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Last night saw the premiere of The Trixie & Katya Show on Viceland, the final product of many months of work by our favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race alumnae. In honor of the show’s premiere, all this week we’ve featured pieces of our recent sit-down with Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova, and today’s covers quite the pressing topic: Is it irresponsible to fuck gay republicans?
The convo below follows a few other pressing topics we brought up with our two favorite queens, including their new half-hour show (duh), Drag Race All Stars 3 (you don’t wanna miss what Katya thinks of Trixie’s odds on the upcoming season) and Taylor Swift’s new album (in which Katya goes off on the pop princess).
Now, on with the show.
Here’s what Trixie and Katya have to say about gay Republicans:
HORNET: I wanna get both of you on the record about gay Republicans. Can we fuck them, or is that kind of irresponsible? Are they to be boycotted at all costs?
KATYA: I’ll go first. So, gay Republicans. The thing about them is that they are a product of two factors: progress and isolation, I think. I’m just thinking about this for the first time. But we live in a society now where gays don’t have to be outsiders; they can embed themselves in the dominant ideology, right?
So, it’s just … no, they gotta go. They gotta change. I’m sorry, you have to change. The Republican party is a party for white men and capitalism. That’s all it is. That’s literally all it is. The Republican party is for white men who are capitalists.
TRIXIE: It’s gross to lean into your … if you’re a white man, you already have a certain amount of privilege, and when you’re gay, if anything you should be more compassionate. For you to lean into your privilege and be like, “You know what, I’m gonna play this as fiercely as I can, for my own personal benefit,” it’s just gross.
KATYA: And guess what? You know what? Gay white men have all this time to do good or evil. And if you’re working for the Republican party and its ideology, point blank, you are evil. You are evil and you must be destroyed.
TRIXIE: That doesn’t mean killed. You must be transformed. Or else you are on the wrong side of history, mama. Who was that trans activist who said that, base level, even if all you’re doing is benefiting from your privilege, ignoring it and not doing anything to offset it, you are part of the problem.
KATYA: You’re complicit. You’re complicit.
TRIXIE: Katya and I don’t have Republicans running at us for sex. That doesn’t happen, just so you know.
KATYA: Oh, I’ve touched plenty of Republicans. I really have.
TRIXIE: Well, there you go.
KATYA: Plenty of them.