The time has come for you all to get acquainted with the 13 queens who will sashay their way into the workroom to compete for the crown, scepter and $100,000 prize on the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“With each new generation of queens, the RuPaul’s Drag Race revolution continues to drive culture,” said RuPaul in an official statement. “And as more and more new viewers discover the show, the phenomenon continues to open hearts and minds with love, laughter and a whole lotta sass.”
The 13 queens bringing the eleganza extravaganza are: Aiden Zhane, Brita, Crystal Methyd, Dahlia Sin, Gigi Goode, Heidi N Closet, Jackie Cox, Jaida Essence Hall, Jan, Nicky Doll, Rock M. Sakura, Sherry Pie, and Widow Von’Du.
I should point out that season 12 will require a series of firsts. Nicky Doll will be the first French queen to compete on the long-running drag competition, and Jackie Cox (one of the five NYC queens competing this season) is the first Iranian-Canadian queen to compete on the show.
While there are many people excited for the upcoming season, some people, including two-time former Drag Race runner-up Detox took to Twitter to air out their frustration at the show for once again excluding trans queens.
“Enough with the feigned inclusivity. Time to start putting your money where your mouth is,” she tweeted.
“It’s not about political correctness, it’s about the conscious exclusion of an integral part of the drag community.
“I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for the trans performers that took me under their wings, and they deserve the same kinds of opportunities.”
And that’s not all. Former contestant Carmen Carrera even went as far as to call RuPaul the Hitler of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Oh, and shortly after the queens were announced, fans with way too much time on their hands took to social media to play detective, and dug up some old controversial Facebook posts from Dahlia Sin and Aiden Zhane. I won’t bore you with the details, but if you care fr a full breakdown of all the drama, watch Jakeyonce break it all down in the video below…
Some may find what I’m about to say to be a bit controversial, but I have never been one to shy away from giving my opinion, so here’s my assessment on this topic: I feel what you’re saying Detox, but RuPaul’s Drag Race is a show that sticks to a strict formula. It’s a show that features cis gay men who are men in the workroom, and then doll themselves up as female illusionists when it’s time to perform the tasks assigned to them.
I know everyone wants to see different types of drag performers compete on the show, and believe me you, as someone who loves the art of drag I would love to see drag kings, queens, AFAB (assigned female at birth) queens, trans women, etc, compete on a competition series. But if we want different, we should create a show that celebrates that, and quite frankly I don’t think that’s what RuPaul’s Drag Race is, nor is it the shows responsibility to change their format if they don’t want to.
If Ru decides to change the format and allow trans women to compete, I’ll definitely embrace the change. But it needs to be authentic and not because he was pressured to do so.
I do, however , believe that we need more shows that showcase different aspects of drag on TV, because lord knows Drag Race shouldn’t be the only show on television that carries the torch for the entire drag community. So Detox, instead of telling RuPaul to put his money where is mouth is, how about you follow suit, take some of your coin and create the show you want to see on TV instead of waiting for someone to do it for you?
As for Carmen Carrera, you need to calm the fuck down with the Hitler comments, because RuPaul in three decades of his career has done more for the queer community than the five minutes you’ve been running around these streets as a trans woman (and alleged plaything for Malik Yoba). So until you actually do something of substance with your platform besides acting like a thirsty ass, attention-grabbing diva, keep the Hitler comparisons to yourself, because comparing anyone to a man that killed so many Jewish people is inexcusable.
Now that I have gotten all the drama out of the way, check out all the Drag Race queens below…