Review of RuPaul's Drag Race

Thursdays, 8:00 PM ET on VH1

60 minutes

Offering a new twist on reality shows, Drag Race aims to launch the careers of new drag queens. Hosted by RuPaul, nine drag queens compete in challenges such as photo shoots and runway shows to see who has what it takes to make it big.
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Feb 20, 2017 11:42PM EST
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Do you enjoy reality television shows like America’s Next Top Model or Project Runway? If you do, then Rupaul’s Drag Race is the show for you! The world famous drag queen Rupaul Charles started this show in 2009. When the show first aired there were only nine queens to compete against each other for a cash prize of $20,000, a lifetime supply of MAC cosmetics, featured in LA eyeworks’ campaign, and to headline LOGO TV’s drag race tour (The prizes vary every season and the cash prize has since increased to $100,000). The basis of the show is drag queens, men dressed as women, compete against each other they are given many different challenges that include, sewing outfits that match the themes they are given, photoshoots, acting challenges, singing and songwriting, and many more. To be America’s next drag superstar the queens have to have Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent. The show is predominantly a show that is all about entertainment, but it does touch on some serious topics like in episode six of season four, “Float your Boat” the queens were supposed to design boats that symbolized the colors and meanings of the stripes on the pride flag. The queens are talking about the meanings of the colors on the pride flag this conversation while speaking about the color red which represents life they connected that to the Stonewall Riots a very important movement that lead to the gay liberation movement. Before watching this show, I knew nothing about this event, and after I did research on it, I found it to be very relatable to black history and the struggles black people went through to be accepted in America. This show has also influenced many other shows like Lipsync Battle and pop culture as a whole. If their performances on the main challenges aren’t up to par, the bottom two queens lip sync against each other and whoever does better stays and the one that doesn’t has to “sashay away” and is eliminated. This show has opened up a new world of things I'm not used to seeing, like the whole show is about men dressing up as women but you don't realize how impactful that really is, at least to me. Seeing a person so confident in themselves that they are willing to dress as another gender for the entertainment of others is inspiring. I took a class on feminism learning all about women feminists, through this show I discovered how men can be feminists and appreciate a woman's worth. Overall I think this show is awesome, there are really no flaws (although I wish the episodes were longer so the entertainment never stops), it's everything you and I want in a reality tv show but isn’t overly cheesy or cliche. Rupaul’s Drag Race is doing very well the ninth season is coming out soon. As the series continues, it grasps the attention of new viewers and for people like me that have been fans for over five years and has watched every season the show continues to entertain because the theme and the queens changes every season.

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