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Jun 25 2017
Inside RDR's Season 9 Finale Viewing Party In NYC: Don't You Miss Congeniality? Comments (0)

*IMG_6641*_newThe final cuntdown! (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Friday night's viewing party for the Season 9 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race here in NYC was a smash-hit, with a line around the block. Considering half of the top talent in the Top 4 were New Yorkers — and fellow New Yorker Alexis Michelle was in the house and in a dress, too — where else would RDR stage the ultimate party for its most-watched season?

Better yet, it was a mostly lovey-dovey affair, a much-needed healing after that circular firing squad on the reunion episode! I guess everyone just missed congeniality so went back to it.

*IMG_6626*_newThat time when Ru couldn't pick just 3!

*IMG_6618_newLaverne Cox & Trace Lysette (Transparent) showed up to support Peppermint!

*IMG_6646*_newJust yes.

*IMG_6605*_newLaverne with Bob the Drag Queen — print that!

*IMG_6596*_newThe recliner

*IMG_6601*_newThere's a li'l piece of Valentina caught in Bianca's fangs if you squint real close.

I couldn't stay for the performances, but I did get to chat with all the girls, plus I grabbed Bob the Drag Queen, Bianca Del Rio and Peppermint's best girlfriend Laverne Cox for some great shots.

Speaking of shots, Bianca was hounding Valentina backstage, cackling in her ear, “You'll never see or hear from her again!” about her act. I heard Bianca brought up Valentina's Selena reference onstage more than once, too.

*IMG_6518*_newValentina makes looking good look easy.

*IMG_6524_newTragic. Horny. Triumphant.

But even though Valentina was ripped a new one for her aggressive fans, she was gracious with me when I asked her about that scorching reunion episode, saying she is still processing the gang-up but acknowledges some of her fans were going too far and were attacking the other queens in mean-spirited ways. She seemed totally sincere in her desire to put out positivity going forward. 

Oh, and she looked stunning. Girl definitely didn't go home this season due to her looks.

Shea Coulée was in good spirits and looked better than ever, rocking a “Nothing Really Matters” bob (sad, because during our game of FUCK, MARRY, KILL with Madonna, Cher and Gaga (see above), she chose to kill — gulp — Madonna!). Shea said the reunion had been good for closure, and she didn't seem pissed off at all anymore.

*IMG_6580*_newShea-dy lady

**Screen Shot 2017-06-25 at 1.16.53 AM_newTragic. Horny. Triumphant.

Nina Bo'Nina Brown ... didn't come out. Sigh. Why, girl??? We love you!

*IMG_6555*_newPeppermint was a doll and so was her friend.

*IMG_6556_newTragic. Horny. Triumphant.

Peppermint was in full-on Weezy Jefferson mode — looking regal even when she suffered a nip slip. (I gallantly pointed it out, so to speak, so she could avoid any photo faux-pas.) Pep was really excited and nervous; it felt to me like she would win. I even had her tape a thank-you speech just in case!

She is just such a nice person. I have to say, even though I don't think it was so awful that Valentina won Miss Congeniality, Peppermint probably deserved it even more.

*IMG_6543*_newA winning look

*(img_6548_newTragic. Horny. Triumphant.

Sasha Velour was wired, too. Her red eyeglasses were giving me Sasha Jessy Raphael, and her laugh gave away her giddiness at being so close to the crown. As we all know by now (and if we don't, too bad, I don't honor spoilers forever), Sasha wound up even closer to the crown when she won the whole damn thing later in the evening. 

RuPaul said in a statement:

The world needs drag now more than ever. Sasha Velour represents the future of drag. Her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent arouse and inspire a generation of young people to live boldly, act up and paint with all the colors of the rainbow.

Sasha herself said:

Now more than ever, drag stands as a beacon of joy and strength for queer people. It always reminds me to dream big and dress up by my own rules, to be serious and ridiculous and childish and brilliant! Take my advice: if you want to be queen, just make your own crown!

*IMG_6529_newNot a pageant queen — the pageant queen

*img_6520_newTragic (upper left). Horny (right). Triumphant (lower left).

My fave all season was Valentina, but I thought Trinity Taylor should win as a sort of overall classic drag queen with humor and talent and gender-illusion cred. That said, who could be mad with any of the Top 4 winning?

Alexis knew she wasn't going to win as one of only two non-Top 4 girls there, so she was utterly relaxed, jumping into a fun pic with Bianca and Bob and looking splended in a Kris Jenner way. (Hey, it worked for her on the show!)

*IMG_6565*_newKris Jenner meets Ann Miller

*_newTragic. Horny. Triumphant.

Keep reading for videos of each girl who didn't win this season speaking directly to her fans ...

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Jun 22 2017
6-PACK — It's Mueller Time + Trumpcare SLASHES Medicaid + Trans Woman Terrorized + How Cosby Got Off + Dragging The Right + Kilting Me Softly ! Comments (0)

DC68aelUQAIlvzG.jpg-largeMueller to the rescue! (Image via Time)

WIDGETCNN: Intel chiefs tell Mueller's investigators Trump suggested they publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russia.

WIDGETHuff Post: Senate's Trumpcare bill slashes Medicaid by more than the House version, totally defunds Planned Parenthood.

WIDGETCrime Watch Daily: Trans woman menaced by bat-wielding man in the Bronx feared for her life.

