The reason I’m being so hard on you Ru, is because you are THE Dynamic Diva in Drag. Not only have you changed the face of Female Impersonation, but you’ve done so in an entertaining and artistic fashion. You are a consummate professional. The drivel you put out last night was—at best—amateurish, and—at worst—insulting to the intelligence of your viewers. Let’s continue, shall we?
Here’s a perfect example of the Queen’s dysfunctional writing style, and the primary downfall of Episode 13: I’m bored with this format of posting. And I’m bored with writing about such a trite piece of bovine feces. So I’m just going to head right to my conclusions.
My problem with the episode wasn’t so much the ending (although I don’t believe for one second that the viewers votes will have any impact on the choice of winner. If viewer voting was truly going to be a deciding factor, then it would be advertised from the beginning of the season as a fabulous selling point for the show–Like American Idol or Dancing With The Stars.). My problem with the episode is that it was given to us after a relatively strong season of thought and creativity. I worry about a franchise that feels the need to regurgitate formulaic material such as lunch with Ru, music video with Ru, etc., with no thoughts of innovation or originality.
The Queen understands that in order for a franchise to grow, you have to attract more people. RuPaul is an astute businessman, who has parlayed Drag into a lucrative business. As the Queen’s readership grows, I find myself facing the question of how to satisfy new readers while honoring the stalwarts who make this place fun and interesting. I can tell you one thing: it is not by dumbing down the product and simply appealing to sensationalism over content. I can’t help think of Tyra’s outfit, and how her style relates to all of this. Tyra usually has a germ of a great idea in her presentations. The big hair is glam. But not if the lace front isn’t right, or the lipstick looks like you just finished a caramel doughnut and forgot to wipe your mouth. What makes RuPaul a fabulous Drag Queen is the attention to detail. This episode had none of that.