To whom it may concern-
I’ve been trying to understand why Katya’s elimination has effected me so much. I’m not upset, that isn’t the right word, because I was more or less expecting the undeniable fan favorite to go home in a bitter, heart-wrenching elimination. I am not upset, I’m just frustrated.
Hear me out- I’ve been watching this game show since it originally aired in 2008, right before my 15th birthday. I’ve grown up quite literally with this show, and though by no means have I agreed with every decision in the past 7 years, I’ve stuck by and loved every single episode. I can literally quote almost all of season 6. However, this latest season just seems like one huge mistake. Discussing drag race has become a chore rather than the highlight of my day. I no longer eagerly talk about the queens or do reports for my communication classes on the show.
This season, I felt at least, was doomed before it began. First, with the delay that I can only assume was due to Michelle Visage’s CBB stand. I’m not mad about that in the slightest, but a premier date should have been set and stuck to by January at the latest. Furthermore, the decision to only air Untucked online (which I know is a subject beaten to death) was probably the worst of the pre-season failures. I know Logo or WOWpresents must be financially benefitting from the YouTube content, however, I have found that more often than not, I forget to watch it. Even if I somehow remember, Untucked is simply boring. I remember complaining about the scripted nature of Untucked last season, but now I think that a bit of material would be good. I don’t care to watch Trixie and Violet talk about the weather or whatever, and I really don’t care to see Kennedy sleeping for 20 minutes.
The actual season has been nearly unwatchable to say the least. I kept tuning in, hoping that it would get better, or simply to hear Katya’s hysterical commentary. However, neither of those things are present anymore.
Trixie’s first elimination was absolute BS to say the least, however she came back, so I won’t comment on that. What I will comment on is the subsequent elimination of Kasha. I know a lot of people have labelled her a “filler queen,” but guys- she was good. She was funny. If she and Kandy Ho were performing at a club, Kasha would have gotten my $20 tip, and Kandy would have gotten the $5 bill I found in the back of my wallet. Skipping ahead here to Trixie’s second elimination. As a disclaimer, I in no way dislike Ginger, in fact I think she’s amazing, however in both of her lip-syncs, she rolled around stage as her competitor out-danced her. Trixie did so well in that lip-sync, but I wasn’t even offended then.
What I’ve taken an issue with this entire season came to an ugly, puss-filled zit head last episode- the second I start to feel even slightly pleased with the show, it is abruptly taken away dramatically.
For example, Kennedy did A MAN on snatch game. I don’t care how funny you are, Snatch Game implies that you do a woman. I was almost appalled into not watching the rest of the season then after Kennedy somehow won the challenge that she failed at completely in my eyes. You can argue that “drag doesn’t necessarily mean performing as a woman,” but that’s what I’ve come to expect on RPDR. I do NOT want the s8 queens to start performing as men. As Katya so graciously reminded us, “Snatch Game. Snatch. Vagina.”
On to Katya. I’m 100% sure that the people at Logo/RPDR knew what they were doing- a la Ben Delacreme, the fan favorite went home against a queen no one seemed to be behind. I get it. It makes people feel. It compels people to complain and get more press, so to Logo- you’re welcome for this letter. I understand what you’re going for here. However, this is not season 6, and you forgot that I and many others, just don’t care anymore in the way people still cared about Bianca or Courtney or Adore. I’m well aware and have accepted that Ginger is going to win. I am not mad in the slightest. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting Katya to win, as she seems almost better suited as Miss Congeniality. My issue is that I have the gut feeling that Kennedy is going to make top 3, which only leaves room for Violet OR Pearl. I like them both immensely, but neither will win. Pearl hasn’t done fantastically in the competition, and Violet is simply to young to carry the title (she already technically has a crown anyway).
At least with Katya in the top 4, I would have had a reason to tune in. Now, I have to watch yet another one of my favorites go home next week, and I’ve given up on caring about the top 3 or winner.
For the first time in 7 years, I’m going to miss an episode. I’m going to miss the reunion/finale except maybe to watch Katya with he Miss Congeniality sash. I can admit that it’s partially because I’m bitter that this season has been awful and unpredictably predictable (that is, the person who you think is going to well doesn’t and is sent home).
More than bitterness, I just don’t care anymore. I’ve cared about Katya all season because she’s funny, has a heart of gold, and because she’s been heavily featured this season in all her trials and triumphs. Now that she’s gone, I have no one left to root for.
Katya’s elimination was the final straw of a terrible season. Please get this show back together for season 8.
A concerned fan