The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6
Five seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race have come and gone. I had better things to do. The reason I avoided the show, which has become so successful that it manged to save LogoTV from complete invisibility, was because I didn’t want to participate in the culture of mean that reality television promotes.
That is of course until I learned that Pegasus on Church was screening the entire sixth season for their patrons on a jumbo screen, with prizes to be handed out during commercial breaks. Beer coupled with bitchy drag queens competing for the chance to win $100,000 never sounded so appealing.
I was there in a millisecond. So now it’s become my Monday night routine. But in addition I’ve established an appreciation for the show, and its contestants.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show let me give you a quick synopsis. Legendary drag superstar, RuPaul plays is host, mentor, and inspiration for the series, which details RuPaul’s search for “America’s next drag superstar.”
In the show’s first season, it was the most-watched series on Logo, and in its second it became the most-streamed series ever on LogoTV.com’s history. 14 drag performers compete in a format that consists of a mini challenge, a main challenge, a runway walk where the contestants model their own fashion based on a predetermined theme and a biting judging panel.
Phew. Thanks Wikipedia for helping me figure that out. In years prior to season 6 all 14 drag queens were introduced in the first episode but this year producers created two premiers, with the first seven queens competing against each other in the first part, and the remaining seven competing in the second part.
Amaze-balls. I never thought I would love the show as much as I do, but it’s super fascinating. The performers are devilishly talented, and they design and sew their own costumes for each runway event.
But of course I can’t ignore the bad behaviour demonstrated by the majority of the contestants. Some of these queens are severely damaged people who lack self-awareness, introspection and who are shackled to their insecurities.
That being said, the show seems to be capable of identifying who these individuals are within the first couple of episodes and appropriately eliminate them if they prove incapable of getting along with the other drag queens.
It’s certainly entertaining. Probably more disturbing for me was watching the episodes in a room full of gay men, who demonstrated ignorant and hollow views. I guess that’s to be expected for reality star enthusiasts? Not sure if that’s true.
Here’s what I mean: There is a queen called Courtney who when in drag looks exactly like a woman. The gay men appear to LOVE her. They are however not that fond of the plus-sized drag queen, and at one point someone at the table next to mine thought it was good form to yell, “Get that fat bitch off the show!”
It was a bit disconcerting for me to hear a group of young gay men praise the most feminine queen, while hurling crude insults at the “fat one.” So, that was one of my observations and I’ll write more about it later.
In the meantime, watch the trailer for the show.