RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 episode 4 Ru-flections: We need to talk about Naomi
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 starts 2019 with some New Year New Jersey injustice.
Let’s deconstruct some drag:
All Stars 4 Episode 4 Jersey Justice: the verdict
How much Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent was episode three packing?
A classic among classics. Thank u All Stars 4, next.
I usually hate the acting challenges—#Breastworld— but ditching the scripts and rehearsals works a World of Wonder.
Category is: swerves and curves, padded for the gods
The best drag tells a story.
It can be told through comedy—Monique, Monet, Naomi —concept—Manila, Valentina—or couture—Trinity.
What tells me no tale is a blue gown with stones.
Latrice, this challenge was probably chosen for you.
I’m getting all of the curves of a Greggs vegan sausage roll. And like Piers—ew, never saying that again—I’m not eating it.
Unfair edit of the week
We need to talk about Naomi.
HOW is Naomi the only queen not to win a challenge?
She slayed every challenge, every runway, and has been largely edited out of every episode.
It brings back this interview judge Carson Kressley conducted with the queens a few weeks ago:
Carson: do you think there is a formula [for winning All Stars]?
Naomi: blonde and white?
It’s not hard to see it her way.
She definitely should have placed high—or won—this week.
She should have won Snatch Game.
She could have beaten Trinity in week one or Monet—when factoring in runway—in week two to win either.
To overlook Naomi once could be considered an accident, twice carelessness, three times shade and four times a a mother tucking scandal.
Don’t make it five, Ru.
The shade of it all
Alliances or a-lie-at-sis?
The season 9 queens tore Valentina’s congenial mask off during their reunion.
Coming to All Stars she shows what’s underneath: one of the best players RuPaul’s Drag Race has seen.
As I said last week, it has been beautiful to behold.
But this week it wasn’t cute.
Openly admitting to sending your star supporter and season sister to the slaughterhouse—‘sorry, Monique’—just to avoid a backlash from the fans was a sickening supply of shade.
Trinity has performed phenomenally in All Stars 4 whilst going above and beyond to defend Valentina from elimination during the last two weeks.
Sending her home over Latrice would have looked cowardly, I’m sure Trinity won’t let her forget it.
Editor of the week: Manila Lose-on-purpose
Ooooooh, another conspiracy!
Be like Manila and produce the edit you want to see.
Want to be top lip? Umm and err, wonder loudly whether to send home strong competition you clearly weren’t going to eliminate.
Don’t want to make the choice? Lip sink yourself by loudly declaring who you’ll send home. Oh, and do a half-assed comedy routine to a song you know needs feeling.
Reward: continued friendship with one of the most beloved queens and self-declared best friend, don’t alienate the fanbase by sending home the wrong person.
Tribute to our fallen victor
She was large and in-charge, chunky yet funky, bold and beautiful. But groups were the end of her, darling.
Still, she gave us the face cracks of the season.
All Stars 4 episode 4: A Queen-by-queen ru-view
Trinity the Tuck: 518 points
Edit: The one to beat / lip sync assassin (see: Alaska, Ben DeLa Creme).
Yep. She’s spilling the tee, and even sharing Monique’s edit as audience surrogate. Despite being safe this week, it still feels like Trinity’s to lose.
Manila Luzon: 508 points
Edit: comeback queen (see: Katya)
She started slowly, but now she looks like the only one able to challenge Trinity.
Monique Heart: 466 points
Edit: narrator (see: Trixie)
SO proud of my ooh ah ah sensation!
She could well be the black horse and snatch the crown at the last minute.
Valentina: 276 points
Edit: Kooky potential winner (see: Jinx)
Yeah, she’s still slaying the personality contest. Don’t discount this one at all.
Monet X Change: 274 points
Edit: Comeback queen (see: Katya).
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There’s only so long you have the potential to be the comeback queen, and Monet is losing it to Monique and Manila. Her time feels short.
Naomi Smalls: 173 points
Edit: Fan favourite that loses out on a top place (see: Alyssa, Chi Chi).
Edit: Latrice lived up to this edit, but now may have handed it to Naomi. UGH. But without a win, she can’t hang on much longer.
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