Note: I wrote this last night and then went out to party for Pride. I left it for morning to make sure it's not a belligerent rant. It's pretty much a belligerent rant, but I'm okay with it, so here goes...
It's over folks, and I have to be honest: I'm feeling uninspired writing this recap. RuPaul Andre Charles has given the show's small, smarmy group of recappers a unique challenge by presenting his finale during Pride weekend. Yes, season nine of RuPaul's Drag Race has come to a splashy end. It was stunning. But if you're a Seattleite reading this recap, you're probably doing so while scurrying between gigs, parties, or trade. As I type this from the Stranger's office, I'm watching half-naked hotties stretch on Cal Anderson Park's green turf as the Trans Pride March is just now kicking off. As Peppermint said tonight, "Trans women have always contributed to the wonderful art form of drag," but the trans women in front of me DGAF about this season's finale because there's a march happening, it's nice outside, and
PRIDE COMMUNITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN RPDR.
I want to enjoy
Sasha Velour's crowning achievement tonight but I can't help but be consumed by Charleena Lyles and healthcare and how most of the commenters on these recaps felt it was A-OK for the queens to appropriate Native American culture for cheap, shitty laughs. Commenters who said, "Drag was so much more compelling before the PC Nazi's took it over." (Yes, I have a liberal arts degree, but I'm not a PC Nazi. I too think people overuse the word "problematic." And no, I'm not over that whole Village People mess. The Pride flag debacle happened right after that episode, and my faith in the G of LBTQIA+ continued to wane.) I had one friend wonder "if I really hated RuPaul's politics" then why do I keep watching? And they're right: I like RuPaul. I like RuPaul's Drag Race. I come back to watch even when it's a shitshow because somehow RPDR has become synonymous with Pride. And the show will hold precedence in my life even when so many other things deserve my attention and activism. Fuck. So here I am, watching RPDR instead of marching with the Trans Pride March.
But you came here for a recap...
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