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This Is The Most Delusional Cast In “Drag Race” History

tumblr_n3bn1iqKtP1t1rvzco3_500This week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the nine remaining queens were split into teams and asked to write and perform their own rap verses for Ru’s new single Oh No She Better Don’t. It was a really underwhelming and rushed challenge, but rap Goddesses Eve and Trina were in the house, and Ru managed to sneak in a “baddest bitch” joke, so all is well at the end of the day.

This week’s mini-challenge was the reading challenge, obviously one of the fan favorites for every season. I’d say everyone did well (save Laganja, surprise), though nothing too memorable happened. Don’t expect to get any usable gifs from this week.

We’re at the point in the season where the obvious winners are emerging and the rest are lining up for elimination — those who whine and stir shit will manage to stay the longest, and those managing to remain “safe” week after week will slowly sashay away one by one.

Aside from a pungent and shady letter from departed queen Gia Gunn, the greatest moments of this episode focused on three major delusions: Darienne Lake thinks she’s talented, Laganja Estranja thinks she has a remote chance at making it to the final three, and the audience thinks this competition is fair.

Let me explain.

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Darienne Lake is delusional

Every season of Drag Race gives birth to one entitled queen who, despite being completely void of talent, believes that she actually has a chance at making it to the final three and spends more time reading others than she does improving her own game. This season’s resident hack is Darienne Lake, a queen I really didn’t have a problem with at first (she was cute, nothing special), until her insecurities turned her into a mean bitch.

Representing the “big girl” camp, Lake had promise at first. Her fashion choices are obviously limited, which wouldn’t be a problem if she had an interesting story to tell or an ounce of humanity (think Latrice Royale). But she won the (obviously fixed) mini-challenge this week and decided to create drama with BenDeLaCreme — she chooses the “talented” girls to be on her team, and leaves DeLa to lead the team of “non-performers.” She’s later confronted in the workroom and tells everyone her strategy is “none of their fucking business.” She obviously hoped this would become the “Party City” workroom confrontation moment of this season, but didn’t realize nobody at home would care.

The fact that Lake has chosen DeLa as her arch nemesis speaks volumes. As the first winner of two challenges and a consistent top three finisher, DeLa poses the greatest threat to Lake because she’s campy, fun, and likable, the only three crutches Lake has to fall back on. She’s intimidated. She’s delusional for picking a fight with DeLa instead of using her as an ally. This season is not about you, hunty.

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Laganja Estranja is delusional

I feel like I want Laganja Estranja to stick around for the same reason I wanted Phi Phi and Roxxy to stick around until at least the final five. Every season needs at least one bitch queen for entertainment value — someone who reads the competition totally opposite of the audience and thinks they’re the shit. They’ll later apologize at the reunion after seeing how terribly wrong about everything they were.

But the longer Laganja sticks around, the more I feel like she needs to go quickly because she needs to seek professional help. After last week’s “I don’t like you but I don’t know why” and “You were rude but I can’t tell you when” confrontations on Untucked, she’s confident that she’s going to slay the rap challenge. Not-so spoiler alert: Laganja blah blahs about the choreography challenge being “her challenge” and gets a whole 30 seconds of airtime in the workroom, when Adore tells her how much the choreography sucks. Womp.

(I can’t wait for the Adore/Laganja friendship to boil over. Ganj is without friend now that Gia has sashayed away, and I can only imagine her imminent elimination is going to be tearful at the very least.)

Like Darienne Lake, why does Laganja think she’s being gypped during group challenges? Can’t they just accept that they’re not the best queens this season and make the best of the filler time they have? Do a Jiggly, ladies! Entertain us until you’re gone and we’ll love you unconditionally for it! Nobody remembers a bitch post-season.

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The audience is delusional

Full disclosure: I thought Milk was going to make it to the final three on Week 1, but started to lose interest as the season progressed. That being said, I didn’t think it was fair to place her in the bottom two this week and it definitely wasn’t her time to go. She may not be top three material anymore, but ranking below Darienne Lake and losing to Trinity are a slap in the face as far as I’m concerned.

If Milk deserved to go this early, her time to lip synch and sashay away was LAST week. I’m still feeling chills from that awful male drag getup and the fact that nobody read her for it on the runway — her elimination this week was obviously based on last week’s shenanigans. The audience is totally delusional if they think anything else.

Based on the final rap video, it was clear that the two underperforming queens this week were Trinity and Darienne — they couldn’t even remember their lines in the best of three takes. Milk’s outfit may have been “way off” in Michelle’s opinion, but why are we ignoring the fact that Darienne Lake wore a sheer trash bag and sunglasses? Her safety this week is almost as insulting as Milk’s safety last week.

