Behind every drag queen legend, there is a mom who schooled her son on how to a fabulous diva. In this video clip from RuPaul’s 1989 “Ghetto Homecoming” TV Special” we see his mom Ernestine Charles obsessed with popping bubble wrap.
If young RuPaul were a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race in the future, would he have made it all the way to the top? Probably.
Notice that RuPaul has been asking “Everyone say love” for over 23 years. Thankfully, some things never change. November 17 marks the 20th anniversary of his hit debut single “Supermodel (You Better Work)” a song that changed the world, bringing drag queens into the mainstream. So far they haven’t announced any plans to celebrate the anniversary. I hope they are just being coy and have something special planned.
RuPaul used a portable camcorder to make an intimate documentary of his family life in San Diego, California, that included this intimate moment with his mother Ernestine Charles. RuPaul’s “Ghetto Homecoming” was first broadcast as a special for The American Music Show in Atlanta.