Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the episode of Rupaul’s “Drag Race” featuring AOC airs.
In one scene, the progressive lawmaker tells a group of drag queens how watching
“drag race” was so important to her in helping her “disconnect.”
Yahoo reports it was time for the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 to strike a pose and express themselves Friday, when they starred in an homage to the Queen of Pop herself called Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical. And also representing was “queen from Queens” and “ray of light in the U.S. Congress,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who served as a fierce guest judge — giving good face and good advice.
AOC is well-known for her Drag Race fandom. Last year, she gave several shoutouts on social media to Season 11’s Miss Congeniality/social activist Nina West, quoted All Stars 4 winner Monique Hart on Twitter, and expressed a desire to be a Drag Race judge. Friday, while having a kiki with the current contestants on the aftershow Untucked, she said it was a “dream come true” to finally appear on the program, telling them: “Last year, I was bartending in a restaurant — that was my life, last February. Every night I would come home, and the only thing that would help me disconnect and unplug was watching Drag Race.”
The queens were equally excited to spent time with Ocasio-Cortez — especially Jackie Cox, who on the runway tearfully gushed, “I do have to say, it is crazy to meet you. Seeing you working in Congress in solidarity with Congresswoman Tlaib and Congresswoman Omar gives me so much hope for our country. My mom immigrated from Iran, and people would tell her to go home and go back to where she came from. And when I was young, I hid this part of my heritage for so long. She is an American citizen now, and seeing you standing up for people like my mom gives me so much hope.”
“I’m so thankful that your mother is here and part of our country,” replied a visibly moved Ocasio-Cortez.
Thank you for your courage, vulnerability, and bravery in sharing your family’s immigration story, @JackieCoxNYC ♥️
I’m honored you chose to share it with me. You’re doing NYC proud! https://t.co/NQGDEwm7yA
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 11, 2020