In July, the RuPaul's Drag Race host received his first-ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, and on Sunday, he won that award, beating American Idol's Ryan Seacrest, Dancing With the Stars' Tom Bergeron, Hollywood Game Night's Jane Lynch, Little Big Shots' Steve Harvey and Project Runway's Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. No one semmed more surprised than Ru himself. "I'm in a state of shock right now. I really did not expect this," he exclusively told E! News' Erin Lim during the Winners Walk backstage. "Honestly, I feel like I'm in a dream and it's not really happening."
The award is deserved—congrats, Ru!—and I'm glad the show is still going strong. Logo's signature program mainstreamed lip synching (no Drag Race, no Lip Sync Battle), it remains hugely entertaining, and this glittery, campy, catfight-y show somehow does a better job depicting/representing/portraying gay men than any other show on television. RuPaul's Drag Race is the only place on TV where viewers meet out gay men who aren't a homogenous bunch of mostly white guys with gym memberships, supportive families, and good hair/teeth/apartments/jobs/abs. On Drag Race viewers meet gay men who are poor, gay men who are non-native English speakers, gay men who've been to prison, gay men who are HIV+, gay men who have struggled with drug addictions, gay men who are immigrants, gay men who aren't out to their parents, and gay men who often feel doubly marginalized—shunned their families of origin and by many in the LGBT "family" who view them as embarrassing or problematic.
Whenever someone complains to me about portrayals of gay men on television—too white, too wealthy, too ripped—I tell them to watch Drag Race.