I rarely if ever watch so-called reality television because so much of it is a complete fabrication. The one rare exception to this is the competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race, which pits a number of drag queens against each other in an effort to find out who will be that year’s drag superstar. Elizabeth and I come back to the show year after year for its great designs, the humor, and of course to hear Ru say “Oooh, gurrrl! You’ve got she-mail” in every episode.
At the end of the day, however, it is an elimination based competition and that means that someone gets sent home every week — like in every other show like it. It wouldn’t be Survivor if people stayed on every week, right? If someone was the worst chef on Hell’s Kitchen and stayed on regardless, that would not be good.
So too on Drag Race. Every episode, two Queens get ranked in the bottom two and have to perform in something called “Lip Synch for Your Life,” in which both must lip synch to a song and prove their worth. One gets to stay and the other must go home – that’s how it should work.
In episode seven of this season, Roxxxy Andrews and Alyssa Edwards were in the bottom two. They lip synced for their life and both did a fine job, but Alyssa was far superior in every way. She brought her A game, while Roxxxy could have used a bit of improvement to reach that level.
Elimination time. It is time for RuPaul to announce the results when suddenly, Roxxxy chokes up in tears. She starts talking about what a hard life she has had. RuPaul cries as well and tells her that they are there for her and are family. At this point, RuPaul declares that both shall stay.
From here, Roxxy goes on to win her way into the final three and could have been crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. I am grateful beyond words that the crown ultimately went to Jinkx Monsoon as she was the superior competitor.
When you are in an elimination competition like RuPaul’s Drag Race, you make it to the end through talent, determination, and the ability to best your competition week after week. It has nothing to do with sad stories of your mother abandoning you, unfortunate and moving as they may be. That should not be the thing to push you forward in the competition. Were you better than the other person? If yes, stay. If not, goodbye and fare well! I hope to never see this kind of emotional blackmail and exploitation on Drag Race again.