Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-12-07
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Michelle Visage of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' talks all-stars
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2012-09-05

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Sitting on the judge's panel on RuPaul's Drag Race is the one-and-only Michelle Visage, who replaced Merle Ginsberg on season two. She is now scheduled to school drag queens on season five of the show as well as on RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race.

Originally from the girl group Seduction, Visage broke into the club scene with a few hits and then continued hosting radio shows. She met RuPaul years ago and has stayed friends ever since, changing the course of her life.

Nunn chatted with her right before her club gig at Spin in Chicago.

Windy City Times: We talked not too long ago but it was in the middle of last season. What did you think of the winner of season four?

Michelle Visage: I think if Sharon Needles didn't win, there would have been an uproar because so many people identified with Sharon. People identified with being an outcast and freaky. I understand that and I identify with it, too. I would have been equally as happy if Chad had won. I think Phi Phi needed to be in the top three but I don't think she needed to win, and I think the choices were clear. I do love Phi Phi, but not for the crown.

WCT: During the competition, when the other judges pick past eliminated contestants to return, people on the street say RuPaul gets rid of them right away to prove she was right in the first place. Is there any truth to that?

Michelle Visage: That has nothing to do with proving anything but has to do with my shit choices. I believe in my heart that the people we bring back have something to prove, but maybe that is why they are sent home—because it is getting too tough. [However,] I think any of the people I brought back are shit choices because I still believe in Kenya and Carmen.

It is not RuPaul going, "No, bitch, I am still in charge!" Our friendship is [more than] 20 years old. He doesn't need to do that. It's his show. Everybody knows he's in charge. It's RuPaul's Drag Race so in the end, of course, he has the final word. He will ask me my opinion off camera. I tell him my honest thoughts. In the end, he is drag queen. I'm just a wannabe girl drag queen. There is no shade involved.

WCT: RuPaul must have grown up a lot.

Michelle Visage: I met RuPaul in 1986. People don't know my personal life but they know the character I play on TV. I fight for gay rights and equality every day of my life. I love hair and makeup—that part is true. I live a very holistic life. I don't drink and have never done drugs in my life. I am a pretty evolved person but Ru is the most evolved person I have ever met. People wouldn't believe the person he used to be so, yes, he has grown quite a bit.

WCT: So no drinking at Spin?

Michelle Visage: I love our sponsors, like Absolut, but I don't drink. I never liked alcohol. It might be the Virgo thing in me.

WCT: What are you doing at the appearance?

Michelle Visage: There is a drag contest that I am judging. I am really just excited to be in Chicago. It is a city that has supported me since Seduction. I married a Chicago boy. My in-laws are coming to the show. [The radio station] B-96 was always being supportive of our type of music back in the day, so we used to always be in Chicago.

WCT: Were the All-Star Drag Queens picked online?

Michelle Visage: No; just Mimi Imfurst was voted in through Facebook. This is the first time we are doing it but I think it will be a hit and a regular thing.

WCT: You judge on it?

Michelle Visage: A lot people ask me that. You don't understand. My ass is glued to that chair. I am not going anywhere. It took me two seasons to get there. All Stars is going to literally blow your mind.

WCT: Season five of the show is already filmed, too?

Michelle Visage: Yes, all done. It never gets boring whether it is a pageant queen or a camp queen.

WCT: I know of at least one contestant who is from Chicago and a friend of mine.

Michelle Visage: Our Chicago queens have had lots of talent, from DiDa Ritz to Jade. I just hung out with Jade at Micky's for the first time and said, "Bring me to Chicago, bitch! We have to hang again!"

Come see the vivacious Visage judge live and in person at Spin Nightclub, 800 W. Belmont Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 8. The contest begins at 11 p.m. Visit www.spin-nightclub.com for tickets and details.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

GLAAD launches Trump Accountability Project 2016-12-01 - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today launched theTrump Accountability Project ( TAP ). TAP is a resource for ...


Gay News

'The Trans List' to air Dec. 5 2016-11-30 - HBO Documentary Films will debut The Trans List Monday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. CT, on HBO. Directed by portrait photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ( ...


Gay News

Entertainment news: Andy Cohen, Ruby Rose, RuPaul, GALECA's top actresses, Madonna 2016-11-29 - Bravo's Andy Cohen thinks Donald Trump is actually a Democrat, Page Six noted. During a panel with Sarah Jessica Parker at 92Y, Cohen ...


Gay News

Report: LGBTQs lacking in Spanish-language scripted TV 2016-11-23 - GLAAD recently released its first-ever Spanish-Language media report, "Nearly Invisible." The report offers an analysis of LGBTQ characters in prime-time Spanish-language scripted ...


Gay News

LGBT doc on Mariela Castro debuting Nov. 28 2016-11-23 - A documentary about LGBT-rights activist Mariela Castro—the daughter of President Raul Castro and a member of Cuba's National Assembly—will debut Monday, Nov. 28, ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE: TV/PODCASTS Kirsten Vangsness talks 'Criminal Minds,' being queer 2016-11-16 - Actress Kirsten Vangsness currently portrays Penelope Garcia in the CBS series Criminal Minds. She has also play the role in Criminal Minds: Suspect ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE: TV Real Housewife Cynthia Bailey walks the runway alone 2016-11-15 - Reality Star Cynthia Bailey worked the runway for Wilhelmina Models that led her from New York to Atlanta. She joined the third season ...


Gay News

Comcast and COH host reception for Pride collection and ERGs 2016-11-06 - Neither the pouring rain nor game seven of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians were enough to deter ...


Gay News

GLAAD Where We Are on TV report: LGBTQ representation hits record high 2016-11-03 - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are ...


Gay News

GLAAD releases 10th edition of media guide for reporting on LGBTQ people, issues 2016-10-26 - NEW YORK, NY - GLAAD, the world's leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released the tenth edition of its Media Reference Guide, the ...


 



Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.

www.windycitymediagroup.com
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by LoveYourWebsite.com