Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Next Drag Superstar

I spent my teen years adoring RuPaul's videos. At such a young age, I started thinking that drag queens are fun.
When I heard that she was launching a reality show of drag queens, I was hesitant to watch it--how can you have fun with a dozen of drag queens. I thought of endless lip-singing and catfighting.
But I was wrong--being in drag is an art. It is even more varied than the colours of the rainbow and I am sure it is more difficult to master than a Picasso or a Michelangelo.

The third season of RuPaul's drag race presents US drag queens that encompass a huge spectrum of not only the gay population but ethnic and cultural backgrounds. There were Caucasians, Puerto Ricans, South East Asians, rich, poor, famous, and infamous.
All the Caucasian queens were booted off in the middle of the competition and the arena was prepared for the battle of an African American, two South East Asians and three Puerto Ricans. For half of the season, the bi-lingual multi-racial queen is the norm.
Raja (Indonesian-Dutch) presented a fashionable and edgy side of drag while Manila Luzon (Filipino-American) presented a quirky Imelda side. I was really hoping for Manila to win but Raja really deserves the crown because she is (despite her age) fresh and FIERCE!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually Drag Queens are highly offensive and a caricature of women. Much like black-face is to African Americans.

If you honestly think about it there is no difference between what these gay men (and some bi, and straight) are doing with the image of women than what whites were doing with images of blacks, Japanese, and Hispanics during earlier years.

I know it's hard to hear but if you think about it you know it's true.