Since winning the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio has emerged as America's last great insult comedian. No one is spared her acid tongue: friends, enemies, fans, even herself.
For four shows this weekend, the reigning drag royalty will bring her "Rolodex of Hate" to South Florida for four shows across two cities. We got a chance to catch up with Bianca yesterday while she was preparing for a show in Vermont.
New Times: The last time you were in Fort Lauderdale, you were at the Manor the weekend after you got crowned. How does the "Rolodex of Hate" show differ from the nightclub act fans might have seen there?
Bianca Del Rio: Since Drag Race, I've been traveling, doing 20 to 30 minutes audience participation appearances, which is what I did at the Manor that particular night. Which is not what I do for my show. My show is a full hour-and-15-minute show, and it's more standup as opposed to being at the scene of the crime with a bunch of people who are drinking. This is more of a sit-down-and-watch-the-show situation, but it's the same type of humor nonetheless. Don't think I've turned into Pollyanna!
Usually a lot of queens from Drag Race will travel and do a number, but for me I'm already doing 15 to 20 minutes more than most of them are doing. So this is an opportunity to do a full show. This show kind of explains who I am and where I came from and why I turned out to be the way that I am.
You're kind of America's last great insult comic, and on the show, you were very blunt and "take it or leave it." Because I'm going through Drag Race withdrawal, I've been watching a bit of [Drag Race judge] Michelle Visage on British Celebrity Big Brother where she's trapped in a house with Perez Hilton, who tries to play that game, but it's coming off like Laganja Estranja times ten. Where do you draw the line so that you come off entertaining and not annoying or offensive?
I think you have to know that you're the biggest joke there is, and a lot of people don't do that. I'm aware of my faults, and I'm not afraid if someone calls them out. Really, few people sit back and know that about themselves. Doing drag, I figured that out, and I'm not afraid of it. A lot of people can be very "sensitive Sally," but for me, it's like, don't start it if you don't want to finish it.
I think we live in a world now where everything is so PC, and if it's not your cup of tea, then it's not your cup of tea. I'm not fond of the Kardashians, but I don't watch their shows, I don't buy a magazine if they're on it, and I don't go to their Facebook page and say, "You suck." I don't care, so I don't contribute to it. I think because of social media, people feel the need to lash out at all these different things. And that's great, that's your opinion, but it doesn't affect me. Just because it's your opinion doesn't make you right.
I think what helped with this whole RuPaul's Drag Race experience is I didn't know what would be used in the final edit of the show, but I knew if I said it, I had to stand by it. A lot of other queens come back and say, "Oh, it's the editing." Well, of course it's the editing. It's a 15-hour day that we film, and it's going to be cut down to 45 minutes with commercials. So you have to be aware and edit yourself, and a lot of people don't do that.
If I cross the line, then maybe I shouldn't have said it. But I'm not going to apologize. C'mon, you're listening to a drag queen in a venue at 10 o'clock at night; consider the source. It's not the White House. It's more or less my opinion and my view. Take it or leave it.