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  • Qjersey

    it was brilliant…and it seems Ru is gently mocking all the other reality competition programs at the same time…”tyra tirade” in an upcoming episode.

    Nina Flowers is the one to beat

    Akashia and Jade…need to go back the the ballroom where “kunty is king” and “I look like a 20 ho” is “fierce”

  • Nick

    The contestants are kind of boring, do you think they didn’t want anyone to upstage RuPaul? That said, the judges were great.

  • ggreen

    RuPaul’s Drag Race and all of Logos own produced shows have the same flaw. They are produced in NYC.

  • hardmannyc

    ^^^ Because shows produced in LA are inherently more interesting? I can only assume you made that comment to try to sound like an ass. You succeeded admirably.

    The show sounds cute, but aiming to be the next RuPaul is aiming the bar kind of low. On the other hand, I guess that’s part of the fun.

  • ggreen

    @hardmannyc: Yes, You’re making a lot of ASSumptions. I did not ask for your opinion of my opinion nor did the writer of this post.

  • kb

    well, it had some good points. Ho Ever…… the lighting is off. I guess they wanted all the girls to look smooth and plastic…

    If Ru says “Gentlemen start your engines and may the best girl win”… more than just this one show.. i’ll shit out barbie’s for the rest of the season.

  • Japhy Grant

    @ggreen: Acccctually- RuPaul’s Drag Race is produced in L.A. by World of Wonder Productions.

  • Tyler

    I have to agree that I was looking forward to this show and so far it hasn’t disappointed. I mean hell, I had to find LOGO on my channel listings first becaust I NEVER watch it. The last thing I tried to watch on LOGO was that Rosie O’-hosted sketch show which was ‘orrible.

    My only complaint is, WTF is with the lighting/camera lenses? I mean, this is like Janice Dickinson-glowy to the EXTREME! I understand that Ru looks a little worse for wear these days (is she doing ok??) but the contrast was so bright, and the lens SO SMEARED WITH VASELINE that I could hardly make out anyone’s facial features half the time. I love drag makeup, but could hardly see it. FIX THAT PLEASE!

    Also, props to Absolut and the other sponsors for standing behind THE GAYEST TV SHOW EVER! Loves it.

    Oh and on a sidenote, I first saw Tammy whatserface (the Bette Davis lookalike) at here lounge in WeHo on their Monday night drag thing and she was so….WIERD. I was talking shiz about how creepy she was and Jackie Beat, who was the host, TOTALLY called me out on it. I was punished by being made to walk around the bar shirtless collecting tips. Point being, don’t talk shit about drag queens cause those bitches stick together.

  • Sean

    My partner and I loved it. What I loved about it is that it took the best of Project Runway and the camp of America’s Top Model and filmed it all through a vaseline covered lens nervous breakdown! RuPaul is bringing back to life the camp of it all while at the same time showing how much this is truly an art. Nina Flowers was the huge stand out to me here. But you couldn’t help but love how RuPaul spoke her great sound bites of “Don’t f–k if up!” and “After consulting myself, my accountant, and my housekeeper, I’ve made my decision…” as well as her lampooning self-promotion. SKOAL RuPaul!

  • ousslander

    Loved it. A little low on production dollars but very entertaining especially when mocking Tyra Banks.

  • Leland Frances

    And just when we thought Japhy was beginning to take the goal of moving us beyond Society’s mere minstrels, butts [!] of fag jokes, and victims of fag bashing to personhood and first class citizenship with equal legal protections and opportunities…he publicly cums in his Tuesday panties for this castrati clown fest which puts us right back in the gay watermelon patch. “Yeh, Massa, forget those troublemakers like Kunte Kinte. Just keep laughin at ole Mammy and her little cut ups. Sho be funny ain’t they Massa?”

    Attention HRC, NGLTF, Victory Fund, Lambda Legal, Frank, Baldwin, Polis, Obama: you can retire or forget about The Gays. We already have the right to tape our dicks between our legs, put on dresses and heels, scag drag makeup, and scream and squeal – even in the military. “Tis enough. Twill serve.” You all go on and worry about people who are actually suffering, actually care about being equal.

  • Brewster

    @ggreen: Actually, this was shot in L.A.

