- 20 Feb 18
Best-known as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Michelle Visage is about to win a fanbase here on Ireland’s Got Talent. She talks about the Time’s Up movement, resisting Donald Trump and why sometimes it’s nicer to be nasty words
Like many of us, Michelle Visage sat through the recent Grammys with a knot of growing fury in her belly. Though lip service was paid to the Time’s Up movement on the night, the music industry shindig nonetheless proved to be one big fat celebration of the status quo. Sting sang with Shaggy. Bruno Mars won album of the year. Lorde who had in fact released the best record of 2017, was not invited to perform on her own.
“I wasn’t surprised at all, it’s so predictable for this country,” fumes Visage, radio host, reality TV judge and, as of this month, adjudicator on new TV3 song and dance blockbuster, Ireland’s Got Talent. “This is why people are getting mad and not tolerating it any more. That time is years gone by. We should not be tolerating it now. Unfortunately it made absolute sense that it would be like that.”
Visage, who has achieved an international fanbase by dint of her judge’s role on RuPaul’s Drag Race, is an avowed opponent of Donald Trump and all for which he stands. So it was a treat to get out of the United States for several weeks late last year and film Ireland’s Got Talent. With an ocean between them, the pain of knowing Trump was in the White House chomping down happy meals was somewhat diminished.