6 Reasons Why Watching ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Will Dramatically Improve Your Life
Last Sunday, Anna Kendrick entered the Met Gala “purse first” and posted a picture of her doing so on Instagram. Any fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race would immediately recognize this reference as the instantly-iconic catchphrase originated by Season Eight contestant, Bob The Drag Queen. There are countless reasons why you should be watching this season of Drag Race but I’ve narrowed it down to the top six.
I remember the first time I ever met Ru at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in NYC. OK, so I didn’t really meet her, but this was my very first exposure. I was no older then 12 at the time, and I remember pointing to the gorgeous wax figure and asking my mom, “Who is that?! She’s beautiful.” And then my mom explained to me what a drag queen was. I’ve been amazed by the art form ever since.
Even if you’ve never had any previous exposure to the drag community before, I urge you to watch this show. Despite being ripped off by Lip-Sync Battle and getting totally ignored by whoever picks the Emmy nominees, it is, in my humble opinion, the most entertaining and inspiring show on television. Here are my top reasons why you should be watching this season and should probably catch up on past seasons while you’re at it.
In this current season, “The Shade Tree” was introduced, but hasn’t been used to throw too much shade to one another. Instead, the girls of this season are overwhelmingly loving and supporting towards their competitors. Sure, they are quick to call each other out on their inconsistencies, but that’s what family is for.
You see? You’d never guess they were fierce competitors.
Themes of self-acceptance
In an interview with Vulture, RuPaul puts it best,
“It is, because each of those kids were little boys, sometimes in small towns, who were alienated and ostracized. And even in the face of such adversity, they prevailed and shine today. So it’s a story of strength. That’s what the appeal is for the audience. Here are these people who have prevailed and succeeded against insurmountable odds. It’s a great story for anyone who watches.”
You should be one of those people who watches. Just saying.
Here’s an emotional, legendary “shantay you both stay” from Season Five for reference.
It’ll make you laugh
Especially when the library is open, this show is hilarious. (Don’t know what that means? Watch the damn show.) Drag in general is poking fun at gender, and laughter therefore ensues. Plus there is a “comedy queen” or two on every season, plus you’ve got Ru and the judges’ quick and witty banter, annnnd sexual innuendo galore. It’s humor heaven.
Here’s a clip of “Snatch Game.” It’s one of the most anticipated challenges where contestants play “match game” while impersonating an iconic celebrity.
I’m not into fashion or having brand labels at all, but the looks on this show are ON POINT. They’re gorgeous and weird and creative and classic and original and everything an art form should be. Some of these Queens could probably go on to compete on Project Runway and walk away the champ. (I’m looking at you Naomi Smalls.)
The fashion is fun, different, and interesting even for someone like me, who has no interest in clothing and is wearing yoga pants as I write this.
The catch phrases
They speak for themselves.
Let the music play
Every show ends the same way. It’s church-like the way Ru says, “And remember, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen in here?” To which the girls say in unison, “Amen.” And then Ru brings it home proclaiming, “Let the music play!” I want each and every one of my days to start and end this way.