Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 7 Was Boring: A Rant
Last night was the season 7 finale of Rupaul’s Drag Race. Spoilers ahead!!!!
Violet Chachki was crowned the winner and while very talented and beautiful, she has the smallest waist in drag race herstory.
Even Araiana Grande, who I am fairly certain is an 11-year-old with an endless supply of padded bras and crop tops, was jealous. Pearl and Ginger Minj were the runner ups, they too were very talented.
Despite the fact that Pearl was deemed a sleep walker, it is my belief that her style of drag was simply not what the judges were looking for. Ginger was funny and consistently offered different looks, a rarity for plus size queens.
The rest of the cast of season 7 was great as well, with a few exceptions *Cough* Sasha Belle *Cough* Tempest Dujour.
All of this talent begs the question, why did this season suck so much?
I don’t want to speak ill of Ms. Rupaul Charles or the empire she built, lord knows she deserves respect for all she has accomplished, but damn, this season was boring.
So what was it? Perhaps it was because season 6 was so very good. Bianca Del Rio seemed destined to be edited as the villain of the season, but she ends up having a heart of gold and the ability to read anyone to filth? This is the kind of reality TV gold that cannot be planned. In fact Bianca coming out painted like a sexy tin man was just about the most exciting part of last night’s finale.
So was that the problem? This season just had impossible standards to meet?
That may have been part of it, but unfortunately the truth is that the problem with this season was that Rupaul and the producers and writers simply didn’t trust their own show enough this time around. Drag Race has been on for 7 entire seasons, it has become a staple and it certainly doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. So why is the show still relying on the same tired techniques that it used in season 1?
It has evolved into something less silly and more serious, without losing its campy feeling. It is established now, everything doesn’t need to still look and feel like a re-run of Flavor of Love. If it wants to maintain its ‘early 2000′s reality show on VH1′-vibe then cool, I can get in to it. However the show runners have to pick, is it I Love New York or America’s Next Top Model?
You can have it both ways.
Speaking of cheaply made reality shows, Rupaul’s Drag Race continually insults its audiences intelligence and it’s got to stop.
We are more connected audience then we were 2006 and now I understand that all reality shows are, to some level or another, scripted. They have to be, and it can certainly be fun to watch Drag Race with that knowledge and try to figure out what the producers next move will be.
It’s like a smarter and more fun version of following sports.
However when it is clear from episode 1 who the top queens will be by simply who gets the most air time, that is not fun. They may be able to pull that on American Idol, but if you show me a 5 minute story on 1 queen and her chicken farm then I’m obviously gonna know that she is going to get further then the Queen whose name has not appeared on screen since she first walked into the work room.
Don’t spoil it for us, even if you do decide before the season even starts don’t show your hand.
I have not lost hope, I normally thoroughly enjoy Drag Race, despite the fact that I totally agree with Violet when she said she hated Michelle Visage(That’s a rant for another time.)
I will watch every episode next season, I will watch Untucked. I’m just saying, It’s hard to make a drag queen boring.
Lets sort this out Ms. Charles.
“… One of my favorite pastimes is gathering the cold, huddled masses into a nice warm room, giving them shelter if only for an hour, and sharing valuable life advice from a hate guru!”May 17, 2016
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