For vaudeville-turned-silent-film star Julian Eltinge, perfecting his female impersonator appearance before stepping foot on stage was an arduous process. In a article published in Theater Magazine, Eltinge described making himself over and how his hands -- as opposed to his face, as one might assume -- provoked the most anxiety as he strived for feminine authenticity. As a result, he would spend an hour and a half before curtain call painstakingly painting and powdering his hands and consider their positioning constantly throughout his performance, as he wrote in Theater Magazine: "The size of the hands can apparently be decreased by the way in which they are held, and any woman with a little practice can perfect herself in this graceful treatment" [source: Eltinge ].
It's a quote that many of RuPaul's devout fans live by, and it feels inherently inclusive. The implication is that drag is paint for a blank canvas; anyone can do it, so long as they have the drive—or, in RuPaul's words, the "charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. But something RuPaul recently said seemed to contradict this mantra.
For more than 20 years, RuPaul has been the face of drag in America. But in light of what have been called transphobic comments by the television star, some in the LGBT community, including drag queens and former Drag Race contestants, are questioning the influence RuPaul wields over drag culture and wondering whether drag is evolving beyond the queen who helped pioneer it. The controversy began this past weekend when RuPaul was asked by the Guardian if he would allow a transgender contestant to compete on the show if they had physically transitioned.
Responses were mixed: Some laid blame with individual performers, but many seemed to think the well itself was poisoned. According to Ben Power, executive director of the Sexual Minorities Archive in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the last time in recent memory that drag itself was under such heavy fire was when it became a target of lesbian separatists in the s. How did this happen? At what point did drag become the source of so much controversy under the queer umbrella?
Breasts are perhaps the most noticeable physical difference between the sexes, so any aspiring drag queen should know how to give the appearance of breasts. While this may seem nearly impossible as males typically have little breast tissue, it can be achieved on almost any body type. With the help of readily available breast enhancement supplies and makeup, even the thinnest drag queen can give the appearance of cleavage.
His new film, Starrbooty, in which he plays a drag queen secret agent, gets its British premiere tonight at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. People look for anything they can be offended by. Political correctness has gone too far.