RuPaul's big weekend
by Rob Howard
It was a busy weekend for drag superstar RuPaul Charles. In the midst of her RuPaul’s DragCon in New York City, RuPaul won the Emmy for Outstanding Host of a Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program for the second year for RuPaul’s Drag Race at the Creative Arts Emmys.
The show was nominated for seven Emmy’s and took home additional awards for Outstanding Costumes and Picture Editing. Drag Race is also nominated for Best Reality Competition Series at the Primetime Emmys, airing next Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS.
“The Emmy wins cap off a big year for RuPaul’s Drag Race: The reality series moved to VH1 and broke ratings records,” wrote NewNowNext.com. “This weekend was also the first RuPaul’s DragCon in New York City. The Creative Arts Emmys air next Saturday, Sept., on FXX.”
RuPaul reacted to her win in the Outstanding Host category: "I am beyond grateful to the Television Academy for giving love to our show again this year. Providing an international platform for 113 outrageous, courageous and talented queens has been the greatest reward of all. None of this would be possible it weren’t for the incredible cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and my partners at World of Wonder and VH1."
The DragCon itself was a stunning production, “with a runway, artists alley, makeover area, Tea Room, Kiki Room and pathways between booths with titles like ‘Backrolls Boulevard’, ‘Death Drop Alley’ and ‘Realness Road’. This is paradise,” wrote website TimeOut.com in the buzz leading up to the weekend.
“RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions welcomed a sold out crowd of more than 35,000 attendees to the first ever RuPaul's DragCon NYC on Sept. 9-10 at Manhattan's Jacob K. Javits Center,” wrote BroadwayWorld.com .
“Created by RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions, RuPaul's DragCon is the world's largest all-ages and family friendly celebration of drag culture,” continued the website.
“This weekend, fans had the chance to meet their favorite drag queens from the TV phenomenon RuPaul's Drag Race, hear from their favorite celebrities, fashion designers and performers, and access exclusive shopping and merchandise opportunities.
“RuPaul kicked off the event with a rousing speech before he was joined by 10-year-old drag star and featured guest, Desmond is Amazing, for the ribbon cutting.
“’My queens: we are all ambassadors to these young, gorgeous kids who are going to walk through this building today and tomorrow,’ RuPaul said. ‘With what's happening politically and socially, they are the promise of America's future. And that's why DragCon is so important.’"
There were over one hundred booths on the floor of DragCon which brought products and information to attendees, including one from Planned Parenthood New York City.
See more about RuPaul’sDragConNYC at Broadway World.
Copyright The Gayly – September 11, 2017 @ 1:20 p.m. CDT.