Why RuPaul’s Drag Race is a show we all need to learn from
Life has been pretty dumb lately, hasn’t it, with the pandemic turning our lives upside down and soaps continuing to serve up the saddest and most depressing stories – so praise yourself as Series 3 of Drag Race is coming.
Because what we all need right now is an escape to the colors of the rainbow and the glitter of the real world.
And well done, this week not only are we whisked to the Starry Ballroom with Strictly’s first live show, a super glam gang of drag queens is enchanting us.
Yes, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Series 3 has finally arrived on BBC3.
Now if these words are like otherworldly language to you, where the hell have you been?
The show is a worldwide sensation (watch the American series on Netflix and the international spinoff on WOW Plus) and is one of the most watched TV shows on BBC3.
But for the unfortunate ones who have not yet experienced this magical joy, let us break it down for you. Because, folks, watching this program will definitely improve your life. Made!
First of all, let’s start from the beginning.
RuPaul is the legendary drag superstar who first entered our lives in 1991 with his anthem song Supermodel Of The World (You Better Work).
Charming all walks of life
She duet with Elton John on a disco cover of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and even had a regular interview on This Morning.
Then, in 2009, she came up with a sassy elimination game called Drag Race which saw a group of glam queens take on weekly challenges to become the next drag superstar!
(If you’re still struggling with this wild concept, imagine The Apprentice with Alan Sugar wearing a three-foot-tall magenta wig and scarlet sequin dress.)
Although the multi-colored campfest featured an exclusively LGBT + cast, the show was an instant hit in the United States, not only among the community it celebrated, but with viewers from all walks of life.
Its impact on viewers – especially young teens and women – has not gone unnoticed by mainstream media, resulting in the show winning awards left, right and center.
Just this week, RuPaul did story becoming the most awarded black artist in Emmy history after winning a statuette for the Outstanding Competition Program for the 11e time.
As news of the glorious show spread across the world like a scent pandemic, rumors swirled that a British version would soon follow.
And in 2019, after many years of whispering, the very first Drag Race UK series burst onto our screens and became a worldwide sensation thanks to its perfectly molded collection of coppery northern queens, art drags and ‘essay and novices fresh out of school.
The generation of drag racing queens has nothing to do with the Danny La Rues or Dame Ednas we used to see on TV at the time.
These days young queens see their drag as an art form, a way to express themselves and give them an extra layer of confidence to fight the world.
Can we get an ‘Amen’ here ???
The makeup is above all extraordinary, detailed, artistic and beautiful, and the wigs and dresses extravagant.
Deliciously vulgar humor
Even the less polished queens like the iconic Baga Chipz from season one (watch her on Youtube) made up for their lack of artistry with their vulgar sense of humor.
While many are from the traditional club / cabaret circuit, others have drawn attention to Instagram where they dazzle their thousands of followers with their transformative skills.
But while the sparkles, sequins and rhinestone eyelashes draw viewers a lot, what really touched them were the adorable queens and the heartfelt stories they share.
Breaking down borders
Moments of pure warmth are punctuated throughout the insane challenges as the young queens open up about their struggles with sexuality, bullying, rejection, depression and more.
And it’s those open and brutally honest moments that resonate the most with viewers, young and old.
For the first time, LGBTQ + issues are brought to the general public, breaking important boundaries in the process.
Inspiration for kids getting ready to go out
Queens’ journeys inspire kids who are afraid to go out, while parents who find the variety and intricacies of sexuality confusing get a glimpse of what it all means and what it looks like in real life.
During the second season, viewers were enthralled and enlightened by a revealing conversation between Bimini queens Bom Boulash and Ginny Lemon about how they identify as non-binary and how those around them have handled it.
This moving and poignant moment fleshed out a term that many cis gender viewers (a person who identifies with the sex assigned by a doctor at birth) had heard of but didn’t quite understand.
Hearing these two eloquent young people express their experience was a perfect illustration of how wonderfully different people there are in our society.
Black over acid cover
With parts called The Snatch Game (think Blankety Blank on Acid) and an episode ending of Lip Synch For Your Life (where two queens compete to stay in the series), RuPaul’s Drag Race is indeed a show of wonderful and enjoyable entertainment. it’s gonna put the whole family into hysteria and buzz with joy.
But we cannot underestimate the important role it plays in unifying our ever-dividing society as it simply underscores the fact that whoever we are, who we love, whatever we do, we all owe love us and accept everyone around us.
After all, as Ru tells us in every episode, “If you can’t love yourself, how are you going to love someone else?” Can we get an ‘Amen’ here ???
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