Why 'RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race' Is 'Realer' Than The Original Series
Written by Huffingtonpost on April 24, 2020
The times may mix collectively, however RuPaul has staked his declare: Friday nights are for “Drag Race.”
For the following month, the legendary entertainer is increasing his programming slate to rival the runtime of Martin Scorsese’s 3½-hour “The Irishman” ― de-aged Robert De Niro needs he regarded this good ― as he launches the newest spinoff of the trailblazing actuality present.
The Emmy-winning sequence has attracted extra star energy than a faux-inspirational movie star quarantine video over time, with everybody from pop stars, Kardashians, Olympians and even Nancy Pelosi dropping by.
Now movie star company will get an opportunity to compete on the primary stage for themselves in “RuPaul’s Secret Movie star Drag Race,” a four-part particular occasion premiering on VH1 Friday.
Who precisely will likely be mixing, beating and, sure, tucking stays a thriller — joins fingers in silent prayer for Harry Kinds — however every week a trio of celebrities will get in contact with their inside drag queen for charity, with just a little assist from sequence veterans, together with “All Stars” winners Trixie Mattel and Monét X Change.
“Actually, it was realer than ‘Drag Race,’” Mattel advised HuffPost in a current cellphone interview. “These celebrities aren’t performing. They’re having genuine, transformative human experiences in entrance of us.
“I used to be there to play the sport, however — plot twist — the Grinch’s coronary heart grew a number of sizes,” Mattel added. “You actually watch them battle with this new talent. Think about you’re doing drag for the primary time, and it’s on this scale. That is excessive stakes, bitch.”
As a substitute of sitting fairly on the judges’ tables, celebrities will now stroll within the contestants’ excessive heels by way of numerous fan-favorite challenges, which proved to be each satisfying and empowering for returning queens.
“It was a pleasant little position reversal, as a result of, you understand, full tea, generally these celebrities come choose ‘Drag Race,’ and I’m like, ‘Who’s qualifying you to present any critiques on drag?’” X Change advised HuffPost, including how releasing it was to take part with out the concern of being despatched house.
“Whenever you simply enable your self to have a no-fucks-given perspective, it’s extra enjoyable, and also you simply get higher TV,” X Change mentioned.
“Drag Race” has seen many a breakdown and breakthrough in its 11-year run, and it sounds just like the movie star contestants will likely be remodeled from the within out. They’ll need to work by way of their very own inhibitions to ship the required charisma, uniqueness, nerve and expertise, resulting in some surprising revelations among the many forged.
“Individuals have completely different hang-ups about dressing up and what their household may need considered them,” Mattel mentioned about overcoming obstacles throughout filming. “However celebrities aren’t volunteering to cross-dress on nationwide tv except they’re additionally trying to get one thing else out of it, too.”
“Drag is a scary factor,” X Change added. “Even in 2020, once we’ve opened up our minds quite a bit about gender and sexuality. However when you let your self expertise the bodily and psychological transformation that occurs with drag, it simply faucets one thing within you. You see it particularly within the makeover challenges, the place these dudes, who’ve by no means accomplished drag earlier than, are out of the blue, like, simulating fellatio and twerking.”
Seeing the facility of costumes, jewels and wigs made Mattel understand that he has at occasions “overpassed the transformative qualities” of drag and gave him a brand new appreciation of the artwork kind and the sequence.
“Keep in mind three months in the past, when Twitter gays have been like, ‘They should cease making a lot “Drag Race”’?” Mattel joked. “Properly, guess what bitch, aren’t you content? We went from a society who would watch, like, 11 seasons of a present we don’t even like for one homosexual kiss to complaining about an excessive amount of homosexual programming.”
Mattel added: “Homosexual individuals, we get what we wish, after which we don’t need it.”
Particularly amid the continuing coronavirus outbreak, each Mattel and X Change inspired followers to assist queens extra fiercely than ever ― be it subscribing to a queer-friendly streaming service or immediately supporting LGBTQ artists by tipping by way of Venmo.
“Whenever you see these entertainers doing dope issues, we should always reward them nonetheless you’ll be able to, as a result of they’re being artistic so that you can get pleasure from your self at house in your 14th watered-down vodka soda in your residence by your self,” X Change mentioned.
“Go to the mat for what you’re keen on,” Mattel added. “Generally which means drag queens who’re simply attempting to purchase groceries for tomorrow.”
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