Drag Out The Vote with Phi Phi O'Hara

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

1 out of 5 members of the LGBTQ community is not registered to vote and this election and Jaremi Carey, creator of Drag Race's Phi Phi O'Hara, ain't having it. As a co-chair of Drag Out the Vote campaign, their initiative is to mobilize drag artists across America to increase voter participation in their communities this November with big name to local city Queens.

In addition to Jaremi’s Phi Phi O’Hara character, he has stayed in the social media spotlight through his photo projects of 365 Days of Drag as well as his Harry Potter inspired Wizardry series, where he recreated looks from both the male and female characters. Jaremi has one heel in the drag world, and one foot in the cosplay scene.

We chatted with him about the campaign, his time on Drag Race, and surviving quarantine with your boo.  

This is metro source minis, theofficial podcast to Metro source magazine and home of short form interviews with your favoritepersonalities from the lgbtq world and beyond. Quick, Fun and informative. It'smetro source on the go, out in proud since one thousand nine hundred andninety. Well, hello, hello, hello, this is metro source minis. I'm your host, Alexander Rodriguez, here with natural source minis. I'mso excited. Today we are ready to drag out the vote with our guestsJeremy Carry, me to carry me. I'm rhyming. Jeremy Carry, riddleme this, riddle me that. Watch out, girls as bitches back.Jeremy Carry is an American drag performer, cosplay artist, actor and singer whocame to international attention as a runner up on the fourth season of Rupaul's dragraces. Fifty Oh Haarah. His cosplay and drag social media series covering threehundred sixty five days of drag and thirty one days of Harry Potter Inspired Wizardry, have gone viral and most recently his first character, Ruth Bader Ginsburg,was posted as the start of a new series to draw attention to his currentcampaign, drag out the vote, which includes the use of drag to engagevoters of all streets of life to sashay their way to the Poles, andJeremy has appeared in a number of music videos with other drag race alum aswell as a solo artist. appeared on skin wars, Andy Collins. Watchwhat happens live and it is the most adorable feature on twitch. Please welcomeJeremy Carry. I got hi's amazing introduction. I love your whole lay out.They're like you're all setting your little layer. I literally just got thisis my streaming room, but I literally just got done streaming. So yeah, hi, all right, and I love how your hair matches like you'relike yeah, yeah, all right. We're gonna jump right into it.On Metro source minis. Now Start off on a serious note. We havetaken a few steps back in terms of...

LGBT quality during this current political andsocial climate. Our youth are going back in the closet, they're dealing withsuicide issues, they're scared to come out, scared to be themselves, and Iknow that you're coming out wasn't exactly the best. Can you share alittle bit about your story and offer any advice to our youth or anyone reallythat's that's coming out. You know, I've I mean I grew up inTexas and a very religious family and very Republican family as well. So Ihad a girlfriend, not because I didn't want you. I'm attracted to women, or was at the time. And and for me, I my dadbeat me up when he found out I was gay, like all this stuff, but I do, I do think it's changed a lot for the goodand I think like the younger generation is so there's so much smarter and there'sso much more open and free, and I think that's really cool. Ithink the most important part when coming out is that to make sure you havea safe environment to do so. You know what I mean. Yeah,now I know that you kind of you kind of survived on your own.You kind of had to make it on your own. Where did you drawthat strength from? Yeah, yeah, yeah, gotta live, you knowwhat I mean. Like, I was homeless for a while and I usedto like some Saba's truth. I used to like couch surf and like findI would like date guys, you know what I mean, to just havea place to sleep at night and that's a sad reality with a lot oflgbt youth, you know I mean, and if with their families kicking themout of their house. And for me, it was just like I had tolive, and so I have to make it okay. I'm let's talka little drag race are. You have been very vocal about your experience onthe show. Do you think that or expect a little bit? A littlebit? Do you think your experience was...

...different because you entered the competition asa performer whose character was fifing O'hara, rather than the other queens whose wholelives were their characters? No, I think kind of sound shady. Thisgets on so shady now. That takes I think. I think there's peoplethat need the show and and it's great because what they do is they dodragon, they do it well and and that show is great for showing offtheir skills. But I do so much more than just drag and for me, when I got there, and I probably because I would again going backto being like a homeless and fighter and everything like, I had a fightfor my place on this and this planet. For me, being in the scene, the setup where everyone tells you what to do and say and whoto be. Just I was sick of it, you know what I mean. So I was just like, I'm not doing this, I can't putup with this. The first season, like, also season four, wasit was fun because I love a villain. Who Doesn't love a villain on TV? Like and I like I knew what I was doing. It wasso fun, like creating these moments of drama and everything was story producers andSharon. But when all stars to came around, I was so sure ofwho I was, not only as an adult but like as an artist,that I for someone to tell me, like what I was doing was notgood because it wasn't to their standards of art. I was done. Iwas like, I'm not putting up. Yeah, now I'm a huge fanof your cosplay. Your Harry Potter work was amazing. And then when Iwhen I saw your social media today, but to say, Ruthie up,they are got that look that looks so on point. I'm using good threehundred and sixty five days of drag, but I can barely put on matchingstocks. What is what is your creative process in creating an implementing a campaignand and your look what each one on...

