RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 episode 2: ‘Skinny shame’ and Michael Jackson
RuPaul’s Drag Race returned for its second week with Good God Girl, Get Out. Should you take the advice and run, or stick with it?
Drag Race Season 11 Episode 2 Good God Girl, Get Out and Why it Gotta be Black Panther? the verdict
How much Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent was episode two packing?
If you’re a semi-legendary queen—or Derrick Barry—you can come back for a mini challenge. If you’re an influential queen (Violet Chachki) you can inspire a runway. But only the baddest of bonafide bitches can influence the boss.
RuPaul was absoluteeeely done with any more best-friend-race buffoonery, and is firing some Gia Gunn-shaped warning shots at the queens to amp up the drama.
Stir, mama, stir.
Drag Race stays on-brand this week by ignoring our protests and plowing ahead with yet another acting challenge.
So we had to sit through Good God Girl, Get Out, which had some decent acting and—almost—a message.
And Why It Gotta Be Black, Panther? which told the heart-wrenching story of a woman who smoked a joint and went shoe shopping. Those scripts had absolutely no redeeming qualities and the writers have used up their nine lives.
Category is: What’s Your Sign?
It’s a tale of two runways. A few—Miss Vanjiee, Yvie Oddly, Scarlet Envy—were ridin’ Gemin-high. But the rest were a cancer on that stage—Gemin-bye (sorry).
At least Ru looked Moonlit.
The Big Queer-stions: ‘skinny shame’, immigration and Michael Jackson
Untucked has found its groove dissecting the problematic aspects of drag.
It may look more like The Big Questions than an ANTM spoof, but in a fandom that’s constantly analysing itself to death (hi), it feels apt. And makes great TV.
Last week we watched the queens discuss race and sexuality. This week, it was immigration and ‘skinny shaming’ on the agenda.
But first off, I just can’t with this Davenport duo of Honey and A’keria.
They came for Silky Nutmeg Ganache for supposedly having some sort of fat privilege.
Everyone of any size can feel insecure about their bodies. But society praises being thin and shames fat people. Watching the girls act the victim bc Silky said “skinny bitches” while dismissing the very real struggles of being a plus size girl? #DragRace pic.twitter.com/J0VcvPU9JZ
— Sam (@sammyw63) March 8, 2019
When Silky pointed out that no plus-sized girl had ever won Drag Race, the duo shrieked about the success stories of Latrice Royale (famously bad at Drag Race), Ginger Minj (famously meh at Drag Race), and Eureka O’Hara (famous for being hated on Drag Race).
Then there was the INJUSTICE that meant Silky could call them “skinny b****es,” but if they called her a “fat b***h,” they would “have all of America throwing stones at me.”
Silky rightly shuts down their BS by saying that actually, no, she wouldn’t have a problem with it. And that “fat b***h” is “a way of empowerment” in society in where, to quote one Twitter user, “the answer to all your woes is losing weight.”
— Wes (@imfatletsprty) March 8, 2019
We also had an important moment with the challenges Mercedes Imam Diamond has faced—including being on the no-fly list.
Yvie finishes the segment by despairing, “I can’t believe we have someone in office who prevents culture from coming in this place.”
Remember the Time
*Scarlet on the runway*
Judges: “Bubbles. In honour of Michael Jackson.”
Umm… was this the right week to honour MJ? Should we—maybe—have left that out?
Drag Race Season 11 Episode 2: Let’s get these queens in line
Which queen is the most exciting? What will their edit be?
There’s some seriously strong sisters this season. But there’s also more filler than Kylie can flog in a month.
There’s a gaping difference between the power tops and soggy bottoms, and it feels like this season will only heat up once the latter falls out.
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
Edit: Fan-favourite that loses out on a top place (Miz Cracker).
Now is the dawning of Vanjie. She’s fashion (the best runways two weeks in a row), quotable (“pressed like a Panini”—I mean come on), and excelled in the challenge as the discombobulating dorky dad.
Silky Nutmeg Ganache
Edit: The one that shows growth (Naomi).
I know it’s—understandably—taking y’all a while to warm to her, but I think it’ll happen. Yes, she’s coming off more Eureka than Monique, but you have to admit the self-fulfilling prophecy of Silky taking up all the airtime because the other queens are complaining she’s taking up all the airtime is pretty fun to watch.
Edit: The talented oddball (Sharon, Jinx, Alaska).
Herstory favours the queens that sail through an acting challenge, because making Ross, Michelle et al., laugh is an important step towards that crown.
She also understands the many sides she needs to show to get a winning edit. She’s given us freaky outsider, vulnerable and apologetic, sassy and talented—and it’s only the second week!
Edit: High-fashion, runner-up fish (Courtney).
Plastique knows that nothing makes Ru laugh harder than promoting borderline-racist stereotypes from your own culture. Average runway though.
Edit: Black Horse (Valentina).
She had all the best lines, and she channelled the challenge with those Thorgy/Rachel Dolezal dreads.
Mercedes Iman Diamond
Edit: The weak link (Khloe Karbdashion).
Good lip-sync, and her story seemed like genuine explanation rather than a last-ditch attempt to get some limelight.
RuPaul, however, seems pretty over giving advice now,
“Don’t..*shrugs* let your saboteur..do the thing…that…you know, you’re great, Miss Bentley.”
Edit: The less talented oddball (Dusty).
She did well but I find it hard to care.
Brook Lynn Heights
Edit: All there on paper but not the winner (Detox).
Yep. Detox vibes.
Edit: Villain-lite (Milk).
Weirdly aggressive towards Yvie for no reason. OK hun, enjoy that edit.
Edit: Villain (PhiPhi).
Her dress was meh, her performance meh, but in fairness her part was meh too.
Edit: Confused villain-lite (Bebe).
Low-rent Bebe, anyone?
A’keria Chanel Davenport
Edit: Middle of the road pageant (Alexis Machelle).
I’m tired of writing b****ey things so I’ll just say that her name is a play on ‘I carry a Chanel.’
Edit: MISSING (Willam since Season 4).
Where was she? Drag Race needs to stop telling us Nina is good and show us instead.
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