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04/19/2007


Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Episode 9 — RECAP

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On tonight's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, it's Cher's family members and the drag queens who love them. We've seen them act, we've seen them sing, we've seen them rap, we've seen them tell jokes, but can they interview like pros? The remaining contestants channeled their inner Katie Courics for a conversation with Chaz Bono and Cher's momma, Georgia Holt. Would they be more Oprah or Chevy Chase?

Find out which covergurls successfully put the bass in their talk ... show, AFTER THE JUMP …

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' to Drop Usage of Transphobic Slur

Logo announced today that it would be dropping usage of the term 'She-Mail', a pun on a slur often used against trans people, after anger from trangender advocates, the HuffPost reports.

Said Logo in a statement:

RupaulWe wanted to thank the community for sharing their concerns around a recent segment and the use of the term 'she-mail' on Drag Race.

Logo has pulled the episode from all of our platforms and that challenge will not appear again. Furthermore, we are removing the 'You've got she-mail' intro from new episodes of the series.

We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.

In related news, more than 100 trans women have signed a letter denouncing two recent articles about the show's use of transphobic slurs.

Write the letter's signatories:

We, the undersigned trans women and trans-feminine individuals, are appalled at recent attacks on trans woman journalist Parker Marie Molloy published by Calpernia Addams and Andrea James on the Huffington Post and Boing Boing. Addams’ and James’ hit pieces exhibit a pervasive hostility to young, queer trans women, and indeed any trans woman who is uncomfortable with the use of transmisogynist slurs by cisgender drag queens like RuPaul. They display homophobia, transphobia, ignorance, dishonesty, and hatred throughout.

Addams' and James' articles were published in response to commentary from Advocate writer Parker Marie Molloy over the RuPaul controversy. Said Molloy in a tweet from March 18 (which coincided with an article published the same day): "I f--king hate @RuPaul. Like... there really are very few people I truly hate. He is one of them."


Gay Iconography: Honoring Drag Roots In ‘Paris Is Burning’

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As we cross the halfway mark on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race, the popular reality competition (1 million Facebook Likes, and growing) continues to be one of the primary drivers of a reinvigorated interest in drag culture and slang. However, long before Mother Ru was tellings us to “sissy that walk,” Venus Xtravaganza was asking if we were “going through it” in the iconic 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning.

While the film introduced America to lots of drag vernacular -- launching “reading,” “realness” and “voguing” into the cultural consciousness -- it also perfectly encapsulated a specific moment in time. Filmed in mid-to-late ‘80s, director Jennie Livingston’s documentary sheds light on the faces of New York ball culture at its peak, including figures like Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey. It is a portrait of a segment of the LGBT community before the height of its struggle with AIDS. The film also tackles issues of race, class and gender.

Take a look back with some of our favorite clips celebrating Paris Is Burning,
AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Drag Queens Bianca Del Rio and Sherry Vine Think You're A 'Hot Mess' - VIDEO

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Bianca Del Rio from season six of RuPaul's Drag Race and Sherry Vine from Here TV's She's Living For This have teamed up to serve some 'T' with not an ounce of sympathy.

For all you party girls who pass out with your keys still in the door, bachelorettes cackling at the gay bar with your loud, drunken hens and grody frat boys bumping and grinding on everyone at 2am, Bianca and Sherry have a message for you... "you're a hot mess."

Check out the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Episodes 7 and 8 — RECAP

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Have you heard the one about the eight drag queens telling jokes to old folks?

Well, get ready, it's a real cincher-buster.

Tonight's double episode was certainly a shake-up, sending an early favorite tumbling to the bottom, twice. Plus, a struggling queen defied expectations and turned out, not one, but TWO solid comedic performances.

Find out where the competitors stand following two topsy-turvy episodes, AFTER THE JUMP

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Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Episode 6 — RECAP

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Tonight's RuPaul's Drag Race featured another performance challenge, but this time it was all about '90s nostalgia. The remaining queens proved tonight they've got the power to make you pump up the jam, and to think fondly of a decade spent chasing waterfalls and talking about sex. Anyone else feel like having a Zima?

Don't walk away, boy, and see this week's rankings, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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