...a different process. I'm three hundredand sixty five. I just finished filming all stars to it hasn't even airedyet, and a listen. I got into our argument and it really likesstuck with me because she was like, we'll see who people believe, whocould who has the most followers? And I was like really, so thisis a follower thing, you think, because, like, I didn't havethis many followers at the time, that no one's going to believe me andso, which I'm H and so I was like, what can I dowith true talent, not not as not a show back in the up tomake me a star, but true tell what could I do? And thisis before they even aired all stars, even announce the casts. And Iwas like, you know what, I have a look book of stuff thatI can't do, like on tour, like the show's on tour. It'slike the super fast you have. You have minutes to change. And so'sand my fantasy five were like full on elaborate body paints and stuff. Iwas like, what can I do? And so I was like, youknow, how about every day I release a new nude look in this bookthat I doodle in. And then I didn't realize, like how, howcould? A day goes by and like how many looks it added up,and I'm thankful for like a I went like the vintage chop, a lotlike the sters by Shit. And then Bianca del Rio, when she sheI happen to get her when she was moving. I live in New York, so when she was moving from New York to La she's clearing out likeall her drags. She gave me like bags and bags and bags of Shitthat I used for three hundred and sixty five days of drag. And thenHarry Potter. I was like, all right, I'm not going to doanother photo series of three hundred and sixty five, but what lent like threein this of my photos? What photo series could I do and elevate itfrom the last time I did it? And I so I did the HarryPotter series with like insane prosthetics and costuming and makeup transformations, and I thattime I switched it up with gender and I did whether it was a maleor female presenting or Gremlin Monster. I did that. And then now withthis one, the trailblazing woman. It's not just me, it's women fromaround the world. Now I did like maybe four or five transformations, Ibelieve me, before and but this time we're shining light on women around theworld. It's remarkable and it really really...

...shows off so much of your creativeaspect in your a whole personality. You have so many different creative traits.And I want to talk about drag out to vote, inspiring the LGBT communityto get out and vote. Surprising fact, one out of five members of ourcommunity are not registered to vote and I was like what, well,what? Yeah, thanks, the reaction thing. Reaction, no, no, what? Why do you think that is? I think that, like, especially with you, I think there's just a lot more issues that thatthey're focused on at the moment then then voting again. It goes back tome like being homeless and, you know, finding out couch to sleep on.I think, like, especially with you, they're trying to figure outwho they are, navigating through that and and which is important, just tryingto survive rather than voting for them. But now it's essential. You needto vote to survive and this election is is super important, especially for ourrights because they're slowly being stripped away. And I remember when Donald Trump waselected president. I remember just the fear of not knowing what he his administrationwould do, and I was engaged at the time and out of fear myhusband, I just went straight to the courthouse to get married. We didn'thave our dream wedding that we wanted. We just went to the courthouse justso if anything happened, maybe we'd be grandfathered in, you know, someprogram which is sad. That's like, that's sad. The thing I shouldn'thave to think like that. So I just think that I'd like to thinkthe the administration for opening her eyes. So a lot of politics and wantingus, pushing us to care more, which I will say that that's forsure. Well, I think if there is any good it's that we havebeen challenged as a community and other minority groups socially and politically. So weare now having to fight and this younger generation is going to have more ofa respect of how our our gay rights started in the first place. Well, and I think it's so cool because they, like I said, they'reso free and open and brave and like...

...they know the power that they haveand it's so cool to see an eyeful old thing this like really follow.But I'm so proud of like, especially my younger fans, and following thatI see going out there and marching in the streets, are raising money orbeing a new dragon bastard, or now for this new program which I gotthe book. So cool. Now I'm how can we, as your fans, support drag out the vote? Well, I'm simple, well, simple,follow you. Guys can follow them on every social media. That's that'ssuper easy. But a lot of people think like, Oh, I don'thave any money, I can't give or donate, and a lot of people, especially with this pandemic, that is a very common thing. A lotof us lost our jobs, and so you never know the power of aretweet or sharing information. And the cool thing that Jackie Huba, the creatordrag out the vote, and I've talked about is that it is so important. Social Media, it's so easy to retweet something and not do your researchon it, and with drag out the vote they're putting out accurate, importantinformation that needs to be shared and it costs zero and everybody's on their phone, everybody is at its Jeff sups constantly. It takes zero effort to retweet somethingand share something. You never know who's going to say it in thepower of a tweet. So all right, I want you to give me alittle relationship advice, because you have been in a relationship for quite anumber of years, as you as you mentioned, you were married. Wow, wow, sorry, single boys and girls, relationship advice do you have? I can't even get a date. I you know. So I wasjoking about it because I'm I'm always on tour Beo prior to the pandemic,and so my husband I really never saw each other and it was like inpassing. It's so it gave us like that chance to miss each other,you know, and and come home. And then now it's every day.No, but it's been it's been great. And we argue. That's part ofit. I think a lot of people think that, especially, andI had this until you you argue and...

