LET’S GET SICKENING, QUEEEEEEEEEENS!!!!!
Also: Boy, do we feel dumb. But first:
Pulling directly from the underground ballroom community, voguing teams (aka “houses”) must compete in unbelievable balls and showcase sickening fashion in order to achieve “legendary” status. The cast includes MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion. From Scout Productions, Emmy Award ® winners David Collins (Queer Eye), Rob Eric (Queer Eye) and Michael Williams (Queer Eye) serve as executive producers. Jane Mun (People’s Choice Awards, MTV Music Awards, America’s Best Dance Crew) and Josh Greenberg (Lip Sync Battle, Sunday Best, America’s Best Dance Crew) serve as executive producers and showrunners.
First: We feel dumb because we gave a talk and reading this weekend for the Gaithersburg Book Festival and when someone asked us about the modern ball scene, we completely forgot to tell them to check out this upcoming series – which looks FANTASTIC, by the way. Much better than we might have assumed.
The show immediately ran into controversy when it was announced, as many folks felt that Jameela Jamil had no business judging a ball competition. We felt bad for her because (checks nails) she actually sent us a message several months before, hinting excitedly about her next show, about which she would reveal nothing to us. We have to reiterate: we’re not friends with her and we don’t actually know Jameela. She’s just one of those celebs who finds the kind of celebrity commentary we do to be … we don’t know, funny or entertaining, we guess. She’s always had a good sense of humor about our red carpet bitchery, for instance. Anyway, things blew up a bit, but when the announcement of the other judges and participants came out, it all calmed down a bit as people realized it wasn’t the Jameela Jamil Hour.
With that bit of context aside, this really does look absolutely amazing. We were asked during our book Q&A if Drag Race had any effect on the ball community and we were pretty adamant that it didn’t. The ball community exists separate from drag traditions and far from the worlds of Paris is Burning or Pose. It will be a good thing for this vibrant, brilliant form of expression to get people to see how far it’s come from its earliest days.
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