WIDGETDListed: Two Cosby jurors were immobile when it came to considering convicting him.

WIDGETOMG Blog: Ginger, Katya and Alaska give merciless drag names to Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and more.

Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 11.29.57 AM(Video still via YouTube)

WIDGETThe Kilted Coaches: Those adorable Kilted Coaches show more than ever for Pride. Watch, after the jump ...

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Jun 15 2017
Check Out EW's LGBTQ Issue — Starring RuPaul! Comments (0)

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RuPaul is the covergirl of Entertainment Weekly's June 23, 2017, LGBTQ Issue.

Of the dark period where Ru spent eight years out of character, he says:

I thought, “Could it be that this is not meant for me?” It was this horrible existence. One day, my friend Larry Tee called me and said, “Ru, what the f—k are you doing? You are a star. Get your ass back to New York and get your s—t together.” And I did… “I’m going to go back to New York and give those bitches exactly what they want from me.”

The issue also has a reunion of The L Word and talks with Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick about the show's upcoming revival.

Check it out here.

Jun 11 2017
6-PACK — #RESIST! + Katy Perry Tries To End Taylor Swift Feud + Pulse Victim's Unclaimed Body + Guy Candy + Labour On Attack! + Preet Bharara Exposes Trump's Inappropriate Calls Comments (0)

DCDjAZwU0AAb6Fl.jpg-largeL.A. crowd at the #ResistMarch listening to a speech by RuPaul (Image via World of Wonder)

RuPaul speaks:

WIDGETPBS: Thousands march in National Equality Marches across the U.S.

WIDGETExtraTV: Katy Perry apologizes to Taylor Swift — and accepts Taylor's unoffered apology!

WIDGETAdvocate: One Pulse victim's body went unclaimed by his father — because he was gay.

WIDGETInstagram: Your follows and likes greatly appreciated. In exchange, eye candy.

WIDGETThe Guardian: Jeremy Corbyn says Labour will call on other parties to defeat Theresa May's coalition government.

WIDGETHuff Post: Preet Bharara, fired by Trump, details odd, inappropriate calls from Trump — prior to sudden firing.

Jun 10 2017
Pride Month: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato — Class Is In Session! Comments (0)

636261827379396103-1837549981_635879698894970088-290439679_o-RUPAULS-DRAG-RACE-facebookBailey & Barbato's oeuvre is not all about RuPaul's Drag Race ... but this interview is! (Image via VH1)

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato founded their now world-famous World of Wonder production company in 1991, taking on a slew of documentaries, FentonBaileyRandy_Feb2004reality TV and scripted films.

The onetime couple — they have described their journey as de-merging from romantic, never wavering creatively — and longtime best friends are responsible for some 1,600 TV episodes and series you know and love or know and hate or hate to love or love to hate or know you love: Tori & Dean: Inn Love (2007-2012), the Million Dollar Listing franchise (2006-) and so many more.

The films of Bailey and Barbato represent a peculiarly queer perspective, one so badly needed in an arena where people are coming up with ideas like remaking shitty Brendan Fraser mummy movies starring shitty Tom Cruise. If you've never seen their The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000) about the late televangelist-turned-LGBTQ alley Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, do; and their Party Monster (2003), about the murderer Michael Alig, is an early '00s must.

Image-w856How I love ya, my dear, old Tammy ...

On Sunday, June 11, Bailey and Barbato's Menendez: Blood Brothers, a smart, stylish look back at the notorious Menendez Brothers slayings, airs on Lifetime (my review here).

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 6.41.35 PMMyko Olivier as Erik Menendez in Bailey and Barbato's Menendez: Blood Brothers (Image via Lifetime)

I spoke to these queer cinema icons about their most famous baby: RuPaul's Drag Race (2009-) ...

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The Latest UNTUCKED: Who Moves Forward To The Finale? Comments (0)

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Last night's RuPaul's Drag Race was a shocker.

Check out the glam postmortem known as Untucked after the jump ...

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Jun 08 2017
The Family That Slays Together: A Review of MENENDEZ: BLOOD BROTHERS & A Discussion With Directors Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 6.39.42 PMMyko Olivier (L) & Nico Tortorella (R) as Erik & Lyle Menendez (All images via Lifetime)

“This is a case Randy and I were gripped by when it happened,” acclaimed filmmaker Fenton Bailey told me of his work with Randy Barbato co-directing a new scripted film about the Menendez Brothers' murders. “Now, 25 years later, it felt like, 'You can take a new look at the story.' We're always drawn to stories where people are overexposed but, we feel, underrevealed.”

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 6.41.55 PMThe Menendezes as envisioned by Bailey & Barbato

From its creepy opening, showing idyllic images of Beverly Hills while the late Kitty Menendez (Courtney Love) types up her son Erik's (Myko Olivier) gory manuscript — ahead of a nightmarish sequence depicting the shotgun killings of Kitty and her husband Jose (Benito Martinez) by their sons — Menendez: Blood Brothers (Lifetime, June 11) is a gripping, suspenseful, stylish take on one of the most shocking crimes of the late 20th Century.

It is also, as promised, revelatory.

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Jun 07 2017
See You Next September!: RuPaul's Drag Con NYC 2017 Is Coming Comments (0)

RuPaul(Image via World of Wonder)

The inaugural NYC edition of RuPaul's Drag Con will happen Sepember 9 and 10 at the Javits Center. Wouldn't miss this one!


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