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?
Previous to this last Monday, the only drag queen to have ever openly come out about their HIV-positive status on RuPaul's Drag Race was Ryan Ong Paolo (aka season one's Ongina). But in the most recent season six episode of Untucked, Joshua Jones (or drag performer Trinity K. Bonet) opened up about being HIV-positive.
Despite finishing amongst the highest performers during her first two challenges, Bonet has struggled this season with some lackluster performances and self-doubt, constantly saying that she knows that she won't win and that she's not as good as her competitors. During the Untucked segment of episode five however, Jones got this news off of his chest:
"When I came on this show, I came on this show with a mission because I am HIV-positive. I was diagnosed in August 2012, and I have so much to live for. I have so many goals and aspirations that I want to conquer in my life, so I’m not going to let an obstacle get in the way. And I wanted to come on this show, and I wanted to be that voice for people who are scared to speak out about that.”
“I’m hoping that by sharing this that I will be affecting somebody’s life. And I’m hoping, by sharing my story, that I will inspire others and that they will take it and maybe apply it to themselves.”
"It's not a disease, it's just a situation. I get up in the morning, I take my vitamin E, I take my fish oils and and then I pop my pill and that's the end of that. I have to remember, 'Bitch, you're here for a reason. The main reason why I came here is I’m here for all those people so that you have somebody that you can look up to. There are people out there who love you and who support you. And if you don’t have anybody know that I love you and I support you. You have somebody that you can lean on."
Watch the revelatory episode, AFTER THE JUMP...
It's the most wonderful time of the year. We're at the point in the season when we see which queens really have it together, and which ones are just here for elimination fodder. It's the hap-happiest season of all. It's also time for one of the most enjoyable, hilarious challenges this show produces.
That's right, chickens: It's the snatch-snatchiest season of all. It's time for Snatch Game!
Get our take on the big winners (and big losers) from tonight's game, AFTER THE JUMP ...
RuPaul drives film legend John Waters in the latest episode of his automotive interview series.
Waters recently hitchhiked across the country (looking for perverts). He wrote a book about it that's coming out sometime in the future. Ru and Waters talk about his films, his casting, the movies he loves now, his favorite television shows, childhood's blown illusions, how kids rebel today, being an outsider, show business, and rejection.
"A no is free. It doesn’t cost you anything to ask for what you want.”
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
It took a lot less than 525,600 minutes to weed out who among our season six queens is not cut out for the theatre.
Tonight required the queens to sing, dance and act, (which, for some, is three more threats than they can usually claim). Plus, we learned next week will be many viewer's favorite episode, Snatch Game. It feels like the producers chose to frontload this season with acting challenges to knock some of our less talented contestants out early.
Did it work?
See who got sent packing (and proof that not all gay men are into musicals), AFTER THE JUMP ...
I ain't afraid of no ghosts, but it scares me to think that by season six these queens still haven't figured out that they're going to need to act at some point in the competition. They don't have to be Oscar-worthy, but they should at least know where the camera is.
Tonight's episode featured some paranormal dragtivity courtesy of a horror-themed challenge and guest judges Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Linda Blair (The Exorcist).
Turn your head back around and crab walk your way down to our weekly ranking of the queens, AFTER THE JUMP ...