RuPaul Casually Admitted He’s Fracking On His Rural Ranch, And It’s Tipped Us All Over The Edge
Next week's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race is *literally* a climate-crisis design challenge. It's official, the simulation is broken.
Amid promotion for RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s twelfth season, RuPaul has off-handly mentioned he engages in some light fracking on his Wyoming ranch.
As the internet struggles to process this, we shouldn’t be surprised: after all, her most famous aphorism is “How the hell you going to love money if you can’t destroy the environment yourself, can I get an amen?”
In a new interview with NPR‘s Terry Gross, RuPaul chatted with the radio legend about her career, life philosophy, Judy Garland and everything in-between. At one point, Gross asks what it’s like living rurally as a former city queen, and audibly gaffs when she corrects Gross, who thinks RuPaul and her husband have a 60 acre property. It’s actually 60,000 acres.
“That’s like a national park,” Gross says. “What are you doing with them? I mean – that came out a little weird.”
“[Well] a modern ranch, 21st century ranch, is really land management,” RuPaul says. “It is – you lease the mineral rights to oil companies. And you sell water to oil companies. And then you lease the grazing rights to different ranchers. So it’s land management. Yeah.”
RuPaul is describing, in part, fracking — the process of drilling into the ground via high-pressure gas to uncover minerals and fossil fuels, potentially contaminating groundwater sources with carcinogenic chemicals in the process. And creating tremors and Earthquakes too (you can read more here).
All-in-all, fracking is a contentious topic — especially in the US, where as it continues to grow, leading democractic primary candidates have both (as of today, thanks Biden) adopted anti-fracking policies.
In short, the fact that RuPaul is fracking is both absolutely wild, and very in-keeping with the shrewd bills-bills-bills orientated capitalist-above-all queen we know her to be.
But Gross didn’t press her on it in the moment, prompting listener Rory Solomon to tweet out the tidbit, attaching a map which shows just how prolific fracking is on RuPaul’s ranch. It, of course, went viral.
HOLD UP. (Non-COVID content) @RuPaul was just on @NPRFreshAir and shared that he & his partner own 60,000 acres in Wyoming & they "lease mineral rights … and sell water to oil companies" and Terry Gross did not follow up with one question about the fact that RuPaul is FRACKING pic.twitter.com/KJanHgi0xI
— Rory Solomon (@rorys) March 15, 2020
Beyond disappointment, people expressed their bewilderment at the news — it’s seemingly just a little to much to deal with, given, you know, that whole COVID-19 thing. It’s absolutely proof our simulation is broken, alongside with an Elizabeth Warren campaign volunteer getting a commemorative tattoo that resembled concentration camp tattoos.
“rupaul is fracking” is exactly as impossible for my brain to parse as “elizabeth warren holocaust tattoo” and yet both are true and both will be forgotten completely by next sunday
— six rats in a trenchcoat (@kimchi_baby_) March 16, 2020
lmao "ru paul is fracking now" there is no way you can tell me 2020 wasn't designed by some proc gen sinister events generator
— moth dad (@innesmck) March 16, 2020
“RuPaul is fracking” I’m so sorry but there is no more room in the inn baby Jesus keep it moving
— JP (@jpbrammer) March 16, 2020
Once the shocks subsided, everyone essentially made the same RuPaul’s Frack Race jokes. They’re very good: humour is simply all we have! Someone call the frack destroyers.
Looks like RuPaul’s asking for a visit from the… Frack Destroyers pic.twitter.com/wWQcNGScW0
— Tim | Ⓥ (@BetterThanToday) March 16, 2020
RuPaul showing up to the fracking site to ask the workers about their childhood trauma pic.twitter.com/enxYJ26V2S
— I will not be making a coronavirus joke (@_cornpalace) March 16, 2020
RuPaul serving up 55,000 more seasons of Drag Race knowing we’ll all watch and he can go back to his fracking farm and sleep a top a bed made of crude oil and transphobia pic.twitter.com/IRBWfUNJyZ
— jack rem x (@jackremmington) March 16, 2020
Next week on RuPaul's Frack Race: https://t.co/fU9gqDt8p7
— Donnie Disco (@_general_waste) March 16, 2020
you're telling me….. rupaul was on the bojack episode about fracking….. and here he is…… fracking…….. and…. rupaul is fracking. rupaul is fracking?? rupaul is fracking
— chanel angel (@anankeisdead) March 16, 2020
RuPaul’s Drag Race is really trying to get cancelled this season, huh? Read our recaps as we wade through the murky waters.
Next week, the show’s challenge, no joke, is a climate crisis-themed design ball. Frack it up!
Rupaul fracking while throwing a climate change themed ball episode of drag race is the neoliberal hellscape ive become accustomed to
— Lil Grace (@lil_raynex) March 16, 2020
— rupaul's shale gas (@missunitedface) March 16, 2020