  • dgz

    @Leland Frances:

    you’re right leland. except for the fact that the audience for this show is gay, and not “The Man.” (going along with your DEEPLY flawed comparison between the black experience and the gay civil rights.) and of course, drag is a part of gay culture designed by gays, for gays. i respect the fact that you don’t like it, but are you seriously blaming drag for DADT or Prop 8? is it flamboyant, cartoonish, over-the-top? of course. but i think the playground bullying you obviously experienced as a child has established a connection in your head that doesn’t exist.

    second, YOU are the one holding back the community. hello, trans hate? (“castrati?”) hello, femme hate? guess what? some gays are effeminate and even proud of it. you need to realize that these feelings are the result of severe misogyny. no, you’re not immune just ’cause your gay.

    p.s. another stereotype holding us back that you should look into: bitchy queen.

  • Allen

    @Leland Frances: And I’m the one in therapy.

    Ugh.

  • dgz

    sorry, by “these feelings” i meant your femme-bashing, not effeminacy. just in case that was unclear.

  • ask ena

    This show is great for the strange reason that it’s not a joke (a la Janice Dickinson). The contestants are complex people and this show is not afraid to show it. They are also great fun to watch, both in drag and out, and I applaud Ru Paul and World of Wonder for doing this right!

  • JM

    @ggreen:
    It was produced in LA, in Burbank actually.

  • D H

    Bebe Zahara Benet……………or Nina Flowers…….they are the two to beat! Just beautiful and FIERCE.

  • kevin vancouver

    Im thinking that Tammie is lookin way more like Edith Piaf then Bette Davis may they both rest in peace! WERQ !!!

  • TommyD

    actually sorry for the correcting but all the queens think REBECCA has had work done.

  • bobp

    FINALLY!!!!

  • Pinwiz

    I think you’re getting Jade and Rebecca mixed up. Rebecca had all the attention and failed outfits, while Jade had little focus so far.

  • mb00

    I watched it last night. I thought It was fun. Would have liked to know a bit more of the contestants, but maybe we will as the show develops.
    The only thing that I found EXTREMELY grading was that filter they used on everyone. They were lit to the death.

  • mb00

    oh and by the way, I liked Tammie Brown the best. And out of drag, he’s a really nice looking guy.

  • kevin

    Drag Queens are a vital part of our culture.

    Enough said.

  • txslimdude

    I thought the show was rediculous entertaining… but can’t believe no one has commented about that levi’s commercial in the first or second commercial break… HOT!!! I tried to find it on youtube and the levi’s website to no avail :( nice to see a major brand producing artful, creative and sexy commercials for gays… now if only they would air on mainstream channels ;)

  • BrianZ

    I think the show is brilliant. I really had a good time watching and will be sure to catch the rest of the season!

    Oh, and my $ is on Nina: Bitch is fierce!

  • Joanne

    You all need to get out more. That show sucked and it took us many steps back. I wasn’t a fan of the the Queer Eye guys, but give me them any day over a has been drag queen. It would have been better if a real drag queen like Joan Rivers hosted.

  • Fausto Fernos

    Japhy I love your review and I totally agree, this show just might save Logo financially and in the esteem of many queers out there who thought it was just a crappy cable channel.

    I’m sure Drag Race will have a lot of haters, but Marc and I absolutely loved it and look forward to watching it and talking to some of the contestants on our podcast.

  • DeWillis Washington

    You make rationalizations and excuses for this lecher.The man is obviously devoid of any morality or impulse control and hardly material for a pedestal.As a public official he should be setting the pace and showing an example.Those of you who choose to laud this man’s behavior under the auspices of “he’s gay so it’s okay” need to address their own integrity.This kind of attitude explains the Proposal 8 debacle as well as the underlying cause of the rapid deterioration of this country.

  • fitzwilliam

    love love loved it! sad to see porkchop (serious drag name) go home. your link doesn’t work though on “rupaul’s drag race”…

  • epilonious

    You’re confusing a few people… which I an understand in the beginning of project runway, but these are drag queens and very different. @Pinwiz was right because you were confusing Jade and Rebecca Glasscock.

    Akashia hasn’t had any work done. PThe speculation about “nose jobs” was about Miss Glasscock.

    Also, Jade didn’t have her ass hanging out in the beginning, that was Shannel (Akashia made the darling line about “oh, I thought I would be the only ho with her ass hanging out… but I have a muscular ass, hers is a bit more flabby *camera cuts to jiggle*… so…”).

    Otherwise, I feel sad that Miss Porkchop had to go, she seemed like a sweetheart, but they gave her a good loser edit. And Nina is something fierce.

