RuPaul’s Drag Race: “The Last Ball on Earth”

Posted on April 13, 2018

Darlings, scheduling issues means we’re not getting to a podcast for this week, so feel free to use this post to vent about last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race episode. We would be remiss in our duties if we didn’t send you off with some discussion points and visual aids, so here you go:

THE MINI-CHALLENGE: Fun, impromptu and a little sleazy at the same time. Love a mini that really puts these queens on the spot.

THE CHALLENGE: Kind of weirdly complicated and vague at the same time.

NICE TO SEE: Ru in the workroom, interviewing the queens, which isn’t done nearly as much as the show needs, because it relies too much on the queens arguing and reading each other.

THE RUNWAY: A lot of mediocrity, we’re afraid, but we have to admit that Aquaria really does stand above everyone else in the Serving Lewks department. Since it was purely a look-based challenge, her win made sense. Blair is stronger than we gave her credit for. So is Kameron. And the Aquaria/Cracker thing is going to be milked all the way to the end.

THE LIP SYNCH: Epic, but Monet really pulled something out of her and served it on a silver platter. She’s too half-assed and unpolished in her looks, and her continued love of that awful sponge gown went from funny joke to vaguely delusional. Step it up, queen. Dusty Ray, we hardly knew ya, but your makeup always made you look like a man, girl.

UNTUCKED: Eureka came for Vixen and then when she got her ass shredded, stomped off and claimed she did it on purpose. We see you, girl. Vixen’s a lot to take, but she’s doing the show a service by shining a light on the “black queens are angry” trope, which is, of course, merely an outcropping of the much larger “black people are threatening” point of view, both of which permeate the RPDR fandom.

 

Visual aids:

 

 

Now talk amongst yourselves.

 

[Photo Credit: VH1 via Tom and Lorenzo]

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