261 posts categorized "DRAG"
(All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund, unless otherwise noted)
I've watched every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, I've done drag as Samantha Fox and I just co-wrote a book with none other than Alaska, so count me in when another RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons event hits NYC.
This past week's extravaganza was a blast! I was able to do the VIP meet-and-greet hour, where I shot all the girls—Manila Luzon, Miss Fame, Sharon Needles, Katya, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Adore Delano, Ginger Minj and Alaska herself—and then even managed to work my way backstage for some quality time with the low-lifes in high heels.
Backstage was a hoot. Or a hooter.
Sharon was friendly as could be, and embracing a far less Goth look, one of which Eve Arden would approve.
How adorable! I attended Wednesday night's RuPaul's Drag Race Battle of the Seasons in NYC (many pictures and a full report coming) and the one piece of the show I filmed (seems more than fine since this was a one-time, non-content kinda thang) was Phi Phi O'Hara aka Jaremi Cary proposing!
Video after the jump ...
Alaska is serving “Anus,” and don't you dare send it back to the kitchen!
Keep reading for the video, and buy the book I wrote with her here ...
Drag queen Ambrosia Starling is proving to be an effective and consistent voice against the anti-gay marriage forces of her home state, Alabama.
Chief Justice Roy Moore, asked to ID his greatest foe, named Starling; he's now booted from the bench for the time being, which she's still standing.
“This is the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’,” Starling said. “But right now there are people who are free, and others who are brave. I believe we can all be free.”
Starling prefers “she” and speaks with the soft, rounded vowels of someone raised in the wiregrass of south-east Alabama. Her harshest words come when talking about Moore’s professed Christianity. He was removed from the bench once before, in 2003, for refusing the US supreme court’s order to remove the Ten Commandments from his courtroom.
“He shoves hate and fear into God’s mouth,” Starling said. “He puts the devil’s words on God’s tongue. Very rarely am I met with rudeness or unkindness when I go buy panty hose and I’ve got a beard going, or I go in the Christian donation store to pick out a dress. These people are not as hateful and spiteful as the politicians are pushing them to be.”
(Images in the gallery above by Matthew Rettenmund)
Last night, Bob the Drag Queen was crowned the America's next drag superstar at the end of the the Season 8 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race, walking away—in heels—with the $100,000 prize.
At a festive press reception at Stage 48, immediately prior to a viewing party and late-night performance by several of the season's most popular queens, I was able to interview Bob, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Thorgy Thor, Derrick Barry and Chi Chi DeVayne ... not to mention special guests Dina Lohan and Tiffany “New York” Pollard.
The girls were all perfectly polished in their replies, and unfailingly polite and funny. I'm not sure Season 8 was the most mind-blowing season, but it definitely had the most uniformly nice and diligent girls.
I missed part of the carpet, but I didn't miss Naomi Smalls walking in nearly naked. Hey, play to your strengths, right?
It was also highly entertaining watching a relaxed Bob (he hadda know he had the win in the evening bag) flirting with Logo's cute host, who helpfully shucked his shirt at the first suggestion.
Before the round-robin-style interviews, I caught New York freaking out at the sight of buddy Dina. The two hugged and laughed and mugged for the cameras. It was the surreal deal.
The first person I chatted with was Ms. Smalls, looking vixenish. She asked if she could stand because she'd otherwise “come untucked.” Far be it from me to stand in the way of a boy trying to be a girl. Looked great.
Interestingly, Chi Chi DeVayne had a very Naomi Smalls look about her. She was beaming, seemingly happy to have done as well as she did on the show.
Derrick was sandwiched by a hot boyfriend and a hot friend and gave her usual sassy answers, including saying that her amazing outfit was custom-made for her (not by her). “That's winning!”
Kim Chi is one of the most likable in her interviews on the show, but one of the hardest to interview—she likes to turn questions around or give Warholian non-answers. It's just her sense of humor, but it makes things interesting.
Thorgy was hilarious! A fan jumped ahead of me “just to get a picture,” and then proceeded to do a video and chat with her as I (and other outlets) stood cooling my heels. I finally leaned over to a young publicist and said, “Get rid of this guy.” I didn't mean to be so direct! But he did as I suggested and Thorgy thanked him, and then apologized profusely, as if she'd been rude to me. I loved her look—neon, clown-tastic and yet glamorous, too. I complimented her on her tremendous weight loss—remember her fat suit from just three months ago???
Finally, Bob asked for some gum as I fired up my video camera. “Oh, great, you're gonna chew gum throughout my interview?” I teased. “Yeah, you wanna fight about it?” she teased back. She had some spicy answers; I was ashamed that my questions didn't live up to the ones asked just before me, which, as I overheard, led to a discussion of why black Americans deserve reparations.
I love RuPaul and never miss an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, but I'm not sure I 100% agree with him regarding his assessment of his juggernaut.
Talking to ABC News, he says:
I don't think the show could ever go mainstream because drag is the antithesis of the matrix. You know, the matrix says, “Pick an identity and stick with it. Because I want to sell you some beer and shampoo and I need you to stick with what you are so I'll know how to market it to you.” Drag is the opposite. Drag says, “Identity is a joke.”
I think his show is very successful, but isn't really underground. The fans are mainstream-skewing gay guys and mainstream females. It also sells products to people with pretty set identities. Not that that's a criticism; I just think maybe drag of yore is what RuPaul has in mind, while Adore Delano is really pretty mall-friendly. Even Bob the Drag Queen would be right at home on The Late Late Show.
But regardless, what gay man can't relate to the Ru who says this:
I'm ambitious. I've always been an ambitious person and I love creating things. I love taking something apart, figuring out how it works and getting in there and making it my own. So I love writing and making music and performing. And I love a challenge.
Let's put on a show!
More Ru here.