Just like many on this site I am a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I enjoy the drama, the memes, the catchprases etc.
we all have to keep in mind that the show is heavily edited! The
producers have a clear storyline for each season. In fact, the
confessionals and even many workroom conversations are prompted by the
producers of the show. Does it mean that the show is all fake and
shouldn’t be enjoyed? Of course not, but it is important to recognise it
for what it is: a fun entertaining show about drag queens. What we see
is not the definitive truth. Oftentimes phrases and actions are taken
out of context. We get people, who by themselves are rarely either 100%
good or 100% bad but rather complex, condensed into easily digestive
Again: We all have to keep in mind that what we
get to see at the end of the day is not actually 100% real and we
cannot know what exactly happened. We cannot get to know a person
watching their heavily edited behaviour on TV for 45 minutes. What we
get to know is merely a character at least co-constructed by the
No sane person would send hate to an actor for
portraying a villain. Same should apply to every RPDR-fan’s treatment of
drag queens. Imagine how you’d come off to complete strangers if
somebody followed you around with a camera all week and then edited the
footage to only showcase your worst moments.
You don’t have to love and be a fan of every single contestant on the show. Just don’t send them hate. Or as the lovely and talented Jaymes Mansfield put it - be kind.