If nothing else, the two weeks of botched eliminations clearly prove RuPaul has an agenda, and those who stay are those who are making the biggest fuss in front of the camera. Darienne stays because she’s stirring up shit with DeLa, an obvious final three choice. Trinity stays because her story lends a hand to Logo’s partnership with Gilead and the “no stigma” PSAs they’re pushing. It’s so transparent.

Now on to everyone else:

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Joslyn Fox

This diva is starting to grow on me, and I think it’s a shame it took this long for her to snag everyone’s attention. Her performance in the Snatch Game last week was pretty awesome and even after Michelle read her runway look, she gagged me this week. I see her as this season’s Dida Ritz. She needs work, but she’ll stick around until the top 5.

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BenDeLaCreme

Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of Drag Race season 6. Bianca will come in a close second, but anyone who watches Drag Race can see this pattern: we’ve had multi-talented character queens win two seasons in a row (they’re Ru’s favorite). It’s time for a beauty queen to be crowned, and DeLa represents the best of both worlds.

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Trinity K. Bonet

I must say, Trinity does an incredible Black Cher. But every time her mouth opens I want to scream. She complains too much. I can’t.

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Milk

I’m almost relieved that Milk is gone this week. It got tiring trying to root for her every week even though she was consistently failing. She’s a less talented Alaska, and if this look was her best attempt at “full glam,” I think we’ve seen enough.

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Laganja Estranja

I have to LMAO every time Laganja comes out on the runway. One of these days she’s going to stomp right through that damn stage and I really hope the fall knocks the word “mama” out of her vocabulary permanently.

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Darienne Lake

That panty line is horrific. I’m through with Darienne Lake.

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Bianca Del Rio

As someone who has known Bianca Del Rio for years, I’m glad her softer side is getting some airtime this season. I was worried her brash comic personality would read awfully on camera, but there’s been a few instances where her motherly side has shown through. She’s the kind of queen that will read you and make sure you have a drink ticket in the same sentence. A winner in my book.

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Adore Delano

Adore is my underdog this season. She’ll definitely end up in the top three and inspire the entire cast of season 15 to go out in drag for the first time this summer. Her face and outfits are never really the best, but neither were Jinkx Monsoon’s. As I said above, you don’t need those things to win this competition.

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Courtney Act

I think I speak for everybody when I say Courtney Act has been really underwhelming this season. She was pegged pre-season as the queen to watch and so far, hasn’t done anything to write home about. A sleeping bag and women’s underwear on the runway? Wow, such talent. Zzzzz.

By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Apr 1, 2014
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  • 16 Comments
    • Sauja32
      Sauja32

      How are you gonna play like this competition’s no fair and Milk deserved better and then turn around and say she’s been “consistently failing” and that “we’ve seen enough.” Darienne was bad this week, but she’s been middle of the road before and won a challenge. Milk was pretty dreadful as well this week and didn’t have the past to back her up. Trinity only survived on the lipsynch. She’ll be gone soon enough.

      Apr 1, 2014 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TVC 15
      TVC 15

      Ben, Bianca, and Adore are top three. Joslyn and Courtney will round out top five.

      Apr 1, 2014 at 11:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BD
      BD

      Darienne is DEVOID of talent? Girrrll, your bitter is showing. DeLa may be your favorite, but I’m pretty sure she can handle some shade.

      Apr 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snapper59
      Snapper59

      I nearly split my sides laughing when Darienne wore that oversized huge black vinyl outfit and stood up during rap rehearsals and toppled into the metal trash cans. It was the funniest thing I’ve seen this season.

      Apr 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snapper59
      Snapper59

      ….after all, when you see rappers with their “swag” and head bobs and eye rolls, don’t you wish them to stumble over their feet and crash right into trash cans?

      Apr 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nickadoo
      Nickadoo

      Did everyone else make the connection between Bianca’s motherly advice to Trinity in episode 6 to her shady read of Trinity in episode 2: “Trinity reminds me of a dear friend of mine from New Orleans. She’s dead.”

      Apr 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Matthew,

      Thank you! Fun review and I’m loving the longer overview format. Please keep doing these!

