Must Watch: 'Drag Is What America Is All About' - Pelosi Bails On January 6 Hearing To Pander To Drag Queens

By Eliana Regev | Sunday, 12 June 2022 12:00
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appeared exclusively on Pride Month RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars in which she said drag is "what America is all about."

Toward the end of episode five of the seventh season, which aired May 30 and is available on Paramount Plus, RuPaul Charles told the drag queens, “There’s someone I want you to meet. Please give a warm drag race welcome to the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.”

For those unfamiliar with the show, the program is a reality competition series that features drag queens put through a series of challenges that culminates each week with the top two contestants lip-syncing for the power to send one of their peers home.

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Pelosi then walked out, donning a bright-yellow pantsuit.

"It's my honor to be here," she said. "Thank you for the joy and beauty you bring to the world."

“Your freedom of expression, of yourselves in drag, is what America is all about. I say that all the time to my friends in drag,” the speaker continued.

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Encouraged to share words of wisdom, Pelosi explained that the most important thing they can do is vote. “The midterm election is coming up. It’s very important for people to make their voices and their vote heard.” “Can I get an amen?" she asked the drag queens.

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Pelosi is a "fierce servant of our nation (and) 'Drag Race's' mission is to teach the children and honor those who fight on our behalf," Barbato said in an email to CNN. Pelosi did not respond to CNN's request for comment. However, she tweeted about the appearance twice.

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"All I can say is, you betta werk!" she wrote in January, quoting a famous RuPaul catchphrase. "Had a fabulous time with @RuPaul and good luck to all the queens. #Drag Race Nancy."

This week, to promote the show, she tweeted a clip. "Had a fabulous time on set with the Queens! Tune-in Thursday at 8/7c on @VH1 to catch me on the new #Drag Race episode! #AllStars3 @RuPaul @RuPaulsDragRace." Other celebrity guests this season included actors Vanessa Hudgens, Tituss Burgess and Kristin Chenoweth.

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Pelosi received a round of applause when she walked into the workroom. RuPaul presented her as a "strong woman who knows how to get things done" and as "a champion for LGBT rights" for three decades.

"I'm honored to be here. You're an inspiration, I hope you know," she said. "Because you really know your power. It's about taking pride, and that's what you do: Take pride in yourselves. You know your power."

Pelosi, who was wearing a white pantsuit, also emphasized the importance of voting.

Pelosi previously appeared on the reality competition series in 2018.

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