As drag bans and other anti-LGBTQ+ laws continue to be passed in state houses across the country, queer people and queens are making their displeasure known. Alongside recent drag marches in Los Angeles and San Francisco, one social media account is hitting back directly at anti-LGBTQ+ Republicans in the most glamorously hilarious way possible.
Launched on March 31, the “RuPublicans” Instagram account has been posting AI-generated images of everyone from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the allegedly rampantly corrupt Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas dolled up in drag.
“Drag artists have brought me joy, laughter, helped heal old wounds, and given me permission to love myself—and I’m not the only one,” the account holder wrote in a recent Instagram story thanking fans for following them.
“Drag isn’t just lip-syncing for our lives; it’s art, it’s heart, and oh honey, it’s protest,” they continued. “To those in power serving up false narratives like an overcooked wig at a drag brunch, listen up: we’re here, we’re queer, and we ain’t going anywhere…”
“So sit down down, quit your nonsense, grab some popcorn, and get ready to be dazzled. Better yet, why not throw on a dress and join the revolution? Everybody say love!”
Their first couple posts simply featured images of McConnell as “Anita Filibust-Her McConnell” and former Vice President Mike Pence as “Mother Pence.”
Subsequent posts, however, have included mini-bios and searingly clever reads of Ted Cruz (R-TX), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
“Rhonda Santy,” their DeSantis post reads. “Category is: Book Banning Princess Eleganza. She’s on a mission to turn that Magic Kingdom into a Tragic Kingdom and isn’t afraid to give Mickey the finger(s).”
“Lady Graham Cracker,” they wrote of their yassified Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “Riding in on her high horse always asking for money, honey. She’s a powerful queen who loves to control the purse strings AND your lady parts. Don’t she look good in a gown though?”
Most recently, they took on Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani: “Say hello to the GOP’s downfall darling, Rudy Garland, serving cuckoo couture. She used to run the Big Apple, but now she’s the juiciest peach on the streets, wandering the Upper East Side looking for her next gig (NOT the Four Seasons, honey). You thought the only thing she could leak was hair dye? Girl, watch her spill the tea!”
As political satire, the posts are hilarious. As works of deep-fake art, they’re stunning. But honestly, these GOP hacks really don’t deserve to look this good!