...people are like, oh, it'snot going to work, we're done. No arguments happened, and and andI think, yeah, they need to happen so you can learn and growfrom that. And and I think it's just you have to be secure andyour relationship. Like my husband I are super secure. We know who weare, we know about the end. We're coming home to each other andmaybe that comes with age and everything. But it sounds so cheesy and it'sso cliche. It's really truly is. But when it happens and you meetthat person, you truly will know. And it's like I met him inthe club, out of all play, a hopeless place, as Rihanna says, and we it was like instant, like I was like, like,I'm gonna marry him. And it's so funny because I used to laugh atlike, you know, you watch these couples in there, like I justlooked across the room and sawl and new and I was like, okay,but it's so true. It's and it will happen. So how dare you, sir? So lucky. But it's funny because being home stuff with somebody, you're like, I didn't realize he was a mouth breather. I ohwell, okay, I will say this. So there's been my husband does Snore, like Oh my God, and because I haven't really been home toexperience it, and so thou sometimes like if I do not go to bedbefore he falls asleep. I will go like lay in like the living roomand fall aslee because it is so loud I cannot. He's gonna get madat this, but it's true. It's more loud. So, okay,let's play a little rapid fire before we go. Are you ready? Let'sit. Okay, biggest onstage. Mishap oh I fell on stage at Mickey'sin Hollywood, and then Perez Hilton put it on his website. Okay,well, hit miss. Okay, celebrity. Who would want to give a cosplaymakeover too? Oh, Angela and Julie who? That would be fabulous. What is the challenge that you would add to drag race? I havesaid this for a bazillion years that they...

...drag race Queens go on the roadso much and they have to go from place to place to place, sometimesstraight from the airport to the GIG, and I think be so cool fortheir first time meeting each other the moment that they get off that plane,that they have to get and and makeup in the car and go to setand that's how they're introduced. Well, that's a really good challenge, likealmost like amazing race, and it really does challenge you on like car drug. Oh, I love that. Okay, strangest fan request or comment, Ohmy God, I get the daily. I will say this. One time, though, I wouldn't say it was an Ohio, Indiana, oneof those, and they, the promoter, gave out where I was staying andmy hotel room number. Yeah, and they went to my room andthey were unlike five dollar bills, which I'll dare you should be like atwenty or some give. They were like literally writing on messages like please comeout and see me, and then they slide under the door and then Ithink we had a call security and then switch my rooms. But yeah,that was really weird. Oh my God, I'd be like a sand picks sliderundergrap not just the TORDA. All right, Jeremy, what's the strangestthing, or at the shadiest thing you've seen backstage at a drag show thatyou've seen happened? I I've never seen anything shady, to be honest.You mean, I w see fights and cat fights, but as far aslike breaking up glass and sticking it up and Shit, I've never seen likeanything shady, because you know it is grow up in Texas like bitches.If they have got that, they got something to say, they'll say itto you right in and there, and so, oh yeah, we handlesit like yeah, there really wasn't anything crazy. Now, all right,I tell all of our audience where you want them to find and follow you. So I'm on all of my social media's as under Fifi O'Hara. Still, until they let I can't change it because I'm a verified account. Andso, yeah, I've got it. Yeah, so I'm an instagram.It is at Pithu Haara still, but...

...on my twitter it's at just Jeremy. So you can find dust. Yes, all right, it's been such apleasure talking to you. You can also read a little bit more ofour interview in Metro source magazine at Metro sourcecom. And drag out the vote, everybody, get out, get out and help. All right, thishas been my chat with Jeremy Carry and that's our episode. I'm your hostand lead writer from Metro sours, Alexander Rodriguez. You can follow me ator on Instagram at Alexanders on air, and you can binge listen to allof our episodes featuring your favorite celebrities from our issues. Until next time,stay true, stay you Bo. That has been another metro source mini like. Share, subscribe on your favorite podcast player and check out the latest issueof Metro Sports magazine on newstands or online at Metro sportscom. Follow us onFacebook, instagram at natural source and on twitter at Metro Sports Man. Untilnext time, he fast.

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