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Pete Davidson undergoes drag makeover with RuPaul on ‘SNL,’ prompting memes

RuPaul saw the 'future of drag' in Pete Davidson’s character, Chad.


Alexandra Samuels


Posted on Feb 9, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 3:59 pm CDT

On the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, RuPaul gave Pete Davidson the makeover of his life. 

In the roughly four-minute sketch, Davidson reprises his role as Chad, a lovable idiot who’s basically down for everything. In this bit, RuPaul—playing himself—is posing for a magazine cover, but laments that drag needs a new star.

Enter, Chad.

RuPaul is entranced by Davidson’s character whom he calls “the future of drag.”

Turning to Chad, RuPaul says, “There’s something dynamic about you, boy! Have you ever done drag?”

“Nah, just weed and pills,” Chad says, with a blank expression. That’s when the makeover begins.

RuPaul teaches Chad the art of “the tuck” (i.e. taping down his junk) and “the look” (i.e. putting on a dress with silicone breasts.) Unsurprisingly, Davidson’s character has trouble mastering both. He tapes his penis to his stomach with duct tape and cannot stop playing with his fake boobs. 

Eventually, Chad gets the full look. But he walks away—very awkwardly in heels—because donning drag turns out to be too much work for him.

“Look, I can mold you into the next RuPaul. And if you want to be the best, you’ve got to be willing to work your padded ass off,” RuPaul says. “So I’ll ask you one more time, Chad: Do you want to be the greatest drag queen in the world?”

“No,” Chad says with a slight shrug. 

Of course, Davidson’s transformation launched a number of memes on Twitter. 

“We need to talk about Pete Davidson in drag,” one user wrote.

Another used a meme of Baby Yoda to convey their reaction to the skit.

“I’m…….. PETE DAVIDSON IN DRAG ON SNL BY THE HANDS OF RUPAUL HERSELF,” Twitter user @CelineRivera122 wrote.

Others likened Pete Davidson in drag to Camila Cabello.


H/T Bustle

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*First Published: Feb 9, 2020, 9:53 am CST