RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11: Who Wins?

I know this is the one and only blog I write every year, so here we are again.

I’ll start with this, I think I’m finally sick of ‘Drag Race’.


It’s not that it isn’t entertaining anymore, but the results seem more and more contrived each season. I mean, Vanjie had to face her boo Brook Lynn to get to the top 4; that moment was planned from the start, it had to be. Silky getting to the top 4? Totally produced, but it’s good to note Silky makes good TV. Her shenanigans got really tired just a couple of episodes in, yet, she persisted.

Will Silky win? Maybe, I think this year is a little more clear cut although I could totally see Yvie Oddly, Brook Lynn Hytes, or A’keria C. Davenport winning. At this point, I’m #TeamYvie but I could see A’Keria sneaking in and snatching it. Yes, for the first time, there will be ONE queen of color winning the competition. I just remembered the other day, Monet and Trinity tied on All-Stars 4. UGH!

By the way, the rumor mills are churning over who is coming back for All-Stars 5, which will supposedly start shooting next month. The point is, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is a juggernaut that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Oh, your Miss Congeniality of season 11?


Nina West of course. All-Stars 5? Maybe.

That’s all I have to say about that. See you in 2020!


Who Wins Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race?


Okay, so apparently WordPress won’t let me upload a real season 10 cast photo or any other I guess licensed image. Oh well. Churn that butter bitch!

Here we are with another big girl, Eureka O’Hara, in the final four and she can win, but will she fall short? I’m not a fan of the new format Ru uses to determine a winner. Although lip syncing should be the ultimate drag skill, paging Valentina, it’s not fair for a queen who clawed her way to the finale with more than just a jump into the splits.

And, as has been tradition for a while now, they shoot each queen winning the crown, then edit it to show who really won and the said winner finds out live at an event in her honor or she’s probably hosting it.

Of course this season wouldn’t have been worth a damn if not for….

Let’s get real, unless Eureka can really turn it out, Aquaria will win. Do not get me started on Kamron Michaels. She’s the Valentina of this season, not because of her lip syncing, she’s fierce, but because of her aloof attitude. As cool as it would be to have a queen from an area I know well win, it’s not happening this year. Poor Asia O’Hara will have to settle for third place, in other words, forgettable. I hate that for her too.

Miss Congeniality is a tough call this year, but I would give it to either Monet X Change or Monique Heart OR Miz Cracker. Cracker was ROBBED! She will be one of the queens who didn’t win or place in the top 4 who we’ll still be talking about long after the finale.

We probably won’t see another All-Stars season for another year. I give Season 10 a 9.7.


The Walking Dead Issue

October 31, 2010. I remember it like it was just yesterday. Okay, not really but I assume it was a Sunday night. Halloween had to be moved to Saturday.

AMC premiered The Walking Dead and the first scene was eerie and extremely memorable.

What went from there was nearly eight whole seasons of shocking deaths and incredible make-up effects. But what happened? Did the show get too wrapped up in its source content, the graphic novels? Or did it just try to top itself by pulling too much away from the original narrative?

I have to be honest. The show I’ve loved from that Halloween night in 2010 has started to lose me. Well, it’s lost me in frustration for the past two seasons. I still watch it on account it’s appointment television, but I question whether I really should invest in the stories anymore. And boy are there way too many stories!

Any story, bad or good, has to have a conflict or an obstacle that pushes its protagonists to overcome the bad and it hopefully pushes them to move forward. I’m not sure how forward the show has moved in the past few years. I think a lot of the exhaustion has to do with how many seasons we’ve come. After the fifth season, a show really needs something more than stunts to keep its avid audience coming back.

Here’s my complaint, Carl has not died yet in the graphic novels, yet the show took another route to shock viewers (by the way, why wait until the second half of the season’s first episode to have the death finally happen???) and frustrate comic fans. Simply put, actor Chandler Riggs is 18 and he’s ready to move on to maybe college and perhaps establish an identity and a career outside of Carl.


And I hate to be heartless, but Carl’s death didn’t really hit me in the feels. It should have been more devastating because he’s been there from the start. Is it because he got older? Is it because he became the voice of reason? Then the tired “no one is safe” trope creeps in and I have to sigh. Of course no one is safe, it’s a zombie apocalypse!

