As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of RuPaul and most of her girls. I’m, unfortunately, also not hooked up to a tv that has RuPaul’s shows on it, so I have to wait to watch it online. Now that I’m all caught up on the premier of last night’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Untucked” (is it me or are the titles getting a bit too long?), I’m going to let you know what happened.
I went into this new show knowing who was being sent home. It was fun watching the queens size each other up as they each made their entrances into the Werk Room. This time around the queens got to pick their teammates, unfortunately some queens didn’t get who they wanted and some queens weren’t picked at all; leaving very awk-weird teams; like Mimi Imfurst and poor Pandora Boxx.
The teams had to come up with a photo showing them mid-transformation, while their photo-shoot was to show opposites while posing in black rain. Personally I thought that Team Rujubee had real class when it came to their “Opposites” shoot, thanks to a very “ballsy” Raven. ;9
In the end it was down to Team Chad & Shannel Vs Team Mimi & Pandora. At this point, something very disturbing occurred to me about Reality tv. I wasn’t watching to find out who was going to win, I was watching to find out who was being sent home. I realized that I was par-taking in a mass bullying exercise. I, like many people, was watching a competition, not to root for the winner, but to watch who would be humiliated on national television, who would cry, whose mascara would run, and who would “act the fool”.
I felt sad in my own behavior and annoyed that this “bullying” was now what the society called “entertainment” under the guise of “competition”. —my head hurt.
Team Matrice won. Congrats to them! Here’s the premier…
When I watched Untucked, I got angry. I’ve never been a fan of Mimi Imfurst. Personally, I found her first performances on RDR to be embarrassing to herself as well as anyone who watched. She was unprofessional and unladylike when she lifted another competitor over her shoulders. BUT, it was not until I watched Untucked and saw the rest of the teams, including her own teammate, verbally beat the crap out of her, without ever REALLY giving her a chance to redeem herself.
As the episode went on I realized that I was watching 30 minutes of drag bullying.
When I was younger I was a drag king and knew many a drag queen. What we call “Bullying” now was kinda…well, the language you dealt in. I’ve been out of the drag scene for many years, but I don’t think the behavior would have changed all that much. You picked and teased and snidely commented and it was meant to weed out the weak queens, or find like-minded queens. Those that didn’t bite back, got devoured. Survival of the fittest so to speak. (I was a drag king, so my opinion barely mattered in such things. I observed, as I’ve been known to do.)
Watching this on one of my favorite shows was like being punched in the tits. It hurts, but I kinda knew it would. So the question is, do I continue to watch and support a show that is a competition that shows bullying as part of the basis of the show, or do I stop supporting it because it shows drag queens being themselves, which sometimes includes bullying as part of the human experience? Hmm…
Here is Untucked. (my head hurts again.)