RuPaul’s Drag Race: Six Brides for Six Queens

Posted on April 22, 2014

Sometimes, with the mini-challenges, Ru drops any pretense that this has anything to do with skill (or even drag) and just goes for a “Let’s make these queens look ridiculous because it’s funny” challenge.

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Like so.

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It’s not as if the results are illuminating somehow. It’s all rather random and a chance to make Ru, and by extension, the audience, laugh. If there was any real skill involved it came down to how each queen sold their piece.

 

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Also, some of their getups were hilarious.

But enough silliness! It’s time to get on to the really serious topics of Marriage and also What Straight Guys Think Of Us.

 

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Love the dress, but the eyebrow needs a little definition, Miss Ru.

 

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Hate us if you must for saying it (and plenty of you drama queens will, we predict), but we found them both kind of lunkish and unfunny.

 

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It’s funny. We’re not sure we would have predicted a win for Bianca on this challenge, but she was one of the few who really took the whole “Mother and daughter” thing and ran all the way with it. She looks like a mother of a bride. And more importantly for this challenge…

 

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She looks like the mother of this bride. We don’t love Bianca’s face, but there are times when having that clownish style really works to her benefit, like when she has to replicate it on someone else. And this was one of the challenges where her costume skills really played a part because unlike a lot of the other entries, her bride actually looks pretty in her dress.

 

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We though this bitch was headed straight for the lip synch. We actually got annoyed with her for this look.

 

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She did a pretty good job on the face, although her bride did come out looking much older than Courtney herself.  The dress is horrible, though. And the real sin is that Courtney, because she’s way too invested in her prettiness, made herself the gorgeous, sexy one in the see-through dress. She should have, when she realized she had a bride with a mug that was never going to look younger than her, gone for a real stereotypical cougar look and played it over the top. Instead, she falls back on yet another “I’m so pretty” look.

 

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All the credit in the world to Darienne for figuring this one out. That’s one hell of a transformation. We think where this goes wrong is in Darienne’s look. They should have played up the moody goth daughter thing and have Darienne come out in a “high hair for Jesus” bible-thumping mama instead of coming out in a somewhat confusing “goth mama” look. It would have been funnier to play up the differences.

 

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Oh, honey. This was a TRAGEDY. There were two sins here. The first is that Adore had no idea what to do with a mother of the bride look, so she failed spectacularly on that front. Second… and we’re just gonna have to come out and say it… Adore, honey?

 

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You made an ugly daughter.

But there was no reason for it! None of these guys had features that make drag easy to apply to them, but this guy was cute and game. She could have figured out a better face and hair than that. As it is, she made herself look cute and her daughter look ugly. That’s a good enough reason for being in the bottom, as far as we’re concerned.

She really needs to stop curling up into a ball every time she’s challenged. There’s a reason there’s an N in Ru’s C.U.N.T. Principle.

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Considering what she had to work with, Ben did really well. She didn’t come out looking much like Ben’s daughter, but she did a really good job of replicating her face on his. We don’t know why she went with the blonde wig. A brunette would have sold the illusion more.

The dress isn’t bad either. Ironically, since her drag skews older, she makes a rather youthful mother of the bride in that showy outfit.

 

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This was a huge crash and burn for Joslyn. And in retrospect, it’s no surprise. It’s a challenge that requires world class makeup skills (which she does not possess) and the ability to put together an outfit that doesn’t consist of chains and bikinis. She just doesn’t have the skill or point of view to create a believable bride and mother set of characters. They both looked horrible.

As for the bride’s little puke-fest, we honestly don’t know what to make of it, since the show is so over-produced and manipulated. We never buy the whole “discomfort” storyline when they bring straight guys in for makeovers. If they’re on the set of RuPaul’s Drag Race and they’ve already consented to the makeover and signed the release forms, we find it almost impossible to believe that they’d suddenly feel their masculinity threatened. If you’re there, you’re automatically not the kind of straight guy with hangups about that sort of thing. We realize reality shows need their storylines, but something about the “anxious straight guy” one really bugs. It seems to feed into too many stereotypes and we wind up with a whole lot of focus on what straight guys think of gay people and/or drag queens; scenes of guys who are CLEARLY comfortable with themselves, sitting around in gowns being forced by producers to talk about how they’re okay with all of this. Well, duh! You’ve got a gown and 30 pounds of makeup on in front of a camera crew! You’ve passed the test, Galadriel! We’d rather the show stick to its more dominant theme, which is learning to love yourself, no matter what other people think of you.

 

 

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Then again,this was so bizarrely cute that we can’t hate. For all the focus on worry about what straight people think, you can’t beat this for subversive TV.
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So it comes down to Adore and Joslyn for the lip synch, as it should be. And no one in the room or watching at home had any doubts as to the outcome.

 

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Joslyn gave it her all, but Adore actually kicked ass. And besides, Mama Ru needs her Adore in the story. Joslyn was spinning her wheels at this point.

 

 

 

 

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