Where do they find these dudes?
Do they cruise Target, and follow guys with kids in tow who surreptitiously steal glances down the Maybelline aisle, and stare longingly at the Jason Wu Women’s Collection?
So we learned two things:
1. Even the most screwed up person can benefit from positive interactions with a caring human being.
2. The Queen is right about everything that is RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The Queen and Bianca are of separate minds about the “straight guys meet gay guys” type of episode. While we both find the concept innovative on some level, we disagree about the best way to deliver it.
So we start with the queens protesting the idea of one of the sashayed dolls returning to the Race–a convention that has yet to pay off in any way other than to provide filler for an extra episode. Most of the eliminated lady boys absolutely deserved to go. What has changed about them in the interim that makes them any more viable for the win? And no surprise in who Michelle brings back:
Miss Kenya Michaels–complete with her head wiggles and a Spanish to English Dictionary in her purse. The Queen smelled Carmen Carrera immediately. and knew where this was headed.
Other than the fact that the creations would be auctioned off for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, I found no redeeming social value in in the Build a Gay Bear mini challenge. Again, the Queen figured out two things: 1. That Kenya Michaels would win–no matter what the other toys looked like–so that Little Miss M would get something; and therefore: 2. Girlfriend was going straight back to the sequestered hotel–do not pass Go.
So then we meet the Daddies.
Here’s where Bianca and I part company: the premise of this type of episode seems to be straight guys who don’t necessarily “get” some aspect of drag and/or homosexuality discovering the commonalities which bind us, and the queens have similar revelations. Bianca thought that this group of guys was able to go deeper and provide a much more complex portrait of a straight male. The Queen agrees, however I feel that it’s a lot to take on in 40 minutes. I mean, these guys know what they’re in for. It’s not like the producers pulled some Fundamentalist Christian Truck Drivers off of the street–they have to be progressive in SOME way to agree to be a part of a show like this. So it makes sense that there wouldn’t be an out and out revulsion for the lady boys and their lifestyle. In that sense, the fathers provided nuance and complexity to a topic which deserves it. But I also think that it provides too many opportunities for the audience to get lost in the discussion. There’s something effective about a group of frat boys in which the main conflict becomes how to walk in heels; stop playing with their fake boobs and act more feminine. ESPECIALLY when you see them in Untucked all dragged out, yet acting like they are in t-shirts and sweats cheering for their drag partner as if they’re watching a Steelers game. That is always an endearing sight.
All that said: the fathers were stupendous. For me the best part of the episode was watching them bond. And it gave Phi Phi that much needed boost of humanity. If the Queen had only tuned in for this episode, and not seen Miss O’Hara’s previous antics, I would really like her. Unfortunately, that’s not the case and her vulnerability last night could not completely erase the taste of bitch from my mouth. That said, she turned it OUT. From the makeup, to the routine they performed she Turned. It. Out.
So it’s Condragulations to Phi Phi and Gi Gi O’Hara.
Bianca and I had to keep reminding ourselves which Dad Phi Phi had. The resemblance was uncanny. Between the drag and the chemistry that they had together, it was clear which team would come out on top. I wanted to roll my eyes at Phi Phi’s moment on the runway, but I couldn’t. It was poignant and palpable. It explained a lot of her attitude. It doesn’t forgive it, but it really does help you understand where all the bitterness comes from. Like every one else, Phi Phi just wants to be loved by her dad. I’m very glad that she got a little of that from Chris.
And it’s Sashay Away (again) to Kenya Michaels
And once again, the Queen was right. This show in it’s current version is really Americanized. You just HAVE to have a working understanding of U.S. Pop Culture. Girlfriend had no CLUE what the song she was Dance Syncing to was all about. Plus Latrice’s rendition was inspired. She brought it. We’ll talk more about that in the next post. Kenya definitely has Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent. Now she’s just gotta learn to translate it from Spanish to English.
It’s exhausting to always be right. You Miss Things be right for a while. What did ya’ think?