Coping Techniques for the Sabbath Observant Fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race (Since the move to Friday nights on VH1)

Firstly, yes I just had to edit the title and take the dash out of VH1. Guess what? I still think of it as VH-1 in my mind despite how long it has been since their re-branding / name change.

I am behind on posting episode reviews of RuPaul’s Drag Race (and at this point I wonder if I should even go forward with reviewing episodes older than, say, this last Friday… does anyone care for my commentary that long after the episode has aired? But then again, one of my first articles on this blog was about an episode of RPDR from 2013 and that continues to get views every single day…) and I haven’t even watched last Friday’s episode yet — eek! Don’t tell me who got eliminated — I think my wife and I are watching tonight.

We had a good thing going with RuPaul’s Drag Race. I got into a nice pattern of watching episodes with my wife on Monday nights and writing up reviews on Tuesdays. We still have the advertisement from the newspaper — Mondays are a Drag! — and photos of the billboard in Times Square advertising as much.

Then it was announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race was moving to Friday nights on VH1. No! Friday nights are sacred in more than one sense. As a Sabbath observant Jew the television goes dark on Friday at a certain time and we step away from computers, mobile phones, tablets, etc — digital distractions, you could call them — for a twenty five hour period. We connect with people who are in our immediate surrounding and read stories in paper books and magazines and take naps and have good meals. That being the case, RuPaul’s Drag Race has to wait until the following evening — and sometimes later! (as has been the case this week — I was at my mother’s home in New Jersey and she doesn’t have VH1.)

Here for your enjoyment are some Coping Techniques for the Sabbath Observant Fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race (Since the move to Friday nights on VH1)

1.In the spirit of our forefather Abraham, who would often host strangers — food and drink — open your Friday night meals to RPDR fans who do not have that special connection to keeping the television off on Friday nights. Not to tell them that they should turn the television on, Heaven forbid, but if they happen to be there, and the television happens to be there, who knows what will happen?

2.The Sabbath morning kiddush table consequently splits into two groups of people — those who have invited people over, and those who are strict about avoiding viewing — and those in the latter group need avoid those in the former!

3.Melave Malka celebration now complete with RPDR viewing. Those who have already seen the episode are welcome to join of course, as we are all family — but try to at least pretend to be shocked when you see who gets eliminated.

4.Avoiding social media in the absence of attending such a Melava Malka celebration, at least until one is able to see the episode!

5.In the spirit of #5, perhaps wearing a large button with the words “DON’T SPOIL RPDR FOR ME, HAVE NOT SEEN FRIDAY’S EPISODE YET” to clearly communicate this fact.

6.Not spoiling it for people wearing those buttons!

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Episode Two – Phoebe and a Disappointing Elimination

So first things first — the queen that was shown popping out at the end of the first episode and which elicited shocked reactions from a few of the people turned out to be… and I’m going to cover this with a spoiler cover because no matter when I post this someone will get mad at me for posting it before they saw it somehow… Cynthia Lee Fontaine of ‘cucu’ fame – funnily the highlight of the episode turned out to be seeing Lisa Kudrow, whom RuPaul showed off explaining that he ran into her at the parking lot. Seems like something that could happen! Also apparently he got his entrance phrase “Hello, hello, hello!” right from Lisa’s character in the HBO program The Comeback, which was on in 2005 and then waited about a decade before it made its own comeback.

So this week was all about cheerleading, perhaps hinted by VH1 airing the film Bring It On before the episode. My wife insists I have seen this film, I do not have any specific memory of spending any time doing so.

The queens were split into two teams and had to perform as, well, cheerleaders! I actually thought everyone did a fairly smashing good job.

Everyone was dressed up in white for the runway, and at the end of the night Jaymes Manfield and Kimora were up for elimination, having to perform — and even though I thought Jaymes did a better job, she was the one that got sent packing. So it goes. On the plus side, she didn’t say anything about her cucu.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Episode One – Lady Gaga, No Eliminations, and a Bonus Mystery Addition

I suppose the first spectacularly interesting thing about this episode that bears mentioning is the fact that it was made clear right away that there would be no eliminations in the episode whatsoever. Then there was, at the episode’s end, the sudden mysterious addition of a fourteenth contestant to this season — so not only did we end up eliminating nary a queen, but one was added — it was a bit like watching an average episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in reverse.

And then, of course… Lady Gaga.


