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MKD Out

Hometown favorite Mrs. Kasha Davis was eliminated in last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.  I could tell she was in trouble from the opening of the challenge production (“The DESPY Awards”), and no redemption was coming.

This feels like seeing your home team miss the playoffs as a result of the last few games of the season, and I guess it’s no different to feel this way about a drag queen than about a baseball team.  A little more so when you know and like the queen.  Perhaps it’s as if you regularly hung out with many of the members of the team?

What’s odd is to think about how this feels to MKD (Ed Popil).  She’s known for months where she got eliminated; the episode we saw from last night was filmed sometime last fall.  Strictly forbidden to talk about any results, she’s been watching her local fans’ excitement build knowing that it would all continue for only five episodes.

Sports results (assuming they are not fixed, of course) are at least immediate, so friends and family and the players themselves can all react to them and process a loss together.  In this case, as with any reality show, the player knows first.  Then there’s a long delay in which the player is still “in”, as far as the public knows, and the suspense has to be maintained.  Finally, everyone knows: but that can be months and months down the road.

I’m not sure which is better.

How Drag is Different from Blackface

Mary Cheney saw the previews for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7, and flipped out.  Although out as a lesbian herself, she can usually be found attacking LGBTQ communities to make political hay for those who trade on the Red base’s homophobia.  She wrote,

Why is it socially acceptable – as a form of entertainment – for men to put on dresses, make up and high heels and act out every offensive stereotype of women (bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty, etc.) – but it is not socially acceptable – as a form of entertainment – for a white person to put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African Americans? Shouldn’t both be ok or neither? Why does society treat these activities differently?

Wow… equating drag and blackface!  I wonder if she also sees no difference between MMA and gay-bashing assaults like this one.  Hey, both use fists and feet as weapons!

There was a lot of buzz around this, which is too bad because it’s just what she wanted.  Maybe some people found her deliberately muddled framing of the question created difficulty expressing a good response.  One who had no such trouble was Marriage Equality vlogger Matt Baume:

This is an important distinction.  We go to drag shows pretty often – another one today!  And we have never seen a drag performer do anything remotely denigrating to women.  To us, the point of drag is… well, it’s just fun.  But the serious point underlying it is, Gender is not a binary value, 1 or 0 and that’s all there is.  Gender is a spectrum.  Well, actually a few of them but that’s a topic for another day.  The binary view of gender does great damage to people whose true self doesn’t notch cleanly into a box at end or another.  Drag is a way to explore that issue in a fun setting.  And to get back to the “fun” aspect, a drag performer who fit Cheney’s straw-man description of drag would just be… bad.

Full disclosure: we are definitely fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and especially of one of the contestants on Season 7, Mrs. Kasha Davis.  She’s the hometown favorite for Rochester this year, and on Mar 2nd we’ll be rooting!

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