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Drag Race Kiki: The Fierce Five Emerge

Ladies and gents, this week we bid adieu to the classy, sassy, and somewhat nutty Joslyn Fox. She was an entertaining addition to the season, I enjoyed her Theresa Giudice immensely (cum-in, heh heh), and her clueless, child-like enthusiasm was awkwardly amusing. However, as we get closer to the end of the competition, the queens have to step up their game and "cute" can only take a contestant so far. While I don't agree with the blunt way Courtney Act put it, I agree that Joslyn's drag isn't as polished as some of the others.

Of course, the same can be said for Adore Delano, the other queen landing in the bottom two this week (for the second week in a row), and it's a completely valid critique. The difference between the two, I think, is that Joslyn always managed to coast and/or fly under the judges' radar, while Adore has two wins under her belt. Those victories show, to an extent, that Adore has what it takes to be a headliner, even if she isn't the most polished or even prepared performer. Joslyn, on the other hand, is unpolished and lacking that "x factor," as she called it, that makes Adore so damn watchable.

Also, is it just me or does Joslyn remind anyone of Season 5's Ivy Winters? Cute, kitschy, but not all that interesting and sorta bordering on bland? In other words, Joslyn and Ivy are opening or warm up acts, but Adore and Jinkx are the girls you've paid to see.


The winner of this week's challenge was Bianca Del Rio, who now has three wins and is, as of this point, the queen to beat. Seriously, she's the presumptive winner IMO, and I don't really see anyone else coming up from behind and snatching the crown away from her. She's the whole package: she's funny, she's eloquent, she's poised, her looks are beautiful and I like that they don't veer into "gender impersonation/pageant queen" territory. Just pay the lady, already, and let's call it a night.

As for this week's challenge... While I like that the competition has a makeover challenge where the queens have to drag up someone who doesn't do drag, I can't say that I liked how the challenge was executed this season. Drag Race has been accused of pandering to a straight audience, so to speak, by presenting a straight-friendly façade of what it means to be queer, and I think this week's episode is an example of that.

First off, why feature straight couples in a wedding-themed episode? Sure, marriage equality has been achieved in a number of jurisdictions, but that battle is far from being completely won. And that's not even taking into account the "no homo" backlash in states where marriage equality has been achieved, but bigots want to reserve the right to discriminate against queer couples.

Second, I kinda see where Ru and Co were going with putting the grooms in drag, while the brides wore their own kind of drag (tho retaining overtly feminine touches, natch). It's meant as an extension of the idea that drag queens blur and play around with and deconstruct gender. BUT, in this context, it really doesn't work. All you're doing is flipping genders around, and this bothers me because there are couples who aren't binary (for lack of a better term).


There's this entrenched idea among some people that even tho Sally likes girls and Jimmy likes boys, Sally and Jimmy and their respective partners are like straight couples in that one half of Sally+GF/Jimmy+BF is the "male" half and the other half is the "female" half. Except, no. Not necessarily. This gender flipping does nothing to challenge that assumption and kinda serves to reinforce it.

Third, the quaint platitudes from the straight couples toward the queens kinda made me roll my eyes a little. It came off a little too "wow, you're a credit to your sexual orientation, nice gay man!" for my tastes.


Anyhoo, those are just my two cents.

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