#DragRaceGoesGAGA

 
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The entire episode was Gaga themed though the contestants also had an opportunity to show off their home towns as it were. I really enjoyed more seeing the queens recreate classic Gaga looks. My six year old son even recognized some of them, having been a fan of Lady Gaga for most of his life. Both of my kids really love to dance.

I don’t have too much more to offer that hasn’t been said already. Having to wait until Saturday night to watch RPDR is killer and the switch to VH1 seems strange but my wife observed that the stage and the judge’s table definitely look… upgraded. A bit like after South Park really got successful and The Daily Show got upgraded as well, so to speak!

Eureka O’Hara : RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Profile

Of all the drag queens I have seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Eureka O’Hara has got to be one of the most mathematically named. (Get it?) She also has the biggest selection of things in a shop

Me and my Aja!! #beyourselftofreeyourself #phatfashionicon #dragrace #season9

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Eureka is all of twenty-six years old and hails from Tennessee. I wonder how long it will be before someone tells her that she’s the only ten they see. (Am I dating myself?)

Amazingly, Eureka was with a friend and got hit by a drunk driver — how cars don’t all come with built in technology to prevent drunk drivers from driving is beyond me — but thankfully she walked away without a scratch

She recently was with her mother in the hospital — send your love to her family!

Eureka is hardly new to the drag scene, having won accolades including Miss Tennessee International in 2010 among other honors

Enjoy a video from a few years ago :

The season nine premiere is a week from today and has moved to VH1. No sign that they are going to do any Behind the Drag specials. (Have I dated myself enough?

Charlie Hides : RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Profile

Charlie Hides — the name conjures many images in my mind but the most prominent one is of someone who is, well… hiding! Some people who see a drag queen see a person who is hiding, disguising who they really are. Of course on the surface this makes sense — out of drag they look entirely different. But is it really the case?

I read an interview with Charlie and loved this line :

I’m inspired by lots of things, music, art, comedy, design… you name it. I love old movies, coffee table art books, second hand shops and the latest couture collections, current pop music and rock classics. Creating makes me happy, the process that begins with having an idea then working till it becomes real makes me happy.

If you know anything about me it’s that creating makes me happy. (I wrote a novella called Kate, did you know?)

I look forward to seeing how Charlie will do this season!

Aja : RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Profile

This year on RuPaul’s Drag Race there are four, count them, four different queens from New York (where I presently live) and one of them is the inimitable Aja, who calls her style of performance “Powerpuff Girl Stripper” and was named Ms. Williamsburg in 2014.

Furry monsters 💖 Photo by @ericrichardmagnussen HAIR by @queenlmnop

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Feeling very kill v maim 😈 Bodysuit by @bcallabcalla Hair from @ardawigs Styled by @queenlmnop

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While doing the research for this profile I was surprised that I already had come across Aja’s name in passing… last year, when Season Eight was wrapping up, as you can see here in this conversation with Thorgy Thor.

Will Aja come out on top? Will it be another New York win this year?

Juice Dealer (a short two character scene)

A man is standing on a street corner, looking around. He is a dealer in all things power.
Dealer : Charge your phone! Charge your tablet! Charging…
A man passes by him and stops. He reaches into his pocket.
Man : Did you say you charge phones?
Dealer: I do! What can I charge for you?
Man : My phone is dying… I don’t mean to sound morbid of course. Could you charge it?
Dealer : that’s all I do! Let me see your phone.
Man : What are your rates?
Dealer : Why concern yourself with that now? Do you need your phone charged or not?
Man : I suppose you have a good point.
The man gives over his phone, which is attached to a battery. They stay quiet for about half a minute.
Dealer : Okay, you are all charged.
Man : That’s impossible! (He looks at his phone.) How did you do it?
Dealer : As I said, it’s what I do. That’ll be a hundred dollars.
Man : You must be kidding! That’s outrageous! Why didn’t you say it would be so expensive?!
Dealer : Cost is relative. A dollar is expensive if you’re living on the street and it’s all that’s standing between you and starvation. A hundred dollars, please.
Man : But I don’t have a hundred dollars!
Dealer : That’s rather unfortunate. I’m going to have to keep your phone. Well… there is an alternative.
Man : Which is what?
Dealer : Are you a believing man?
Man : I’m not sure I follow. What do you want, my soul for eternity?
Dealer : No. Seven years — and they will be unpleasant!
Man : Hey, whatever it takes — I just want my phone back.
The dealer takes out a tablet and jabs the man with a stylus. The man howls in pain.
The man walks away with his phone, holding his wrist.
Dealer, to himself : Works every time!