Another thing, so with Carl’s vision, is the show supposed to have a happy ending? It wouldn’t be the worst thing but it also would never really resolve the never ending hordes of zombies issue. Were we just manipulated into thinking the show will end with Negan working in harmony with Rick?!? <sigh>

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Who Will Win? Who Cares?


It pains me to write this, but I know a lot of you out there agree with me. This season was very less than or it sucked! I keep trying to figure out why it just didn’t pop like all the others, including All-Stars. The biggest change this season, it aired exclusively on VH1; a little problematic, especially that pre-show aka “Fierce Fridays” with Wendy Williams which after a few weeks mysteriously disappeared. Good move, but it couldn’t save the lack of excitement.

The season started with Lady GaGa finally making her ‘Drag Race’ debut as a mystery queen then as a judge in a challenge that one, RuPaul didn’t dress in drag for, and two it brought back Cynthia Lee Fontaine, the CuCu. Sadly, not Queen CuCa.



And don’t get me started on Valentina. Did she have the best shot to win? Yes, alas.


Valentina is an example of what happens when you totally think you’ll win and you don’t prepare. Lip syncing is THE essential drag queen skill, such horseshit! The fact she won Miss Congeniality made me more angry. It was fan-voted, it was fair but I don’t agree. I voted for Eureka who will be coming back next season due to her early exit for knee surgery. Thus, we still wait for a big queen to take the crown. Sigh.

I’ll just cut to the chase, here is who I want to win:

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Shea Coulee’ slayed this season. It’s not that I don’t think Sasha Velour (who is rumored to be the winner), Peppermint, and Trinity Taylor aren’t worthy, Shea just brought it a little harder, and she can dance!

I’m praying next up is an All-Stars season. Season 10 better be better.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Who Will Win Season 8?


Okay, so Bob The Drag Queen has been sort of cut out of this group photo. The “purse first” pose, she is there (right hand side). Here we are again, only this time, the decision will be a nail biter. This year’s queens weren’t all underwhelming, but a few were just there and they just didn’t pop. If Acid Betty wasn’t such a bitch, she would’ve had a better shot at making the final three. Robbie Turner was the weakest Seattle queen to ever appear on the show. Cynthia Lee Fontaine was entertaining, but she was so not self-aware. She might even win Miss Congeniality.

Last year, I was wrong about Ginger Minj taking the crown. Honestly, Violet Chachki winning was a surprise. This season’s final three present a similar set of skills as last year’s top 3. Bob is the comedy queen, Kim Chi is the painted for the Gods queen, and Naomi Smalls is Violet Chachki 2.0. Based on this initial analysis, I take the crown out of Naomi’s hands, no offense, but I want a more well-rounded queen to win this year.


I like Bob a lot. She’s funny, clever, and she’s shady. Where she falls short is in glamour. Her looks were good, but I can’t remember a big stand-out runway moment for her. Another aspect which makes Bob attractive is her activism, which is an element not often mentioned on Drag Race. She’s a queen for change, not just dollar bills in the club. If Bob doesn’t win, it won’t matter, she will be in high demand everywhere, but I do give her a slight edge to take the crown.


Kim Chi is this season’s wild card. She has beauty and she has the creativity of a modern artist. On these points alone, she should win. No she’s not graceful, she’s a big girl, but really, that’s all that’s holding her back. Kim Chi also brings the story of hiding drag from her family. Yeah, it will be a photo finish.

Who wins Miss Congeniality? Throw a dart. I’m leaning Chi Chi DeVayne or Thorgy Thor. That’s all I got, I say either Bob or Kim Chi wins…until next year…



‘I Am Cait’ Left Me Entertained Yet Unsatisfied


Okay, first off, I think Caitlyn Jenner is an important transgender figure. She has the distinction of being the highest-profile person to ever reveal her true self. It all has a great ring to it, but somehow, her “journey” documented on ‘I Am Cait’ fell short and I don’t think it was totally her fault.

Here’s what should have happened. Jenner does the interview with Diane Sawyer and then, she should have gracefully stepped away from the spotlight. However in Hollywood at the E! network, where Jenner already has a built-in relationship, it just wasn’t going to happen. The idea to forge ahead with an eight-part “docu-series” was already set into motion most definitely before the big interview. Supposedly, other known transgender women, such as Candis Cayne, Jenny Finney Boylan, Chandi (love her!), etc. were “cast” to be Jenner’s gal pals. Now, I won’t deny that one or maybe all of these women were willing to reach out to Caitlyn off-camera, but E! wouldn’t have it that way. I hate to think they all saw dollar signs instead of their integrity to the community. This is why there should have been a some time away for everyone involved instead of riding rough shot into production.