  • Cole

    Ugh! This was awful. I don’t know how many more chances I can give Logo. It’s like going on the same bad date over and over and I just can’t break up with it. I want it to succeed, but this show was trash. Rupaul was so 15 years ago. Thank god for Bravo!

  • Tonytigger

    Out of all the concepts out there for programs and this is what a gay network comes up with? Are we living in 1979?

  • Bradg2

    If this is the best that gay TV can do I will stick to a good book.

  • Monica Roberts

    What piss me off is that .. what about the MILLIONS of transexicals like me who cannot AFFORD to shave they face, armpits or neck, and is forced to post 20 year ode blurry drag pix of theyself on they transvestical blog because they have 3 roomates, no money, no wigs and no job?
    Why should rich boullionaires like Charles Knrapps and Ripiaul make a “MINT” doing shows when talentless skanks like me collect welfare??? Iva only intercourse is to bitch about it behind the wall of our own shame for not being able to “pass” because we are so rude and arrogant in publics???

    WOOPS.. as Donna Day and Naomi Sims used to say…

    “I be done crack my own face!!!” LOL

    I should be grakeful to myseff for tellings it like it:

    TEEE EYE ZEEE HOZZZ

  • Rigato

    Absolut….A VODKA is the official sponsor of homosexuality? What, do the inventors of the rufie throw in a prize every now and then? Let’s get some real sponsors…seriously. Something a bit more respected than a bad liquor that tastes like nail polish remover.

  • Faberge L'Eggs

    @Rigato: I think that was meant in the sense that Absolut sponsors a lot of LGBT stuff, not that we all need to go out and drink it because it’s now super cool to do so and all the hot gays are doing it. I agree though – not my fave vodka.

    I hope Nina wins. Her hair alone was unbelievable. I suspect she might be like Stefan on Top Chef NY, running away with it from the start and never revealing the slightest lack of confidence.

    Also, Leland Frances/comment #11: what is your deal? That is some serious internalized homophobia. Chill the fuck out. Good drag queens are amazing.

  • Thor

    If only this show had the same amount of funding as Americas New Top Model and Project Runnway. If it did it would be one of the best shows on television.

  • Andy Bauer

    love, love, LOVED it!

  • Gurlene

    I watched Logo for the firt time in months and was truly entertained by this show. It looked original and though I thought some things could have been done differently I remembered that it was not my decision to make and I felt entertained regardless.

    Let us hope they keep up the good work till the final episodea and hopefully on to season two. I do miss the Rupaul show. It was aimed at mature queens like myself and rest assured, there are many of us still out there who did not perish during the plague of the 80’s and 90’s and is still present unfortunately.

  • Mitchell

    Ok, you made just a few missteps.

    It’s not Lakashia, it’s Akashia

    Also, Jade was not criticized at all and SHE was the one who dressed like an african voodoo queen

    BeBe dressed in more of a tina turner style not african at all.

    Rebecca and Akashia and Victoria were on the bottom. Jade was nowhere near the bottom. Also, RuPaul had no qualms with Jade’s outfit in the workroom

    Glad to have helped :)

  • flawlesso

    I hate that I have to download episodes because I live in Canada. I think this show is great! I’ve only seen the first one though. Couldn’t find any others to watch because of “copywrite laws” Fuck you! Everyone should be able to watch. I swear Canada accepted gays before the States did? I dunno, I’m styll young but, that’s just my two cents.

  • Eric

    Correction: Bebe is not from Michigan. Most recently she is from Minneapolis.

  • Supergirl 2009

    Please note that international readers are blocked from seeing the video clip on this article. They are also blocked from watching the show on the Logo site.

    One nice person who was offering international RuPaul’s Drag Race fans the only way to see the show had his YouTube account suspended. This was after complaints from you-know-where.

    See freethedragrace.blogspot.com and support your international brothers and sisters who, at the end of the day, just want to be able to see this fantastic show.

  • steve

    This show is soo bad and does not represent what drag quenns are about at all. What is with today’s drags- this show is just a bunch of women, not drag queens. The 2 best drags were the first to go home. This show is ridiculous and has no balls. Being drag is about being something different and outrageous- not top 40

  • Karim de Oliveira

    I loved the show!! I am in the UK and they don’t screen it over here! Thanks for the internet I was able to download the whole thing and I am loving loving loving it!! Even though I didn’t quite catch that they really aim to be c.u.n.t.s here!!
    of course that is for creativity, uniqueness, nerve and talent!!
    Brilliant

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