Drag is Back in the Race with All Stars Season Three

Nicole Casal analyzes the new season of Drag Race: All Stars after the jump was made to VH1



Nicole Casal, Staff Writer

The new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars” aired Thursday, Jan. 25 on VH1. This is the third installment of the All Stars title, where fan favorite queens from past seasons compete for the Drag Race Hall of Fame and a cash prize of $100,000.

Drag Race originally aired on Logo TV, one of the most popular gay television networks. On March 24, 2017, VH1 picked up the ninth season of the show. That same year, RuPaul won his second consecutive Emmy for Best Host of a Reality or Reality-Competition program.

The All Stars seasons are usually the favorites of drag fans because they get to revisit the most favored queens and see his growth as a performer. The rules are also skewed compared to the regular seasons. In All Stars, queens eliminate each other instead of RuPaul. This keeps the audience and queens guessing and stressing over that night’s elimination.

During the season, the queens will compete with each other in challenges that vary from stand-up comedy, sewing costumes, performing original songs and surprise make-overs on strangers.

Another exciting aspect are the lip-syncing challenges. In the regular seasons, the two queens who performed the worst during said episode, have to lip-sync to a song for the right to stay in the competition. During All Stars, the two queens who performed the best will lip-sync for the right to eliminate the queen of their choice.

RuPaul told James Michael Nichols of the Huffington Post, “’Drag says I’m a shapeshifter, I do whatever the hell I want at any given time. And that is very, very political.’”

The show provides a comfort zone for young men and women who still aren’t sure of their sexuality. Having the program depict homosexuality as something fun and upbeat will help them understand that there is nothing wrong with their sexual orientation.

Having Drag Race switch from Logo TV to VH1 is seen as a massive step forward for the LGBT community. Being featured on a mainstream network instead of a niche channel further implements the idea that being gay or being on the spectrum is completely normal and okay.

One of the largest appeals of drag queens is their laid back attitude towards homosexuality. Drag queens are here to blur the line of gender. On the show, there is a challenge called the Reading Challenge. This is where queens must make fun of each other and whoever is the funniest wins. Far too often the gay community is seen as over-sensitive. Drag Race proves that it is the opposite.

Some aspects of gay rights are more serious such as the fight for equal rights or marriage equality. However, it is refreshing to see people in the community have the ability to laugh at themselves and make light of a situation in our politically correct culture.

While I’m personally rooting for Trixie Mattel for her crude humor and exaggerated drag aesthetic, Milk’s club kid-esque drag is a unique breath of fresh air.

You can watch RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars on VH1 Thursdays at 8 p.m.