lately we’ve been able to predict the winner of rupaul’s drag race, the dark-horse, etc… i dare to say that since bianca del rio there’s a clear winner, the dark-horse and the supposed competition for the winner. but that is part of life, i get it. whatever what bothers me is that sometimes the judges panel seem to have a very narrow-minded concept of what’s drag and whenever someone defies that, that person doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves. in recent seasons we saw that happening to max(michelle’s being so annoyed with the grey wig made no sense, we don’t see her challenging queens that fit her concept of drag but that very rarely serve wildly different looks, concept i.e. roxxxy andrews who’s a fantastic drag queen and we can say fits the stereotypical mold), milk and we can say that this happened to thorgy thor in some level and now with sasha velour.
it’s quite obvious rupaul’s favorite this season is shea. shea is a fierce queen and she has been slaying the competition except sasha, maybe. sasha since the first episode has been deemed too smart and now too chic to drag. what’s ridiculous and in this week’s episode joan smalls even said she doesn’t want to see in a drag show what she sees in a runway in paris. it’s okay that drag queens have been serving as inspiration for several different designers but the moment drag queens start to actually do fashion is a problem? it bothers me that the panel on a drag queen show reinforces that drag cannot be too smart or too chic. drag has to be always over the top and only serve as concept for fashion bot not exactly do fashion? maybe i’m reading too much into it, but what joan said and also rupaul bothered me because it reflects bad on the artistry rupaul do it so well. i’m not saying sasha deserved to win this week (well i am, but that’s not the point)
i’m just reflecting on what’s been said to/about sasha this season. labelig her as too fashion/chic(polished??) and too smart. putting drag in a box of only not too smart satire and over the top. as if there’s no where to go from that. but queens like sasha and milk are actually the ones actively thinking about the gender norms, about the artistic ways of drag (i want to highlight the usage of actively because by doing drag i believe they all are, in a way, thinking those things but you can see with queens like milk and sasha those issues are actually deeply thought and rooted in their drag) anyway, this happened season after season and it’s just sad to see how reluntanct people always are to something that is a bit different from what they think or agree on.