Photos by G.
Before I tell you about one of the worst celebrity encounters I’ve EVER had, let me preface this story with a few things. This site turns two years old today and with close to 3,500 posts, I’d be conservative and say that at least 95% of them are about positive experiences. I’d really prefer not to waste my energy talking trash but one thing I absolutely refuse to do is be treated like crap and stay silent about it. I was given a voice and I plan on using it – and I think you’re a fool if you don’t use the one you’ve been given! Next, I’d like to say that I am fully aware that nobody on this planet owes me a thing and I have certainly kept that in mind in over thousands of encounters with famous people in all walks of life for over 20 years. If you read the “Encounters with G” section, I think it’s fairly clear that I must be doing something right.
On May 18, 2011, RuPaul was doing an in-store appearance at Best Buy in New York’s Union Square to promote his new CD “Glamazon.” As you know from the site, I am fortunate enough to have chance encounters with many of the personalities I meet, but occasionally I’ll go to a signing. I try and steer clear of these as they are usually very forced and your “face time” with people you admire is typically not very high quality. Since there were only about a paltry 100 people at the signing, Best Buy decided to let you talk to RuPaul as long as you wanted (perhaps to give him something to do for the entire duration of his 2 hour long appearance). It made the wait excruciating, especially since the weather outside was absolutely nasty. But I like RuPaul and the weather was not going to stop me from meeting a person I’ve looked up to as an inspiration for being someone I really thought was open-minded. You can only imagine some of the trials and tribulations RuPaul must have gone through in his life on his way to becoming a famous drag queen, so you’d think he’d be a very cool person.