My biggest problem with ‘I Am Cait’ was that all of the situations were treated as these rushed/forced benchmarks that had to be checked off and edited into a one-hour episode every week. For example, in the very first episode, Jenner goes to speak to the family of a transgender boy who committed suicide, which is still an unfortunate route those who seek acceptance and then they are rejected take. I’m not sure that should have been a first episode venture. If I were producing, which is such a loose term in reality TV, I would have maybe tackled that subject say, in the back half of episodes, maybe even in the last one. And it wouldn’t be an E! show without Kardashians popping in and out. Did they have the right to be a little miffed about Jenner’s Vanity Fair article? of course. I generally don’t hold the girls or their mother (we’ll get to her later) in high regard, but they did their segments on the show, and they were good/fair, no harm no foul considering what network they aired it on.

Now if you watched Jenner’s interview with Sawyer, she said she was Republican, which then we saw an episode where she was invited to the Abbey, the biggest gay bar in West Hollywood, for a night out with Candis and men were gyrating and such. She was uncomfortable, probably not completely on the basis of her traditional thinking, but because it was televised. Oh, don’t get me started on “The Dating Game” episode. Geez! You’re telling me in the time frame this was all filmed the producers actually expected Caitlyn to go full-on into the dating world? Please. What was even more unnerving in the episode is where Jenner was speaking with Boylan and said something to the effect of she wanted to be respected by a man to feel more like a woman. I shake my head. I think Jenner pulling back yet willing to discuss the subject would have been better served if the she had taken a year off, especially when Ellen grilled her on gay marriage. Will her views change in a year? Maybe, maybe not. I have reservations on whether or not Jenner should be a transgender spokesperson; again, take more than few months and a reality show crash course to educate yourself.

Finally, Jenner’s “big confrontation” with her ex Kris was okay. I think the issues discussed were pretty serious, but there they were, all for the world to see. And that’s what Kris wanted,  I don’t think her reasons for agreeing to meet Caitlyn on-camera were anything but cordial, yet I sensed she wanted to take a tiny bit of the spotlight away. I’ve found the Kardashian camp’s reaction to Caitlyn very interesting. They’ve been supportive, considering the speedy timeline this has all taken to unfold. I hope they continue to play nice. I truly loved the show, because it was entertaining and it was interesting to see Jenner exploring her new self. I just wish the more serious content could’ve been extended and not edited.

Here’s is Jenner’s latest blog post about the show and her experiences so far; it’s a good read, “What I’ve Learned”.  I’m eager to see what the year left and the years ahead bring.

The False Martyr



For two-plus months, same-sex and straight couples in Rowan County, Kentucky have been unable to obtain marriage licenses. County Clerk Kim Davis, an elected public official, has chosen her almighty God’s authority as a reason to not issue the licenses. What has ensued has been one ridiculous and extremely intolerant ride for those couples who, according to the Supreme Court, have the right to get legally married.

Now being a Kentucky resident myself, I knew this decision would be met with road blocks. The main road block being religion. All of this could’ve been very simple, if a certain Country Clerk, well, there’s 3 total who still won’t issue licenses, would just step down and resign, no harm done. Kim Davis has become the face (ugh!) of the Kentucky clerks who would rather be jailed or be fined than step down. If she’s trying to achieve martyrdom, she’s going to be very disappointed in a couple of days. I mean, the video from this morning seals the contempt of court charges against her.

“God’s authority”, not smart Kim, not smart girl. What’s even more hilarious are these excerpts from her statement after the filmed confrontation

“Some people say I should resign, but I have done my job well.” Um, no you haven’t. You’ve broken the law for the past two months. Nice try at throwing “we have a surplus” in there, no one cares about that.

“In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.” When did public office become a church? And if her “godly mother-in-law” had the dying wish to spread bigotry and intolerance, mission accomplished!

“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.” Wrong, it violates the law a hell of lot more. But hey, who would give up their conscience for $80,000/year? Not Kim.

“I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned – that conscience and religious freedom would be protected.” What Founders is she talking about? I don’t think it’s the Founding Fathers.

