The Untold Truth Of Todrick Hall

MTV calls him a “quadruple threat,” but even
that’s a conservative estimate on Todrick Hall. He’s a choreographer, actor, dancer, singer,
songwriter, and director — and he’s managed to parlay his fleeting American Idol fame
into a highly successful career. Between the viral videos, his ongoing stint
on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and well-received performances in Broadway’s Kinky Boots and Chicago, Hall’s
fame hasn’t softened his hustle. Still, there’s a whole lot we don’t know about
him. This is the untold truth of Todrick Hall. ​Teaming up with Tay After shaking his thing in Taylor Swift’s
“Look What You Made Me Do,” Hall was accused of disrespecting the black community and the
LGBT community, simply for collaborating with Swift. Adding fuel to the fire, some Beyoncé fans
reportedly thought the video was a flagrant rip-off of “Formation” and held Hall accountable
for that, too. Hall defended himself against accusations
that he’d “sold out,” telling Yahoo in 2017, “I didn’t do this Taylor Swift video for money. I did it because she’s my friend, and she
was very excited about it. […] I have gotten comments from people who
are upset and have literally said the fact that I am friends with a white person is a
problem. […] And I find that very disheartening.” ​The thing about Oz Hall landed on the map with an appearance
on American Idol in 2010. But that new-found fame couldn’t shield him
from accusations regarding his sketchy business practices. According to The Associated Press, the uproar
involved a doomed production of Oz, The Musical, which was written and directed by Hall. Though he’d successfully mounted the musical
several times, a 2009 production sputtered out of cash before its projected national
tour. One disgruntled father told Inside Edition, “You’ve got a bunch of 6, 7, 8-year-olds that
had their heart set on a play and they were basically scammed and lied to.” Although it’s unclear how the saga ended,
the misfire wasn’t due to a lack of passion from its director. Hall is utterly obsessed with The Wizard of
Oz and all of its incarnations. He told Billboard in 2016, “I just always identified with Dorothy, being
a misfit kid growing up [in] Texas. I always knew that there was something bigger
and better for me outside of the little black-and-white world that I lived in.” Teetotaling talent If you ever see Hall at the club, dancing
on speakers, don’t blame it on the booze. Hall doesn’t drink, never touched a cigarette,
and certainly isn’t interested in drugs. He says, “When I went to school and they showed me,
like, the guy smoking, and his lungs turned black, and they said, ‘Don’t do it,’ I was
like, ‘Gotcha.'” But don’t confuse Hall for a health nut, cuz
he’s not certainly not strict about getting his veggies. “I only eat basically things that you can
get in a theme park… a corn dog, chili dog, pizza.” ​Firing back at the haters Hall has a tough-as-nails approach when it
comes to choreographing on RuPaul’s Drag Race. But in 2018, after he coached the final four
contestants for the “American” performance, judgmental Twitter users accused Hall of being
“the least constructive person” on the show, noting that most of his “critiques were negative,”
with some even calling him “annoying” and “trash.” But Hall has no problem standing up to his
critics. He clapped back: “Get up and do something
with your life instead of sitting behind your phone talking about people who do.” He also assured, via Twitter: “My goal is to make it so hard for Ru to eliminate
them that he keeps them all, and I do […] so you’re welcome.” ​Don’t call him a drag queen Though Hall spent a good part of 2016 on the
judging panel for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2, the tables effectively turned when he did
himself up to “lip sync for his life.” As Attitude reported, the clip was ultimately
a fun promo to get word out that Hall was starring in Broadway’s Kinky Boots. But despite the occasional wig and overdrawn
lip, Hall doesn’t refer to himself as a drag queen. He told PhillyVoice in 2018, “I do not consider myself to be a drag queen
by any means. That would be disrespectful to those who spent
so many years in the art form.”


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