Before I begin this post I have to let you know a little something about my TV watching: I will give everything a chance if I have interest in it. Everything gets 3 episodes to catch me before I make a decision on if I want to continue watching it or not. After last night’s 3rd episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 I can safely say that I think I am over drag race. After 7 years on the air with some of the most incredible queens I’ve ever seen doing some of the funniest and most entertaining challenges, I believe that RuPaul’s Drag Race is on its way out. Gone are the days of really great one liners, cliques forming to create drama, original challenges, and above it all integrity. The last one may seem like it doesn’t belong but I’m going to explain to you what I mean.
One thing that I never really liked about drag race is the lack of diversity in its drag competitors. Except for Season 1 and the absolutely flawless Nina Flowers, we never really get to see androgynous drag. That became the norm as the seasons progressed. We got a lot more fish and that’s totally fine. I believe RuPaul wanted to appeal to the mainstream market and what better way to do that than by showing them a very pretty, tame and safe form of drag. There was so real freak drag, androgynous drag, or original drag and I believe that it was because it would not have crossed over to the mainstream. I truly believe that. Once in a while we would get hints of something different (Milk), but nothing that was so groundbreaking or fresh as Nina was in Season 1. Every week the contestants would walk down the runway and they would get critiqued, and anytime someone evoked even a little bit of masculinity or androgyny they would get read the house down. “You have a boy body”, “I’m not getting woman”, “This is not a good female illusion” etc. etc. Anything that comes out of Michelle’s mouth or Santino’s mouth was always pretty much that. Even as recent as episode 1 when the challenge was come out naked, and Violet CAME OUT NAKED, she got read by Michelle for being too boy. I am not a huge fan of Violet’s and I thought that was such bullshit. Drag Race has always wanted a certain look and that’s totally fine.
Then came last night. The challenge was to wear a fucking beard on the main stage. I was infuriated. I don’t understand how one week they could criticize someone for showing a bit of boy body and then the next week saying put on a full beard? Not to mention for chastizing and eliminating anyone from previous seasons who was anything other than a pretty girl. And what about including those bearded queens that I’m sure are applying every single year and really making a statement. For a show to completely deny a whole cross section of drag entry for fear of not being “fish” enough (allegedly), and then creating last night’s challenge (and everyone except for a couple executing it absolutely horrendously) which does not make sense at ALL with the brand, and the kicker for me was neither RuPaul OR Michelle Visage wore any facial hair. Why wouldn’t you take part in the challenge? That would’ve been such a great moment and it was so missed. Hell, I’m sure Kat Dennings would’ve worn a beard, she’s that kind of girl.
I have lost almost all faith in this show. Season 7 has been almost offensive to me and to so many viewers. This is not what we expect from one of the most groundbreaking shows on television. These challenges are all just recycled (badly) from previous seasons, the entertainment value has pretty much hit the floor, and the contestants this year pale in comparison to the previous seasons. There is no one in the competition that deserves to title this year- no one. Everyone is so mediocre. I cannot believe that THIS is the best that America has to offer (well, the best “fish” anyway.) Arguably one of the most popular contestants on this season is asleep half the time, I don’t understand how this is ok? How is THIS season the next generation of drag? It boggles my mind.
I am a super fan of this show. I watch it, study it, write about it, book the queens, have made some great friends with some of these queens and truly TRULY almost idolize some of these queens. I think it has done wonders for the drag community, the trans community and the rest of gay and lesbian community. Like I said it was groundbreaking and really clever television when it started, and now it’s a a former shadow of itself and it breaks my heart to watch it sink. I’m really REALLY hoping that it turns around but like I said, 3 episodes in and I’m not invested in anyone like I have been in previous seasons. That is a problem.
Max won last night. Jasmine and Kennedy had to lip sync in the most contrived bottom 2 ever (let’s get the friends to do it against each other for drama) with Jasmine going home, and while Untucked delivered a BIT of drama, it still really sucks.
Time to step it up drag race, because if not you’re going to start losing viewers.