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Bob the Drag Queen on Being Obsessed with Every Iteration of The Color Purple

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If there’s one thing that’s true in this upside-down world, it’s that Bob the Drag Queen absolutely loves The Color Purple.

She’s seen and read every iteration of the story (book, film, and stage), but she’s found herself coming back to Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated adaptation over and over. On this episode of The Spark Parade, the artist explains how the character of Celie, Whoopi Goldberg’s breakout role, solidified her obsession with the film. It’s a striking, subtle, heartfelt performance that’s touched Bob deeply enough to become a huge Whoopi stan.

“Watching Whoopi Goldberg cover up her smile is one of the most heartbreaking things I think I’ve ever seen in cinema,” she explains. “Watching her deny her joy, watching her deny herself beauty, it really can get to you.”

Listen to Bob the Drag Queen gush over The Color Purple in this episode of The Spark Parade. Please also take the time to like, review, and subscribe to The Spark Parade wherever you get your podcasts, and keep up to date with all our series by following the Consequence Podcast Network.

Host Adam Unze (The Opus) explores creativity in all its forms on The Spark Parade by asking musicians, artists, comedians, and other creators to share the single cultural work that has most inspired them. Whether it comes from the world of music, film, comedy, visual art, or literature, we all have something that sparks our own creative desires. On The Spark Parade, guests reveal the single piece of art that ignites within them to fire of creation.