RPDR S4, E14: RuPaul Reunited Part II

I have to confess something: the Queen wasn’t really very excited about blogging Drag Race. It was Bianca who convinced me to commit to it. And it was you Miss Things who made it one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I know that sounds very dramatic. But I am, after all, a sometimes flamboyant homosexual male.
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RPDR S4, E9: Frock The Vote Top & Bottom

Well, we’re at the point in the race where there aren’t enough queens to have any real drama. So we’re down to extra long product placements; transparently manufactured conflicts and faggy filler. And even with all of that, the producers have still managed to create some of the most compelling challenges yet, imho. I still think this is one of my favorite seasons thus far, but I’m definitely feeling the sag. You know you’re in trouble when even the villain of the series is tepid at this point. We need someone new to hate.

Be careful what you wish for, huh?
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RPDR S4, E8: Frenemies Top &…uhhhh…Bottom…and, errr…Top?

Well if that don’t beat all?

There’s a reason that many queens revere vocal divas like Judy, Patti, Bette and Whitney. And why we are drawn to movies like The Women and All About Eve: they deliver High Drama. They have us throwing our hands in the air when we hear them sing, or dabbing our eyes with Kleenex and gay gasping on every other line when we watch them in the dark, while curled up on the couch with a Diet Coke and bag of Orville Redenbacher.
What will our FBQ say?! Read On to find out!

RPDR S4,E6: Float Your Boat-Untucking At Sea

Thanks to the Miss Things in the Comments Section for practically writing this post for me. Their astute observations are right on the money. So, of course, I’ll be stealing liberally from them.

“Put It Out There On The Runway Every Single Time”–Willam

So this episode started with the dolls throwing Jiggly under the rudder. Although the Queen doesn’t know if you can call it that. Usually “throwing under the bus” is a conscious form of sabotage. I don’t know if you can consider it sabotage if the queens are really just giving their opinion. And especially when the opinion was glaringly obvious. The float was the worst one on the stage.And Jiggly, once more, was unable to look at herself objectively and maturely. Willam to the rescue. “You have to give the whole show every time. You don’t save any tricks for later.” For the Queen, the blatant immaturity of dolls like Jiggly and Phi Phi shows itself in their inability to hear sage advice. Willam is constantly giving tips for which he could charge money. But these girls just don’t get it.

“Milan just doesn’t have a sense of who she is as a drag queen.”–occasionalblonde

Another piece of constructive criticism Willam put out was for Miss Milan, who like the aforementioned immature lady boys was not able to see the writing on the wall. She just doesn’t get it. As occasionalblonde goes on to say in one of her posts: “To use an grossly overused quotation ‘there’s no there there’.” Milan just doesn’t get the fact that the people she admires are innovators. She is not. And doing poor imitations of them only highlights their talent and her lack thereof. DON’T compare yourself to Kevin, dear. The only thing you have in common with Kevin is your penis.

“Dida Is A Girly Girl”–Dida Ritz

As the queen has said previously, he thinks this doll has potential. She has grown tremendously and continues to transform her look. Now she needs to work on that attitude. Dida, girly girls don’t win RuPaul’s Drag Race. They might get more dollars at Tea Dances, but they don’t win this competition. There are lots of pretty drag queens out there. But there are NOT a lot who are the total package of Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent. AND who are Somebodies who are about Something and Prance. And they pay attention to the detail of their drag. God bless Willam for his snarky, and accurate comments.

One Girl, Eight Queens

There have been a number of good judges on Drag Race, some are good because they know drag queens, some are good because they know the world of entertainment. Rarely do you get celebrity judges who know both. This little bullet-crowned Diva had it all. What a treat it was to have her interface with the lady boys. I’d like to say that I wish they would do this segment every week, but it takes a moderator who gets those two things in order to make it work.

Let’s talk about her visit…

In the next post.

I’m such a dramatic bitch.

RPDR S4,E6: Float Your Boat-Top & Bottom (NSFW)

This post is NSFW

I don’t know where it’s coming from. Maybe RuPaul had this in his five year plan all along. Maybe he had an epiphany between the last season and this one. Ultimately it’s not important. What is important is that this show has gone from being a guilty pleasure to a must-see, entertaining deconstruction of what it means for some of us to be gay, and the Art of Drag.

So the mini-challenge is to don breastplates and participate in a Wet T-shirt contest at Dragtona Beach.

If they keep showing the Pit Crew and hunky young eye-candy to whoop and cheer, then EVERY week should include a Wet T-shirt contest at Dragtona Beach. As John Polly and Jon Mallow bring up in their weekly recap Drag Ya’ Later with Jon & John: the show is going all out on these sets and extras; and my eyes–and a few other parts of my body–are very grateful for it.
The Queen is SO confused by Standards and Practices. I’m not sure why you can show a breast plate with nipples laying on a table, and a person trying them on in one scene; and have to blur the same device in another.
Anyway when all is said and done, Willam out-titillates the rest of the lady boys (to the further chagrin of Miss O’Hara) and does what he said he was going to do. I know one of the things that turn folks off about this Diva is his blazing confidence. I think it’s one of the things that makes him so interesting to watch. I could see if he didn’t bring it, but he does. It is SO much easier for me to deal with a cocky bitch who has the goods to back it up, than someone who thinks they’ve got it together and have no clue *cough*Milan*cough*.Ah, well. Too bad George Carlin isn’t around to explain it to me.

The Queen was truly moved by the incorporation of Stonewall into the episode. Bianca commented that this was the kind of gay TV that he could support. This is what he expected from RuPaul, as someone who has broken stereotypes about drag.

The TRUE Fierce Black Queen: Marsha P. Johnson 1944-1992

What a brilliant and pleasurable experience to watch Chad, Sharon and Willam school these guys on their history. What a forum to have for the young people of this generation! Especially when we are seeing one of the most significant rises of HIV in young men of color between 13 and 29. Young gay men have no real role models to guide them these days (if anyone had told me at 21 that those words would EVER come out of my mouth, I would have bitch-slapped them). Without history, we are condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past. I want so much more for the beautiful young men I see every day.

So it’s Condragulations to Willam.

The Queen has to admit that the challenge was a Drag Race version of Project Runway’s “Make A Pretty Dress” with a twist. A twist that Bianca and I believe made it quite difficult for the queens to produce something with any kind of finesse (more about that in the next post). But it was fun to see him be recognized for his effort. Bianca will correct me if I’m wrong (BOY will Bianca correct me if I’m wrong), but we believe there was a difference between Willam and Milan’s float and statement. A difference that highlights the meticulousness and confidence with which he plays this game. Bravo.

And it’s Sashay Away for Milan.

Proving once again, that there is a God.

I wish him no ill will. And I actually think that he could have a pretty strong media career (possibly as a newscaster–he’s quite articulate, and has a certain ease with the camera when he’s not trying to play a character)…just not as an actor. Please. Anything but as an actor.

Thoughts? Opinions? Musings of Fierce Miss Things?

Just between us goils.