Essence’ journalist opens up about taking RuPaul to task for lack of diversity backstage at Emmy Awards


RuPaul was floating on cloud nine as he celebrated his fourth Emmy Award win — for outstanding host for a reality or competition program — backstage during Sunday night’s ceremony at the Microsoft Theater.

That was until he was asked about the lack of diversity representing his show while yukking it up with journalists in the press room.

The gender-bending music and television star, who has been a champion of LGBTQ imagery in the mainstream media since first hitting the top of the Billboard charts in 1993, appeared on stage flanked by the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” production and writing crew — which is made up of mostly white men.

The lack of diversity didn’t go unnoticed by one member of the press corps. (read more)

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