      I agree with most of what you said. I love Ben, but I am still holding out the thought that Bianca could come through and win it. I LOVE that Bianca isn’t afraid to speak up when people like Gia or Laganga are being transparently crazy, but she is ALSO smart enough and confident enough to shut them down quickly. If Bianca had been on Shangela’s or Roxxxy’s seasons season nobody would remember them because they would have been afraid to speak up after the first time. lol

      I posted last week that Darienne seemed like she might be a mean girl in hiding. I think we’re seeing that, totally agree. The only comment in the article I disagree with about Darienne is “Her fashion choices are obviously limited,” And the only reason I disagree with the author is that Delta Work was a very big girl and turned it out week after week on that runway. So Darienne I think could do better, she just doesn’t know how to and isn’t used to having to in my opinion.

      I wanted to like milk. But when you need to TELL people what you are because you don’t seem to be able to show it as much, I lost interest. Well that and that damn brown lip outliner.

      Adore, thought she was a waste of space at first and now loving her, and LOVE the friendship with Bianca that seems to have developed. I like that Bianca can see something she likes and gives her credit for it, and Adore is smart enough to see Bianca’s talent and see through the tough act. It’s the Hallmark moment.

      I’m liking Joslyn more and more every week, but frankly Joslyn needs to stop sucking Courtney’s proverbial D*ck. I like Courtney and love her commentary but I’m thinking Joslyn has more to offer.

      Trinity, ugh, stop complaining. Shannel had a reason to bitch when she turned a woman who looked like a linebacker into a Janet Jackson lookalike and yet Rebecca (Ru’s Fav) still won. TRINITY on the other hand, just keeps bitching about nothing. When Bianca asked her what does she do well…..That single question was better than a year of college for her.

      Love the post! Keep them coming!!

      Apr 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DK
      DK

      Courtney and Ganja are big in the WeHo scene, so don’t be surprised if that carries them further than they would be on talent alone. Drag Race has deep connections in West Hollywood, lots of WeHo scenesters are behind the scenes on the show and on screen (a few of the Pit Boys are big scene queens).

      Apr 1, 2014 at 2:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • theiviiker
      theiviiker

      I believe that Ben won’t win for the same reason Alaska didn’t win (even though she should have) because she is in too close with the previous winner, even though she will most likely be top three the clear winner in my eyes (and I may be bias cause I know her personally) is Bianca simply because most would’ve thought it was going to be easy to edit Bianca to be the bitch of the season but her motherly and sweet side is being shown more and more, which is a very good ploy to make most of America fall in love with her. And after this episode I think adore is the close runner up for winner this season. She charming, smarter then she lets on, and all around pretty freaking talented. Joslyn has grown on me and I’m hoping she will kick off Courtney, whom I was a huge fan of but she has been totally lack luster this entire season so far. Darrienne Trinity and Langanja are all gone in my book already (ESPECIALLY LAGANJA, she really needs professional help AND to get a life).

      Apr 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Large Marge
      Large Marge

      Darienne has a mean girl in her…. probably 3 or 4 too!

      Apr 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Franco C.
      Franco C.

      Did the writer of this article actually use the word “jipped”?

      Apr 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bgrkls
      bgrkls

      Laganja is turning into an eerily sad echo of Tatiana from season two.

      Apr 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vatican Lokey
      Vatican Lokey

      I agree with nearly everything you’ve said in this review, with the exception of Bianca. Again, full disclosure; I know her, I’m from New Orleans and we both worked extensively in theatre there. She truly is EVERYTHING you see onscreen, and much, much more. Bianca is the whole package: experience, talent on top of talent, a lightning wit, and a heart as big as Lake Pontchartrain. I believe she has the stuff to make it to the top. And even if, for some insipid reason she doesn’t make it to the crown, her career will continue on long past Drag Race. I’m also a big fan of Ben DeLaCreme, Adore, and Courtney Act (who truly is an international star in the best sense.) I am hoping this will be the year when TWO queens are crowned instead of just one. Now, if we can just get rid of Laganja…please! Every time she hits the runway I find myself repeating “break a heel, break a heel, break a heel!”

      Apr 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jawsch
      Jawsch

      “Adore is my underdog this season. She’ll definitely end up in the top three”

      ^ Are you serious? Top three?
      She has no place in the top three. Her makeup needs serious work, her runways have been hideous every…single…time.

      She nailed the 90s challenge and it’s the only time I’ve actually liked her makeup.

      I’m not a fan and I just don’t see top 3 material from her.

      Apr 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kpj558
      kpj558

      Adore’s grown on me, but if the competition were fair, she would have lip synced for her life in her first two challenges.

      Apr 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vince Smetana
      Vince Smetana

      Good writeup, but Bianca is winning. I don’t know why, week after week, Queerty has a problem seeing the future on this.

      Apr 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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