'RuPaul's Drag Race' star Pearl Liaison is no longer a fan of the show, says its "kind of a hot-ass mess"
Pearl, who revealed she has not caught up on the ongoing season 11 of 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' says the show no longer showcases the unique and dynamic personalities of the queens
The perfect, glossy world that ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ has created is enticing and entertaining, but it may not represent the whole picture. Many drag queens have hinted at the disappointment they felt while they were on the show, but none of those voices have been louder than that of Pearl Liaison, the runner up on season 7.
As fans of the show would remember, Pearl was constantly taunted for her seeming uninterest in the competition, and finally during an interview with Jonny McGovern on ‘Hey Qween!’ she revealed why her attitude wasn’t all that pleasant.
Turns out, RuPaul, who was a huge inspiration to the young drag queen, told her that nothing she said mattered unless the camera was on.
Following the interview, Pearl, who is now a published author, revealed on social media that ‘Drag Race’ producers called her and said she would never be invited back, appalling all fans.
In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Pearl revealed that while it is not in her nature to turn down large opportunities, returning to ‘Drag Race’ wasn’t on her agenda in any case.
However, knowing what she does now, Pearl believes she could have been happier being on the show now, and that is why she has the perfect advice for young queens who are auditioning for the show.
“Take the show with a grain of salt and understand that it's not going to make or break your career. There is a lot of work that needs to be done on the show and post the show if you want to be successful,” she says, adding, “Don't take anything personally at all.”
“At the end of the day they are trying to create a fun, bright, aesthetically pleasing Disney movie of a reality show,” she warns, adding, “They are going to round out your sharp corners and they're going to try to fit you into a box that doesn't have anything to actually do with you. It's just the way that they're filming and done.”
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Pearl also revealed that she has not caught up with the ongoing season 11 of the show, as she does not necessarily believe she is a fan of the show.
“I know that this is the show that gave me a platform and brought me to where I am, but it doesn't mean that I still find it entertaining and authentic at all,” she says, adding, “I don't think that it displays these drag queens' unique and dynamic personalities and showcases them for who they actually are, I think its kind of a hot-ass mess. The show is such a mess to watch. It's not like I'm avoiding it, I just haven't gotten around to watching it and I am not going out of my way at this point. I want that to sound horrible, but it’s the way that it is.”
Despite being more or less blacklisted by the show for speaking her mind, Pearl claims her relationship with fellow Ru-girls have only improved.
“A lot of the girls feel the same that I do, but nobody wants to speak up about it. What happened was I had a lot of drag queens reaching out to me to tell me that they supported me and that they heard me and they understood me and that they went through similar experiences.”
After speaking her truth about the ‘Drag Race’ experience, Pearl also spoke about her life story which involved abuse.
Her brave statements have inspired many, and shown fans a completely different, vulnerable side of her.
“I put myself in the spotlight and I knew what was coming and once I had it, I wasn't really sure what to do with it or if I was doing anything right. I feel like I did a lot of mistakes with my following by being so out of touch and unresponsive and kind of radio silent on social media. I realized that that was not the right way to go about things. I wanted to offer a new side of myself to be more open and also to explain who I am and my process to my following so that they didn't think that I didn't care about them.”
It definitely paid off, because fans have been inspired and touched by Pearl’s honesty.