One of the sponsors of RuPaul’s Drag Race is Absolut Vodka. The winner and other finalists are obligated to promote Absolut. To my knowledge, there isn’t a stipulation in the Drag Race application that potential contestants must drink alcohol. Will Drag Race ever allow a contestant who is either a recovering alcoholic or a teetotaler to vie for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar? Or is it more advantageous to find America’s Next DRUNK Superstar?
What do you think about alcohol in society? Both the normal casual consumption to abuse? How would it be different?
I’m not sure what you mean exactly by “how would it be different,” but I can give responses to the other questions.
Alcohol is okay - I have no problem with it. Of course, a lot of people abuse it and a lot of people make bad decisions when they’re drunk. I’ve seen how horrible alcoholism is first hand, as it’s affected my family. I’m a teetotaler for large reason because of my experience, though I used to drink - often to excess - when I was younger.
Well, okay. I have an occasional (and by occasional, I mean “once every six months or so” occasional) drink, but I’ve rather abandoned the whole social drinking thing. I could give you 1001 stories… shades of Scheherazade… but the simple truth is that I lost the taste for alcohol somewhere between my first stint in Cuba and my time in Bahrain.
I’m not saying that discarding alcohol happened overnight. Rather, my drinking tapered off over time. While I was working in Kabul, I was clearly not drinking at all. When I’d take a vacation from the grind, though, I usually did a little bit of social drinking… mostly with girlfriend down on Grand Cayman, and mostly a couple of drinks at the always excellent Karoo.
And hey, I gave social drinking a try when I first started my 1L year at law school. But honestly, my heart liver wasn’t into it. So, I just sort of stopped drinking altogether. Girlfriend and I made it official-ish during one late night conversation, in which we both expressed our ambivalence toward drinking in general.
So yeah, that’s pretty much it. I might… very rarely… pick up a glass for a special occasion, but for all intents and purposes, one ought to consider me a non-drinker. I’m not what one might call “straight edge” though… more like…
….I had something for this. Ah well. Later, alligators.
Four of the biggest grime tracks dropped in 2015. Not a connoisseur’s guide, but a good starting point for the uninitiated.
Novelist x Mumdance - 1 Sec
Honestly, I’m surprised at how little Novelist has blown up this year. Dwarfed by the other breakout act of 2015, Stormzy, he has slipped under a lot of people’s radars. 1 Sec is some of the freshest sounding music to drop this year and that is in no small part due to Mumdance’s instrumental.
Skepta - Shutdown
Skepta is the leading light of the grime scene right now. After 2014′s huge “That’s Not Me”, it seemed impossible for Skepta to find even more success but he’s proving skeptics wrong.
JME ft. Giggs - Man Don’t Care
Don’t be judgemental about people: vegan teetotaler JME has a degree in 3D digital design.
Stormzy - Shut Up
My pick of these four tracks, Shut Up is a cypher recorded in a park. Who needs a studio version? Everything about this is perfect.It is a great take on the “backed by the squad” genre of music videos and Stormzy’s charisma shines through as he deftly rips through bars about where he’s at in 2015.