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Eating For Free

May 23, 2024

In 2009, RuPaul told the Advocate a week after Obama's inauguration, days before Drag Race season one premiered on Logo: "If you're watching this, it means a Democrat is in the White House." Where are we, and where is drag, 15 years later?


Hosted by journalists Joan Summers and Matthew Lawson, Eating For Free is a weekly podcast that explores gossip and power in the pop culture landscape: Where it comes from, who wields it, and who suffers at the hands of it. Find out the stories behind the stories, as together they look beyond the headlines of troublesome YouTubers or scandal-ridden A-Listers, and delve deep into the inner workings of Hollywood's favorite pastime. The truth, they've found, is definitely stranger than any gossip.

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  • Matthew Lawson’s Instagram: @_matthewlawson

Sources [may cut off in certain apps]:

  • You Better Work!, 01/30/09 [Advocate]
  • For RuPaul, Ron Paul Confusion Is a Real Drag, 01/09/12 [ABC]
  • RuPaul's Drag Race: “Frock The Vote,” 03/12/12 [AVClub]
  • RuPaul sashays into the mainstream, 01/28/13 [Salon]
  • The Problem With Feminism in RuPaul's Drag Race, 03/14/14 [HuffPost]
  • Is the T Word the New N Word?, 04/17/14 [Advocate]
  • Why trans people aren't big fans of RuPaul right now, friend of the show Alex Abad-Santos, 04/22/14 [Vox]
  • Why has drag escaped critique from feminists and the LGBTQ community?, 04/25/14 [Feminist Current]
  • GOP candidate was once a female impersonator, 05/03/14 [Winston-Salem Journal]
  • Victory for drag queens as Facebook apologises for 'real-name' policy, 10/01/14 [Guardian]
  • Mary Cheney: Why is drag ‘socially acceptable’ and blackface isn’t?, 01/30/15 [CNN]
  • The pop culture phenomenon that is RuPaul's Drag Race, explained, 03/02/15 [Vox]
  • Hillary Clinton, Loudly and Proudly, Taps Into a Vein of Support Among Gay Voters, 07/01/15 [NY Times]
  • When Drag Is Activism, 11/05/15 [Advocate]