positively simply gave me some nice publicity to showcase all of my artwork to the remainder of the world, and a giant enormous platform to speak about all the social points that I based mostly my profession round. I'm in a very good spot.

Going again to that second, what was the response from you and within the room when Ru introduced that each one six of the underside queens could be lip syncing for his or her lives?

Initially, it was like, "So… that's actual. I didn't count on to lip sync this early." But truthfully, I felt like, "This is what I do, I'm a performer." Listen, I'm a New York City staple, I positively didn't count on that anyone else would out-lip-sync me. I used to be like, "Just be sure to ship the tune and the efficiency within the type of Honey Davenport." And watching the episode, I felt like I did that. I'm tremendous pleased with what I did — it was dangerous in its personal means, and whoever did or didn't prefer it, that's one factor. But I used to be precisely who I’m. I used to be true to who I used to be, and I let the world see who I’m. I believe I carried out that tune in addition to I’d have at some other venues.

It was clear to the viewers that the Mariah side of your problem went somewhat awry. If you can return, would you select a unique diva to worship?

Well, I personally don't like being advised "no." So I wish to simply say "no" to the remainder of the world about going again to aim Mariah once more, simply because I'm cussed. However, I used to be positively the voice of cause, saying that we didn't know sufficient about Mariah and that it was most likely a nasty thought. I ought to have taken a stronger stance on that, clearly. Because it was a nasty thought, yo. [Laughs.]

I assumed your runway look was so robust, I cherished the homage to Lady Gaga's "Angel Down." In the clip they performed, you stated the outfit was impressed by your connection to gun violence — in case you don't thoughts my asking, in mild of the Christchurch taking pictures information, what’s that connection, and what message did you wish to ship together with your look?

Well, it's a mixture — the complete factor of what I ought to have stated was it’s impressed by [both] "Angel Down" and "Formation" by Beyoncé. I attempt to make artwork that speaks to the world I wish to see someday. It's actually insane that we stay in a rustic that can ban plastic straws to avoid wasting the fish, and never weapons to avoid wasting the people. I grew up in West Philadelphia, within the tasks, and I misplaced numerous relations and associates to gun violence. I’ve been held at gunpoint greater than as soon as. It's the world I grew up in, they had been so simply accessible to my associates and to my enemies.

This is an actual downside in our world in the present day. But due to the state of our authorities, nobody is absolutely addressing it. Nobody is absolutely tackling it. Nobody is speaking about how youngsters are dying in colleges, and in the event that they do, they speak about it for 2 weeks after which they let it go. I felt that, with the social phenomenon that’s RuPaul's Drag Race, I might form of hold that dialog going.

You have a historical past of activism — you quitting your hosting gig at New York's The Monster after a few of their racist practices had been uncovered involves thoughts. Why is being an activist as essential to you as being a performer?

I don't suppose it was a selection. Like I stated, I'm a type of individuals who you don't inform to "not." I have a look at others like, "This is just not okay, why are y'all letting this occur?" I've at all times been a, "Nope, that's not gonna do it for me" form of woman. For that cause, I really feel prefer it's a accountability, not a selection. So with The Monster, I cherished that job. I didn't wish to go away that job. I ended up spending upwards of $20,000 on runway seems to be for the present that you just're by no means gonna get to see on the principle stage, so I wanted that job!

But, I actually really felt like with my place … we name ourselves drag queens. That makes you a ruler. How are you anticipated to rule or lead if you’re accepting issues which can be unacceptable to your group? It is actually your responsibility to handle that, and to talk up about these issues and defend your individuals. I simply felt like, relating to social points like that, if I don't say one thing, who will?

You've additionally bought new music out — your final single was "The Hive," and in the present day you're releasing your new tune "Warrior." What was the inspiration behind these songs, and what do you might have arising?

That's proper, we gotta speak about my music, that is Billboard! I'm dropping an entire visible EP quickly, which is gonna characteristic all of my seems to be for the runway that I didn't get to indicate, together with the seems to be that I’ve been displaying.

I dropped "The Hive" and a 30-second music video. Because, you understand, music movies can value like $10-20,000, and I didn’t win that $100,000 honey. Well, not but, I assume there's at all times All Stars. [Laughs.] With what I can afford, I'm making a bunch of 30-second music movies for every of my runway seems to be. But "The Hive" is about being an outsider, and feeling like I wanted to be the voice for individuals who had been outsiders, as a result of no person deserves to really feel that means. It's intro for me to say, "Welcome to all of you who might really feel this manner, as a result of I'm about to talk up about some issues."

And then with "Warrior," which is produced by Chew Fu [who was worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and Madonna], I wished to remind everybody on the planet who has a platform that that is the time to start out preventing. It's about once you don't really feel like you might have a slice of the pie, choose your self up and struggle for your self. If all of us picked one concern to sort out for 5fiveminutes a month, it might be modified. So yeah, this venture has taken a lot out of me, however I’ve actually discovered my voice.