Bob the Drag Queen and Peppermint on Why You Should Say Black Lives Matter

"Your absence says something. Do you know what it's saying? That's the question."

Bob the Drag Queen has been hosting his hit podcast Sibling Rivalry with Monét X Change and making over America in We’re Here, HBO’s critically acclaimed new docuseries.

As if he weren’t busy enough, the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 winner has also been uploading videos to his YouTube channel. His videos often address serious topics—like when Bob interviewed a nurse on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his most recent one, in which he sat down with fellow New York City queen Peppermint to talk about the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, that sparked protests across America this past weekend.

Bob began the hourlong conversation by talking about how he and Peppermint were always friends from Drag Race and being in the NYC drag scene together. However, they grew a lot closer after performing together in the NUBIA live show back in March.

The two legends also discussed why it is important—especially right now—for everyone to say Black Lives Matter.

“We cannot give preferential treatment to obvious and self-admitted ignorance and complacency. It’s human to not be aware, and that’s okay. You can educate yourself,” Peppermint told Bob. “It’s human to be afraid of what the action is going to be and maybe deciding to not engage. How you feel, being scared about saying Black Lives Matter or being afraid to use your voice in a way that’s political because it goes against the [your] brand.”

“What it does is highlight that you can thrive, and live and make money and you never have to talk about people being killed,” she added, to which Bob responded, “That is white privilege.”

“Your absence says something,” Peppermint explained later in their talk. “Do you know what it’s saying? That’s the question.”

Watch their important conversation on YouTube below.
 

I write about drag queens. Dolly Parton once ruffled my hair and said I was "just the cutest thing ever."
@chrisreindeer