RuPaul’s Drag Race won its first Outstanding Reality Show Emmy

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Yes, the Emmy ceremony sucked, but it did right a major wrong on Monday night, finally awarding RuPaul’s Drag Race the prize for Outstanding Reality Show. All I have to say is it’s about damn time. RuPaul won his third award for Outstanding Reality Show host at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday night, and Monday’s win marks the first time a show was recognized as the best show with the best host, so kudos to you, Mama Ru.

After Rick and Morty announced the winner (WTH was up with that anyway?) Ru took the stage. He was clad in a custom Calvin Klein white suit with an Andy Warhol Statue of Liberty design and some ORANGE shoes. Joining him were his number two, Michelle Visage, judges Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews and a slew of folks from World of Wonder (I see you, John Polly).

In his brief acceptance speech, Ru exclaimed that the win was “lovely” and said that “we are so happy to present this show.” And, on behalf of himself and the “140 drag queens we’ve released into the wild” he thanked the folks at WOW and all the “dreamers out there.” He closed out his comments in true RuPaul fashion, the same way he’s ended his show, “Listen, if you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen? Now let the music play!”

A whole bunch of those 140 queens took to social media to share their excitement and well wishes:

Some of the show’s famous fans also chimed in:

Of course, no one was as excited about the victory as me…and Drag Race super fan Leslie Jones, whom Ru was more than happy to credit backstage:

Leslie was almost as excited as she was when she and Ru announced Regina King winning the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Netflix’s Seven Seconds.

I’m so glad that Drag Race is no longer the Susan Lucci of reality shows. Since the award’s creation in 2003, it has only been won by three other shows. The Amazing Race took home the award 10 times, Top Chef won once and The Voice won four times, including last year. Congrats to Ru, World of Wonder and each and every one of those 140 queens. You definitely deserved it. Shante, you stay.

70th Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room

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  1. CharliePenn says:

    I can’t say enough how important this show is. I am a cisgender straight woman and this show has revolutionized my confidence, my self love, my excitement about my inner selves, my self acceptance, and my understanding of what others go through and triumph over. It has done all this for me and I’m just a regular lady! Imagine what it does for young people who are gay or trans or queens inside or just anything that needs a supportive outlet for the true self!!

    Plus it’s just fabulous entertainment. So fun, so funny, so artistic. I am thankful for this show and the art medium of drag.

    • Aang says:

      He has done important work but he has his problems. He is not loved by everyone in the trans community. He is quite binary in his views of who can do drag and what a “real” man or woman is. I wouldn’t say he’s anti trans but he can be as clueless and cruel as any other cis person. Gay or lesbian does not automatically equal trans friendly. My trans son and his friends quit Ru Paul a while ago.

      • Morning Coffee says:

        I think that like most people, Ru is learning. He’s an old dog learning new tricks. The trans community has long been somewhat ostracized within the LGBTQ+ community. In drag world, I think it gets even more confusing. I have a 16 year old son who does drag. Even he has a hard time explaining to me how drag – which is based on the illusion of a man being a woman – can be done by one who is already a woman. The good news is that there are many different types of drag these days and thanks to the groundbreaking nature of this show, drag has really become a mainstream entertainment option. Ru opened the door. Everyone else has to run through it.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Here here!

  2. Morning Coffee says:

    Michelle Visage looks simply stunning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look better.