Oh My Gob

Yes, the Emmys goblin was a gay person

Ah, the Emmys red carpet: a place for glamor, gorgeous gowns, and … goblins? Yes, goblins.

At Monday night’s Emmy Awards, viewers noticed one celeb that stood out from the crowd. Among the likes of nominees including Ayo Edibiri, Jennifer Coolidge, and Pedro Pascal was, inexplicably, a full-fledged goblin, complete with green skin, stringy gray hair, and pointy ears. Oh, and a shimmering gown with matching heels, of course.

Who would dare to wear something so bizarre to the Emmys? A gay person, of course, and a drag queen at that. The goblin is none other than Princess Poppy, who competed on season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She was at the event with several of her Drag Race sisters, though only Poppy brought something different than typical red carpet glamor.

The cast of Season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race at the Emmy Awards. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

Naturally, the internet was obsessed. “Invite more queer people to your award shows so they do fun stuff like this,” commented one fan, and we couldn’t agree more.

Fellow Drag Race queens made sure to give the look its dues too, including Shea Couleé and Luxx Noir London. 

Poppy also got her primetime moment when Drag Race won the Emmy for best reality competition program, giving the show its fifth win in the category. RuPaul took the stage along with the cast to accept the award.

“We have released into the wild hundreds of drag queens, and they’re beautiful,” RuPaul said just as Poppy took the stage. The irony continued as RuPaul told the audience not to be scared of drag artists: “If a drag queen wants to read you a story at a library, listen to her because knowledge is power,” she said, “and if someone tries to restrict your access to power, they are trying to scare you.” An important message, if you can get past the literal monster standing behind her.

RuPaul herself also won the Emmy for outstanding host for a reality program, her eighth consecutive time winning the award. With the win, RuPaul maintains her status as the person with the most wins in the history of the category. She’s also the most-awarded person of color in the show’s history with 14 Emmys to her name.

Beyond the Drag Race cast, there were plenty gay moments to be found at the Emmys. In her acceptance speech for best supporting actress in a drama series for The White Lotus, Jennifer Coolidge made sure to thank “the evil gays,” a reference to her most iconic line from the series. (Note to the camera operators: that would’ve been a great time to cut to the gay goblin in the audience. Just saying.)

Back on the red carpet, Pedro Pascal showed off his trans sister Lux Pascal, also an actress and activist. Can her career blow up next, please?

There were also gay kisses galore. On the red carpet, Fire Island’s Joel Kim Booster smooched his boyfriend John-Michael Kelly, officially becoming the cutest couple of the night. And during the ceremony, The Bear’s Ebon Moss Bacharach and Matty Matheson shared an extended kiss after winning for outstanding comedy series. No wonder this is considered TV’s greatest night.

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