The latest season of Rupaul’s Drag Race premiered last week, featuring a twist where every single queen had to lip-sync for their life. That shit got… repetitive. Especially with the knife slicing and pig squeal sound effect. But thanks to the show diversifying their audience (simulcasting on a bunch of different networks like the CW and MTV), the thirteenth premiere was the most-watched episode in Drag Race history.
On Tuesday night, RuPaul went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to plug the show, and addressed trans inclusion on the show. In the past, Ru has had to apologize for saying he wouldn’t let trans women who’d had gender-affirming surgery compete. He once tweeted that it would be like letting athletes on performance-enhancing drugs compete in the Olympics. Woof. Now, there have been trans contestants on the show (including Peppermint, Sonique, Monica Beverly Hillz, and the brainless Gia Gunn), but none of these queens had originally gone on Drag Race having had gender affirming surgery (as far as I know).
Trans activists and former contestants like Aquaria had a lot to say about this fuckery. And I guess they finally got through to Ru (or he realized it wasn’t a good look to be on the wrong side of history), because this season features Gottmik, the show’s first trans contestant (Gottmik is a trans man).
2021 will probably be just as shit as 2020, but let’s delude ourselves for one hot second, shall we? On New Year’s Day, a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race will premiere! Which means we’re in for a fabulous 2021! New year, new you, new queens! Today, Vh1 released the first look, which is all about spreading positivity, truth, and
oil and gas drilling, err, LOVE across the world, courtesy of RuPaul and the thirteen Season 13 contestants.
What more is there to say about the woman who is arguably our greatest living American that hasn’t already been said? Dolly Parton‘s talented— duh. Hard-working— without a doubt. Stunning to behold— you bet your sweet ass. Generous and kind to everyone she meets— of course, but if your face is busted, she’s gonna let you know. And that’s just what she did, in the Dollyiest possible way, to RuPaul while he was interviewing her over Zoom for Marie Claire. Don’t fuck with Dolly, she hasn’t given away 150 million books to children without knowing her way around the mother-fucking library, okurrr. And Dolly’s library opens at 3:00 AM every damn day and stays open LATE.
Tonight is the big, 85-hour-long Emmys main event, but because there are approximately 9,876,988 Emmys to give out, the Creative Arts Emmys have been happening all week long. Nicole Byer hosted the five-night event, and she was up for the Emmy for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program, making her the first Black woman to be nominated for that award. But RuPaul won that Emmy, as Nicole stood by thinking, “They got me to host this shit and didn’t even give me the Emmy?!” No, apparently, Nicole knew she was no match for Ru!
Aquaria Called Todrick Hall Out For Misogyny After He Disagreed With Her Opinion That “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Should Be More Gender-Inclusive
RuPaul’s Drag Race guest judge/choreographer/sycophant to the stars, Todrick Hall, got into it with Season 10 winner Aquaria over the inclusion of non-cis-gendered men on Drag Race.
Let’s begin by turning back our time clocks to 2018 (woohoo, I can hug my family!), when still-closeted fracker RuPaul said he probably wouldn’t let trans women who’d gone through gender-affirming surgery compete on his show. He tweeted that it would be like allowing athletes on performance-enhancing drugs to compete in the Olympics. So, by his logic, trans contestant Peppermint was allowed to compete, but only because she hadn’t gotten breast implants yet. Ru later apologized for his comments, but since then, the only trans queen to appear on Drag Race has been half-brained coronavirus truther Gia Gunn on the fourth season of All-Stars. But please note, years earlier, when Gia initially competed on season 6, she was not yet openly trans. So, yeah, in summary, the transgender community doesn’t have much love for Drag Race.
For more than a month now, if you have wanted to get your RuPaul fix, you’ve basically been stuck with his 0.6 second pre-taped video messages on Canada’s Drag Race, or throwing up the music video for “Peanut Butter” on YouTube. Because Ru has been notably absent from social media. Ru stayed quiet on social media about the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality protests. No one really knew why Ru disappeared from social media and wiped everything clean. But sources have been talking to Page Six, and those sources say it’s because Ru didn’t want to say the wrong thing and get read to filth for it.