I've always been a huge fan of RuPaul. Not only is he more beautiful than I am, but I like his message about loving yourself as you are and accepting others as they are, and if you hang onto your dreams anything is possible.
Hubby, on the other hand---while he thinks Ru is a fabulous showman/woman---is a bit uncomfortable with drag queens in general. I think the gorgeous ones disturb him. I KNOW the "tucking" thing makes him cringe.
He likes drag queens of the Jack Lemmon/Tony Curtis variety. You know that they're really guys underneath and you'd never be drunk enough to take one home with you by accident.
So last week I was folding clothes in front of the tube and clicking to find something mindless to watch. I came across "RuPaul's Drag Race" on the Logo Channel which I've never seen before. Wooboy! It's a drag queen reality show contest that seems to be a mixture of Project Runway, Survivor, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, America's Next Top Model and Queer Eye all rolled into one. I was fascinated.
The episode that I caught happened to be the "Girl Group" episode. The challenge for the contestants was to split into two teams, and perform (lip sync) a Destiny's Child song. They had to do everything----sew costumes, choreograph, use unfamiliar wigs and make-up (provided by the sponsor), etc within a limited time.
Hubby had been doing something manly out in the garage and strolled through the living room while one of the groups was performing their final product. "Whatcha watching?"
They're lip-synching, I said distractedly. And they had to make their own costumes from scratch. Aren't they beautiful?
He watched for a moment, agreed and went off to whatever destination he had originally been heading.
After the performances, RuPaul and the judges critiqued them. Then Ru asked each who they'd vote off the island.
I simply don't remember all the names, so I'm making them up. But it went a little something like this:
Ongina (ok I DID remember that name): Since I'm the team leader, I couldn't vote any of the other girls off. This challenge was my responsibility so I'll throw myself under the bus and vote myself off.
Cinnamon: I don't want to vote anybody off! I love everybody! I'd vote off Clara because she has immunity.
Clara: Do I have to pick somebody? I love everybody too, and I don't want anyone to go!
RuPaul: Yes you have to pick somebody. Who would it be?
Clara: Uh, uh. I guess I'd pick Shanelle. (Shanelle looks shocked) I'd pick Shanelle because she's so beautiful and talented and I know she's going to be fierce competition and will probably win, so if I HAVE to pick anybody I'd pick Shanelle. (turns to Shanelle) I'm sorry sweetie! (the two give each other a big warm hug and air kiss).
My mouth was just hanging open. A couple of minutes later, Hubby came through the living room on his way back to the garage.
Wait, wait, you have to see this! I rewound that portion of the program.
After it was done, I said, Can you believe how caring and supportive they were instead of clawing each other's eyes out?
"I wonder where they found so many kind girls, " he replied. "They're not like those ferocious b*tches on The Bachelor".
I didn't have the heart to tell him they were doods. ;-)
Well at least not for a couple of days.
Weee! I found a clip of the performance. The whole thing is about 5 minutes long and it's near the end.