Russian president and anti-gay rights campaigner Vladimir Putin has been tipped to appear as a judge on season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the wake of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
He joins the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Headey and Khloe Kardashian as a guest on the show, judging participants on their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.
Vada caught up with him in Sochi for an exclusive chat backstage at the men’s ice skating.
“People wouldn’t expect it but I think Drag Race is one of the best shows on TV right now, and I’m so honoured to be taking part,” he said, daintily sipping a Campari and crème “it should be an event at the olympics! Maybe I’ll ask Ru and see what he thinks.”
But we couldn’t ignore the fact that Putin has been criticised for his unpopular opinions in the past. “I’m well aware that this is one of my most controversial standpoints, but Phi-Phi O’ Hara is definitely my favourite contestant of all time.” When asked why, he snapped his fingers, saying “Throw all the shade you want about Phi-Phi, but she was a fierce queen and she could turn it OUT.”
Sochi has also been mired in controversy over the past few weeks, with terrorist threats, violent persecution of gay people, merciless culling of stray dogs, objectification of women, squalid living conditions for athletes, inappropriate conduct, restrictions of freedom, unfilled seats and numerous technology malfunctions.
“I don’t know what all the fuss is about,” Putin sighed, flinging an arm around the sequined shoulder of Evgeni Plushenko, Russian men’s figure skater and 2010 gold medallist “people take things far too seriously. In the words of one of my idols Elizabeth Taylor, ‘pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.’ Right, I’m off. Evgeni, where are those poppers we bought earlier?”
Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres on February 24th on Logo TV.