Are you on Bianca Del Rio’s rolodex of hate? If you’re a past contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, a Republican politician, or a Republican transgender icon, well, you’re certainly fair game! Del Rio, who was crowned the winner of Drag Race last season for her sharp wit and critical eye, employs both with hilarious results in her new comedy show Rolodex of Hate, which came out on Vimeo this week.
The Advocate took the occasion to speak with the new Drag Queen of Mean about the show, the perils of P.C. comedy, and why we can make fun of Caitlyn Jenner.
The Advocate: Congrats on the continuing success of Rolodex of Hate. You've been touring for over a year with this show.
Bianca Del Rio: It definitely turned into something more than I expected, and one of the huge perks of it all is having it documented by Vimeo, who took a chance on a clown with a dream and didn’t censor me. So I am beyond grateful for that.
In today’s landscape of political correctness, do you think the craft of comedy is unfairly coming under fire, and is it harder for comedians like you now?
I think the problem is with the world. I don’t think it is a problem with me. Everyone’s just a big ol’ fucking pussy. If you talk about a plant, then you have some fucking plant organization coming after you. You know, like, “You’re plant-phobic!” Girl, shut up! It’s a fucking plant, for Christ’s sake! Water it, you twat! That’s the problem with it. I’m not afraid to speak my mind. It’s not trying to be hateful, it’s just being very honest. It’s my perception about what I think or what I’ve experienced.
Consider the source. Consider where it comes from, you know? I’m not standing on the steps of the White House with a megaphone telling everybody what’s wrong with the world. I’m doing a show. You don’t like it? Change the channel. Not interested in it? Don’t buy it. It’s not going to be everybody’s cup of tea.
John Waters recently commented about how the mainstream can't really make fun of LGBT figures like Caitlyn Jenner for fear of backlash. As a comedian who comments on current events and cultural figures, do you think nothing should be off limits?
The thing with Caitlyn Jenner is that she’s not part of the LGBT community. She’s a Republican white woman who lives her life. She’s only associated with this world now because of a reality show, and a group of people from our community, as they say, were very supportive of her. She, of course, has different views. So the lines have blurred. But she also has a reality show to sell. She’s about making money. So therefore, it doesn’t bother me to say what I have to say. I think that she has bigger issues, which is maybe taking the hanger out of her fucking dress when she wears it because she walks like a zombie. That’s more of a problem! So no, I don’t feel like anyone is off limits. I’m not off limits. You can talk shit about me, I don’t care.
Do you stand by the things you say?
I stand by what I say. I said it. It’s documented. It’s done. That Cabbage Patch doll-head Amy Schumer now is sitting back apologizing for jokes she’s making and I’m going, “Who does that?” You’re a comedian! She made a joke about a fucking Kardashian, let’s back it up. How do we know the Kardashians? From somebody making a fucking sex tape. But oh, we’re being discriminatory against Khloe because she used to be fat? Fuck it! She put herself out there! She ate the food. If you were a true comedian, you stand by what you say, and own up to it. It was a funny fucking joke. It’s not a political statement. She’s a bigger pussy than what she’s got between her legs, and that’s just a fact!
When the tables are turned and you're on the receiving end of mean-spirited jokes, how do you deal with that?
Well, if it’s a joke, I laugh! If it’s a joke I enjoy it! I’m not off limits. There is nothing anyone can say about me in any way that is going to take away from who I am and what I do. You can say that I’m ugly, you can say that I’m a clown, you can say that I wear too much makeup, but I’m not offended by that because I’m aware of all of that. When people get offended or take it personal, then you’re a fucking idiot. I’m going to go out there and say what I have to say. I can dish it. I can take it. That’s what it’s about. I think people lose sight of that and I think that’s what’s gotten us to this P.C. world, which is so fucking stupid.
How important is it for you to be able to make fun of yourself? What is the biggest thing you make fun of yourself about?
I think it’s important we all laugh at ourself. How many times do you wake up and look in the mirror and go, "Girl, not my best day?" That’s the beginning. That’s called life. We’re not going to be perfect at any time. We forget what it’s like to enjoy, and we get so wrapped up in what we’re supposed to politically and correctly do. If all those people who were so offended by everything and all those people that have issues took care of things that really mattered, like Donald Trump or hunger, maybe the world would be a better place. Quit worrying about what a drag queen is saying. Quit worrying about how many fucking snowflakes are on a goddamn Starbucks cup. Think about other things that are more important. But it’s just the world that we live in. It’s just a bunch of assholes.
Speaking of Donald Trump, how do you feel about him and his campaign for presidency?
He makes me look soft and feminine. He makes my wig look really natural. Let’s just break it down for a hot minute. Here is a man who is sitting back and saying the country should not allow immigrants in, when every wife he’s had has been from another country! You want to block immigration, Donald? Who are you going to fuck? Because let’s face it, the task is really fucking him. That’s the job.
He’s a fucking idiot. He’s a moron. Not because he’s a Republican, just because he’s fucking stupid. Yeah, he’s a businessman, but he’s also claimed bankruptcy many times. He’s a hypocrite. He’s not this symbol of success.
An America that believes he’s the voice of reason is retarded. Come on. Consider the source. As my friend Jackie Beat says, "He can’t come run a comb through his hair, what makes you think he can run a country?"
Is there anything you've said that you've immediately regretted?
No. I felt that any time I’ve said something, I’ve always felt it honestly and stood by it. The jokes that I deal with are from my life and my experiences, which is what I did in this show. I don’t feel that I’m speaking out against pedophilia or speaking out against the Catholic Church, I’m talking about my experiences with them and how laughable it was. So I try to keep it to my home base.