7 Days of Positive: Day 143 – When RuPaul met David Bowie


‘I’d rather have an enema than an Emmy…’ RuPaul

I adore RuPaul. I’ve loved him from the first moment that 9 foot tall vision in perfect make up and a massive blonde wig, with a waist I could only dream of, burst into my consciousness. I loved Supermodel (you’ve got to WORK) and I love watching Drag Race with my daughter.

A friend posted a great interview with him (from vulture.com) on Facebook today. It’s really long, so I’ve cut out my favourite bit for you – which is about when he met Mr David Bowie.

(I will at a future point write more about him. I cried every day for a month after he died, which will give you an idea, how it affected me. I was too upset to write about it.)

But back to RuRu. I walked past him one spring day in down town New York. He looked so elegant in tailored pants, a turtle neck, specs and flip flops. It was way pre-Drag Race, so most people didn’t know what he looked like in daywear, but I knew it was him right off. I’ve always regretted not saying hello and telling him how much I admire him, but I think my reaction was similar to his to Mr Bowie…

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: RuPaul attends the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

David Bowie was a big influence on you. Did you ever get to meet him?
I did, yeah. I was at a dinner party and when I saw he was there, I had to excuse myself into the library of this swanky house. Actually, it’s a house that David Geffen owns now, but it wasn’t his then. I excused myself to breathe a little bit, you know? Thinking back, I guess he came in there specifically because he knew that I went in there. And he said “Hi” and shook my hand. I said, “Hi, great to see you.” And we spoke for a little bit. Then I actually escaped the party and didn’t sit down for dinner because I had to go downstairs and let out the screaming and crying that followed.

What does he mean for you?
I talk about the sweet, sensitive souls, the people who are my tribe, you know? And how hard it is to navigate your heart in this plane, in this linear, basic, mediocre, hypocritical world. To find those beacons of light in that darkness is such a gift. And he is that. He still is that. Through his music and his art, how he projected this image out there. And it was never cocky. Part of the rock creed is to wear black and cover up and smoke a cigarette and be exclusive. His wasn’t that way. His was always open. That’s why my generation of kids flocked to that. Because it was a continuation of the exploration of the ’60s and ’70s.

Is there anyone who interests you in pop culture right now?
The only person who interests me in pop culture right now is Judge Judy.”

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  • Wattleflatjane
    March 30, 2016

    Thank you for sharing the gorgeousness that is RuPaul. I still have the CD single of Supermodel. Loved his turn in Romeo and Juliet.

  • Anita
    March 30, 2016

    I love that Judge Judy is the aspect of pop culture that interests him. I also agree with his comments about her.

  • Bernadette Green
    March 30, 2016

    What a lovely story. Lucky Judge Judy.

  • Sharon Connolly
    March 30, 2016

    Hi Maggie,

    Anything on David Bowie is welcome. After reading your post on the Bowie V&A exhibition I took my husband to see it when we were in Melbourne last October. Absolutely amazing! I always felt like he belonged to my sister’s generation but now he is for everybody – even my nieces and nephews. Very sadly missed.

    • Maggie
      March 31, 2016

      I just re-read the piece about the exhibition and it took me right back. I went three times. I wish I could go again today. I took my daughter and left her go round it at the end. She already liked some of his music, but left the exhibition in awe (she was 11). Sigh…

  • Margaret Fardell
    March 30, 2016

    David Bowie what a talent that will be truly missed!

  • Lattekate
    March 30, 2016

    RuPaul has such a lovely warmth in that second photo – gorgeous! And I still can’t quite grasp that David Bowie is gone…

  • Amanda Caldwell
    March 31, 2016

    This is a lovely piece Maggie. Thanks. I too am devastated by Bowie’s passing and have spent/continue to spend many hours thinking, and wondering how I missed the signs!

    You may like to read this fab piece by James Bradley on his emotions on the same subject. A great piece of writing. http://cityoftongues.com/2016/01/19/david-bowie-loving-the-alien/


    • Maggie
      March 31, 2016

      That is an interesting piece. I love it when I read other people’s journey into – and then along with Mr Bowie. They are all different – and all the same. I hadn’t seen the video of Another Day. I can’t believe it didn’t cause a huge ruckus! It’s so brilliantly blasphemous. And then he disappears at the end… I’m still not over it. I don’t think I’ll ever really get over it x

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