RuPaul just announced Celebrity Drag Race and fans are conflicted, to say the least
RuPaul’s reign of televised drag queen realness is tightening its grip as the host unveiled the latest instalment today: RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race.
Set to launch in 2020, the spinoff to the flagship franchise will feature an all-celebrity cast as well as bringing back queens from previous series to give them the “Drag Race treatment”, according to a tweet from the show’s main account.
The celebri-TEA has been spilled! ? Alyssa, Asia, Bob, Kim, Monét, Monique, Nina, Trinity, Trixie, and Vanjie are about to give some celebs the #DragRace treatment in #CelebDragRace coming to @vh1 in 2020! ??? pic.twitter.com/bKphnaMmKl
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) October 22, 2019
“Doing drag does not change who you are, it reveals who you are,” RuPaul said in a press release.
“I can’t wait for the world to see what happens when our celebrity contestants get all up in drags!”
So, is it going to be like the original?
According to Vanity Fair, kind of.
Each episode will revolve around three celebrity guest judges powdering their faces and zipping on their knee-high heeled boots.
An army of Drag Race alumni will be there to aid them: Alyssa Edwards, Asia O’Hara, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Monét X Change, Monique Heart, Nina West, Trinity the Tuck, Trixie Mattel, and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.
A cash prize to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice and the grand title of the first America’s Next Celebrity Drag Superstar are dangled in front of the contestants.
No celebrities have been announced yet, but considering the show’s star-studded guest judges – from Lady Gaga to Miley Cyrus – the Emmy award-winning show will have no problem sourcing them.
‘Please, we’re so tired’: Twitter reacts to the news of Celebrity Drag Race.
As another spin-off is set to collide onto TV and laptop screens, some LGBT+ Twitter users expressed their exhaustion at the news.
Please we're so tired https://t.co/SX1tnXb9fg
— Dave (@DaveyBlahBlah) October 23, 2019
Fans: please, not another all stars and regular season, we can't do it, we're exhausted
— Josh Hall (@joshwillhall) October 22, 2019
— Andy West (@AndyWestTV) October 23, 2019
Others commented on Mama Ru’s ability to “kill a cat, bury it, dig it up, stab it 16 times, throw it off a cliff, row a boat out, fish it out, dry it out and burn it”.
RuPaul certainly knows how to kill a cat, bury it, dig it up, stab it 16 times, throw it off a cliff, row a boat out, fish it out, dry it out and burn it, I'll give him that… https://t.co/xJ6MNyJeLb
— Ethan Spibey (@EthanLDN) October 23, 2019
Moreover, considering the line-up is still under lock and key, some users were weary of how the show will ultimately unfold as a show that represents the queer community to mainstream audiences:
Throw this away. Because they're probably all going to be straight celebrities and it's gonna be something for the straights to gawk at. Not anything for the gays https://t.co/nrfyX8SD7c
— John. Home of sexual. (@the3rdjp) October 23, 2019
Some were more hopeful on who the contestants will be:
— ☻ (@PartyCupcakeLuv) October 23, 2019
But if we ain't gonna see Ezra Miller and Tom Holland in drag.
What's the point of watching it? https://t.co/lG6Y2hdsck
— marc-uwu (@marcogravador) October 23, 2019
Overall, as fashion commentator Ryan Mitchell tweeted: “This is so random, but I’m kinda living.”
this is so random but i'm kinda living. https://t.co/uFGIbkAAdZ
— Ryan Mitchell (@TheSlayGawd) October 23, 2019