Here’s what’s really sad, even though she and her deputy clerks have been ordered to appear in court later this week, Davis and her religious liberty lawyers will try to come up with an excuse to delay it. However, since she actually crawled out from under her rock, I mean her desk and made clear her views in the video above, maybe she will hike her skirt up and finally face the music.

On a personal note, I used to work with a Penecostal woman who struggled constantly with her sexuality. At the time, I still wasn’t sure about coming out myself. We were totally different, but the same. Whatever her opinion on the Rowan Co. situation is, I hope she is happy.

You Can’t Remove Everything and Make Everybody Happy

I’m going to preface this by writing about another controversial removal. When longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno wasn’t totally up front about Jerry Sandusky’s molestation, he was fired, and seven months after his death in 2012, his statue outside Beaver Stadium was removed as was all of his wins, 409, which were accumulated from 1998 until his dismissal. *Earlier this year, the NCAA reinstated 111 of those wins as part of a settlement stemming from a lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania State Senator.

It’s simple, you and everybody else can remove all symbols of the Confederacy, but it won’t erase what its primary goal is with the call to remove the flag from the South Carolina state grounds which is racism and segregation. Is the Confederate flag “a part of history”? Yes. The Civil War, the Confederate States, it’s all history. Yes, the flag, a statue of Jefferson Davis, a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, they are all symbols of that time in history, but they are objects.

Personally, when I see a Confederate flag I think of a couple of things. I think of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard” and the General Lee Pontiac GTO. I think of the time I went to see Hank Williams Jr. in concert and I saw a truck with a huge rebel flag flying out of the bed. I’m from Kentucky and although we were neutral during the Civil War, a good majority of folks will tell you Kentucky is a part of the South. I know we all talk a little funny, myself included, so to an extent, I agree with that view. What I don’t agree with is the Confederate flag being used as a prop for the KKK. It’s a prop for down and dirty hate. It’s a sign of stubborn values built on the foundation of a war that ended 150 years ago. It’s a double edge sword of pride and of shame.

Will anything be ultimately resolved if all the Confederate symbols are removed? Absolutely not. It all boils down to freedom of expression weighted with a good healthy dose of empathy. In other words, we may not agree, but we both have the right to express how we feel about the rebel flag, the gay pride flag, Nazi symbolism, selfie sticks, Rachel Dolezal (where did she go?!?) and so forth. You have to understand where everyone is coming from, whether you think it’s right or wrong, and for God’s sake, have some respect!

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Who Will Capture The Crown?

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Another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is almost over and this is truly going to be a coronation for the ages. Why? Because this is the first time in a couple of seasons there is no clear winner. Let’s be honest, with the exception of Jinkx Monsoon’s win two seasons ago, there has never been this much doubt going into the finale.

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Since I’ll forget, let’s go ahead and award this season’s “Miss Congeniality”. At first, I was thinking Trixie Mattel, but when Katya was sent packing Top 5 week, I mean come on. She was clearly this season’s most hilarious queen. Her runway look descriptions were priceless.

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If Katya had made the top 3, she had a really good chance at winning. However, somehow Kennedy Davenport skated through the entire season when, in my opinion, she should’ve been gone weeks ago. Her bold “Snatch Game” choice of Little Richard, which was brilliant, saved her.

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Alas, Kennedy did NOT make the final three. In no particular order, because I have no idea what the hell is going to happen.

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Yes, Pearl, flazeda, and the like. If you are going to pick someone who has come a long way throughout the course of the competition, then she should win. She may go down in herestory as the cutest boy out of drag ever.

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However, it’s not “RuPaul’s Cutest Boy Race”. I wouldn’t be shocked if she did win; she seems to have a lot of social media support.

Violet Chachki is very young, but very smart in terms of knowing her drag. She’s a true illusionist. I mean, this, dead.

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I’d say Violet is the dark horse, and I’m crossing all my fingers, hands, legs, and toes, praying Ginger Minj takes the crown.


Believe it or not, a big girl could win season 7. Ginger is hilarious, savvy, and she knows how to make it work. And she gave us all a new catch phrase.

I flood my basement

So, I’m not going to toss a coin, I’m going to break it down this way. Who should win? Ginger Minj. Who will win? Maybe Pearl.

Let’s just pray that rumored season 2 of Drag Race All-Stars comes to fruition.