If you haven’t been following along with RuPaul’s Drag Race this year, shame on you. You are missing out on some good gagging.
All T, no shade, RuPaul’s Drag Race is one of the finest reality shows on television (or on your computer or mobile device, depending on whether your cable provider offers Logo). Let’s catch up with the first three episodes of season 7!
Episode 1: Born Naked
Our new crop of 14 queens came in like a wrecking ball and stomped the runway not once, not twice, but thrice for the challenge and judging. The last runway was a “nude illusion,” which most of the queens understood completely but one (cough, Sasha Belle) thought meant “wear a flesh-toned swimsuit with a giant black bra underneath.” Naturally, the high-fashion queen with the tiniest waist in Drag Race herstory Violet Chachki won the day. Older queen Tempest DuJour and bearded queen (all shade on that one…literally. Hate this bitch) Kandy Ho were in the bottom 2, and after a humdrum Lip Sync For Your Life, Tempest was sent packing. Tragic, because her entrance was arguably the best (birthing the baby doll, as seen in the previews). As for the other queens, the ones I found most impressive were: Miss Fame (gorgeous, stylish, attitude reminiscent of Raja); Trixie Mattel (original, quirky, great and clear point of view); Katya (hilarious, like Jessica Wild meets Willam meets Vladimir Putin); and Ginger Minj (polished and relatable “big girl” in the vein of Latrice Royale). Queens I did not care for: Jasmine Masters (manly torso and kind of stank attitude); Kennedy Davenport (just gives off an “I’m better than you” aura, but not in a fun drag-queen sort of way); and the aforementioned Kandy Ho (beard!) and Violet Chachki (beautiful, but ten times stanker than Jasmine).
Episode 2: Glamazonian Airways
The mini-challenge was getting blown by the pit crew (insert Ginger Minj’s intrigued, coy grin here)…with leaf blowers. Also, Moby was there, but let’s not speak of that. Ginger and Trixie win and are team captains to create a dance and lip sync performance to a spoken word and sung pre-flight safety demonstration. You may need to re-read that sentence several times, but there is no way for me to make it any simpler. Both groups do a good job, with Ginger and (in my opinion, but not Ru’s) Jasmine standing out. Ginger wins the challenge, and Katya and Sasha Belle are in the bottom 2. Katya slays on the lip sync, sending Drag Race superfan Sasha back home to Iowa City. There are drag queens in Iowa City? Huh. How about that.
Episode 3: ShakesQueer
This week’s mini-challenge is one of those television moments that you know will be featured on The Soup (in fact, the leaf-blower challenge from the previous week was shown there): a Soul Train dance party with the queens dressed up as little old ladies. Jasmine actually earns a huge laugh from me when she shows up waving around a loaf of bread, but Max (quirky grey-haired queen) and Kennedy Davenport (dance captain) were the winners and team captains for the main challenge: performances of Shakespeare reimaginings Macbitch and Romy and Juliet. Macbitch, performed by Kennedy’s team, is indeed a Shakespearean tragedy of epic proportions, with everyone forgetting their lines and/or just plain sucking. Romy and Juliet is the default winner, basically, with team captain and standout performer Max winning the challenge. Bland actresses Kennedy and Jasmine were the bottom 2, with Jasmine basically giving up completely and being sent home. Good riddance.
Untucked, Version 2.0
This season brings us a new Untucked experience! The always-enlightening aftershow is now featured only online, and has been stripped down to have a Behind the Music sort of vibe to it. It also reveals some interesting backstage secrets, such as where the queens go when they are eliminated. I think it is a massive improvement, but I don’t understand why it is still bleeped so much. I want an uncensored Untucked, and I’d expect the internet to have it.