Kittens, as RuPaul’s Drag Race launches its 12th season, and in the wake of the news that the fifth season of Drag Race All-Stars will be broadcast on Showtime, we decided to tackle the one question that every interviewer has asked us as we ramp up the promotion on our book: Why exactly did RuPaul’s Drag Race get so big and is it starting to become a bad thing for the world of drag? Okay, yes. That’s two questions. But they always seem to be asked in tandem and while our book is less concerned with answering the question of whether or not Drag Race is good for drag, we do spend a good deal of time explaining why it turned into the Emmy-winning worldwide cultural phenomenon it is today. Some of it comes down to Ru, some of it comes down to the politics of the day, and a good deal of it came down to the massive cultural shift that occurred in the last decade surrounding questions of gender expression and identity.
And after we drain that heady topic dry, it’s off to the runway once again:
Victoria/Helen Maroulis (Freestyle Wrestling)
Sergio/Foluke Akinradewo (Voleyball)
Marquise/Scout Bassett (Track & Field)
Brittany/Kim Rhode (Shooting)
Geoffrey/Naya Tapper (Rugby)
Nancy/Tatyana McFadden (Track & Marathon)
Where opinions are formed and then vehemently stated, as per the uzh with us.
A reality show round-robin of topics, darlings! And thank you once again for taking the time to listen. LUVYAMEANIT.
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