Warning! This post contains important spoilers regarding the grand finale of RuPaul's Drag Race season 10. Read at your own risk!
From the charmingly wrong side of the facts about the history of British linguistics to the deepest corners of North Korea, Asia O & # 39; Hara dragged her enormous charisma, uniqueness, nerves and talent (with fabulous enthusiasm) far and wide over each episode of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10. In the final episode of the season as one of four finalists competing for the crown The 35-year-old knew she needed to create a legacy-making lip-sync that dutifully covered her time on the program ̵
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your dress and appearance for this performance was correct, but the performance was not quite what you had planned. How did you come up with this idea and what went wrong in the end?
ASIA O & HARA: All four thought this was the most important achievement of our career. By that time, we had seen each other's strengths and weaknesses, so we wanted to get as far as possible prepared for what we were lip-synching, and feel confident that we could present something better than them. My thought process was: I am much older than the other competitors. I'm the only one who is not really a dancer or kicks or flips, and so on, so I thought, "What can I do in the part of the song I would normally do a breakup with?" I wanted an unforgettable moment create a moment when people would think, "Oh my God, that's one of the greatest things I've ever seen." The competitor in me is always thinking about how to eliminate doubt. Everyone remembers that I'm the best person on stage right now.
The release of the butterfly would work perfectly in my head. I did not share my ideas with anyone – not even my boyfriend – because I've learned that it's hard to explain to people what I see in my head, and I wanted it to be surprising for everyone and me Real reaction wanted. It simply did not work. Many people create works of art or films that they think are blockbusters, but they flop. Well, that was my blockbuster, to whom I devoted a lot of energy, just did not go out the way I thought about it in my head.
How did you come to use living butterflies, and where did you do that?
It's very common! Many people do it at weddings, funerals, birthday parties and bridal showers all the time. So this part was not difficult. I got the butterflies from a place in Florida that specializes in butterfly publications for specific events. Ironically, it was easier to figure out how to get those butterflies out of my costume.
Do you know exactly what went wrong? Why did not they fly?
I have used so-called butterfly butterflies, and when going west across the continental divide, they must be kept cool – hibernating or asleep, in principle – so that they do not stress. They need to warm up to a certain temperature to fly away. Of course, I tried it several times at home and it worked, but [the finale was] a different place and environment, and I do not think the apparatus was warm enough to wake the butterflies. But when they warmed up in the lights of the stage during the break, they started to fly away!
What went through your head when you opened the first cone and the butterfly could not fly out? I could read it on your face that the realization that it would not work would have hampered the rest of your performance.
I knew when Kameron chose me that this was my moment to surpass her. It was, as people call it, the Season's Lipsync assassin. We all talked about nobody getting upset about who selected who. When she chose me, I thought to herself: Okay, that has to work because I'm not capable of surpassing them with just one performance. So I opened the first and the butterflies looked at me, is it over? I thought there would be a warning! At that moment, I knew, okay, that's it. I'm not going to ride the way I planned, and it was probably my last hurray. But I kept opening the other three, thinking that those on my chest might be warmer. It just was not the case, but you know, I would not just stand there and cross my arms and say I was done. I did my best. And to be honest, after opening the first, the rest is a kind of blur.
Is there any misunderstanding that people might have about this moment that you want to clarify?
The only thing I think I think people may not understand that a lot of research and time and energy went into it, and I really did my best to present it as professionally as possible. I have traveled to another state several times. It was not just that I went outside and found some butterflies and put them in my costume. I was very wary and took a lot of time to research it … it was not a careless act.
I have the utmost respect for everything that takes a breath and would never hurt a butterfly or anything else animal. I have rehearsed with a professional company specializing in the publication of safe butterflies, and the moment should be an amazing demonstration of optimism and a surprise to all concerned, including the audience, production and the network. However, as you know, that moment did not go as planned, and I would like to publicly offer my deepest apology to the whole world.
Did this moment serve as a teaching moment for you?
Several Times I had a platform in the LGBT community that I made financially available to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Dallas. Whenever I get upset and need something to focus on, that's what I do. Some of my Dallas friends will spend more than 100 hours together with the ASPCA team in Dallas over the next year. Regardless of how people think about it, it is important for me to know that I have presented something that is not viewed in a positive light because people are rightly sensitized to animal or insect rights. So I'm working with them and I and a group of people will be giving them 100 hours of community service next year, which actually works perfectly, because this chapter is among the top 5 in the country (19659003) Repent any part this performance?
In hindsight, I regret that I've tried to go so far beyond anything I've ever done, no win scenario for me. I regret this part of it. I do not regret the result. I think the right person will win, and I regret that I was eliminated, but I do not regret being eliminated against Kameron or seeing the other three at the top.
What was that? immediate moment after the elimination as for you?
To be honest, it was embarrassing … Right now I deserve my elimination. I was more ashamed of what had been such a flop, live there in front of so many people. That was not a reaction to the elimination, it did not affect me. When the lip-synching was over, I was completely embarrassed for what I had just introduced. The elimination was more like a relief, as if I could finally get off the stage … it was more of an "Asia, you should have known better than to rely on something that was so spirited." The pressure to be good at that moment overshadowed normal judgment … the second I saw that the first one did not flee, it was so, I should have known that you have such a great chance of something so temperamental like a butterfly does not play.
That's why people I love you so much: you're thinking outside the box and you took a chance. What would you have done if you had made it to the last lip sync?
I would have won! Laughs ] One of the top four girls who were with me in the locker room after all was said and done, we hugged each other and I congratulated the three who made it to the final round. She told me, "Girl, while you were up there, I played your gig for the last lip-sync and I'm glad you were eliminated because I do not think I could beat that." I did not try to think about it and not live in my life, I might have had it, but I think I probably spent 50 times as much time, energy and money working on the lip synching that I did could not have done  What was that?
I would rather not say it because I hope nobody will do it in the next few weeks. I wanted to try some Pride events this summer. It's still up to date, so I hope nobody else does it. I have to find a way to present it. I definitely do not want it to look like, "Oh, that would do her for the last lip sync." If the opportunity presents itself, I would like to present it.
Can you? take it up with a word or phrase?
The future of the resistance!
Okay, I'll take it. Another question: We talked about the effects of The Vixen on Season 10 this week and what kindled the show in terms of conversations about queens of color. After the reunion, The Vixen said something about the winners of the show for a white crowd. How do you feel to be the only queen of color in the top four, and not make it to the last three? Does Vixen's feeling have a special validity when you think about it in this context?
No, I do not think it's valid in the results. The results are the results. I do not think that changes due to the color of the skin. What changes is how well you are received after the competition or how competitive you are after it. The contest was pretty fair from start to finish, it's what happens afterwards – the career after that – [minority] queens on the market go in different directions.