Looking Back At A Wild Season Of RuPaul’s Drag Race

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*NOTE* I was originally going to write about something else, but I procrastinated and I eventually turned my laptop off. Plus, I got some bad news, a family member’s wife passed away, and then I didn’t want to write anything at all. Yet, I just got this idea, so let’s go with it.

On May 6th, we will find out which queen captures the crown on RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 5 on LOGO. This season was probably the most dramatical (not a real word) so far. We had the old pageant rivals, Alyssa Edwards and CoCo Montrese bitching at each other, reluctantly working together, and in the end, they sort of finally healed their old wounds. We had a queen from my neck of the woods, Owensboro, Kentucky’s own Monica Beverly Hillz, who became the first contestant in Drag Race herstory to come out as transgendered during the competition. There was Serena Cha Cha, the upstart, who did the worst Raja impression ever, and her outfits were way worse. There were queens, Vivenne Pinay and Honey Mahogany, who underwhelmed and were sent home early. Ivyyyyyyyy Winters was really good, but she’s not quite a superstar yet. Then, we had RoLaskaTox.

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Each season has a sisterhood, but this one almost made it to the final three. There’s no doubt, all three are amazing queens. Just last week, I discovered this Detox performance after hearing about it on LOGO’s Elimination Lunch…

You’ll find about six versions of it, flawless, but seriously, what the hell was Detox thinking? She could’ve been in the final three if she had just stepped up her game more during the competition. Alaska, who auditioned for all previous seasons, has been the most pleasant surprise to watch. And yes, if she wins, she and her significant other and last season’s winner Sharon Needles will be the first ever Drag Race Royal Couple. Guess what? Alaska was NEVER in the bottom two this season. That’s impressive. Thus, Roxxy Andrews, along with Jinkx Monsoon (whom I think will win) will be challenging Alaska for the season 5 prize.

Roxxy Andrews. I don’t know where to begin. Is she fierce? Of course. Can she lipsync? Um, hell yeah! Watch this (yes, it’s taken from a TV, but who cares?)

She is a fierce performer, and there’s no doubt she’s a superstar, but…I can’t help but think of one of last year’s finalists when I see Roxxy.

'Memba me? (popbytes.com/logotv)

‘Memba me? (popbytes.com/logotv)

Phi Phi O’Hara had no chance in hell of winning last season and I’m afraid Roxxy will meet the same fate. So Roxxy is a pageant queen, fine. But, being a pageant queen doesn’t mean versatility. I will say Roxxy can out bitch Phi Phi on any day, plus, she’s a better queen. And just as Phi Phi ragged on Sharon last season, Roxxy has done the same with Jinkx. I love that Sharon has brought out the different queens, and Jinkx is definitely different. Is she totally polished? No, but she can create a character in seconds, and she has a great sense of humor.

Narcolepsy be damned! (issacritz.com/logotv)

Narcolepsy be damned! (issacritz.com/logotv)

Honestly, if Alaska were to win, I would be tickled to death, which is exactly how I felt if Chad Michaels had beaten Sharon. Oh and the general consensus when I asked on Get Glue if Roxxy was indeed this season’s Phi Phi? I got a lot of response, and they all agreed that Roxxy was a bigger bitch. In fact one user suggested maybe RuPaul should do a season of Drag Race with the most notorious bitches who have ever been in the competition. Bitch-Stars? It’s not a bad idea. I’ll file that one away in case Drag U doesn’t come back.

Who do you think will take the crown?

Discovering HBO’s GIRLS And Loving It (Possible Spoilers Ahead!)

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(songspub.com/hbo)

Living on my own has restricted my HBO viewing. Much like the twentysomething main characters in the HBO hit series Girls, I try to avoid a large cable bill. Thus I relinquished any premium channels, which is where some of the best original series rule the roost. I would mooch off my friends who did have HBO to watch True Blood, which was the only series I still indulged in. My parents recently gave up their premium channels, and for as long as I could remember, we ALWAYS had HBO. However, in the past two weeks, I took the bold step of subscribing to HBO and Cinemax for the next six months at a reduced rate. Why? Well, I really want to see Behind the Candelabrathe Liberace bio-pic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon next month. And hey, I may just watch True Blood in the comfort of my own home for a change. But there was one series I had always wanted to check out, the aforementioned Girls.

When you are totally obsessed with TV like I am, it’s hard to avoid reading about a show you haven’t seen yet or you may never see it. It’s like being lost out in the woods with no cell phone signal; everyone told you there is one, but you have to keep searching for it and investigating it. By the way, with my newly acquired HBO subscription, I have full access to the HBO GO app, which if I’m being totally honest, it’s what I really wanted. So I took advantage of my new app access and I watched almost the entire first season of Girls and I was impressed. Yes, creator/writer/director Lena Dunham is a genius storyteller and I’m totally buying into it, and I’m jealous. I’m jealous because Dunham is a little over ten years younger than me. I was once considered “gifted”. Watching this series really does inspire the writer in me to get off my ass, well, I would be technically sitting, and write something, anything, other than a blog. Later this past Saturday night, I finished season 2, whoa! Though I’ll admit the season 2 finale didn’t hit me as emotionally as it was supposed to.

All right, the basic premise of Girls is pretty simple. Dunham plays Hannah Horvath, who is a struggling writer, and in the pilot, while having dinner with her parents, they let Hannah know that they will no longer be supporting her financially. After all, Horvath and her friends live in New York, but not Manhattan, Brooklyn. I’ve never been to NYC, but something tells me, I would find the other boroughs scary, but delightful. I’m sure this comparison was made when the show premiered a year ago, but Girls is a much grittier Sex in the City, which I only saw glimpses of over its six seasons. And yes, Hannah would be Carrie, Marnie (Allison Williams) would be Miranda, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) would be Samantha, and Zosia Mamet would be Charlotte. Okay, they wouldn’t exactly match up, but there’s four in each core group. All of the leads are good, but I would be amiss if I didn’t sing the praises of Adam Driver, who plays Hannah’s on-again/off-again weirdo boyfriend Adam.

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Seriously, Adam is the real star of the show. He’s a constant, he’s horny, and he’s a for real idiot savant. I guess I should say his portrayal is the most real. Oh, and he doesn’t wear a shirt until halfway through the first season. I would say he’s possibly bipolar. It’s revealed in the last few episodes of season 2 that Hannah has major OCD, so bad that you probably read she cleans her ear so aggressively that she jabs a hole in her eardrum. Very painful to watch. Pressure, struggle, sex, and drugs are very clearly addressed. Another moment that almost made me heave, in an effort to come up with some freelance writing material, Hannah’s editor suggests that she experiment with cocaine. Okay, the part that made me sick, Hannah and her ex-boyfriend now gay/temporary roommate Elijah (Andrew Rannells) go on such a huge coke binge, they end up on their knees in a club bathroom snorting it and licking it off a toilet seat. I know it’s just a TV show, but I don’t even want to go there. However, it’s these moments where Dunham’s characters and writing shine. Is it a sitcom? It won the Golden Globe for Best TV Series-Musical or Comedy (I abhor that category), the series won Outstanding Casting in a Comedy Series at the last Emmy awards, and Dunham won Best Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy at the Globes. I would say there will be more awards in Girls’ future. It’s quirky, it’s blunt, it’s sexual, and it’s real.

On a personal note, I admire Dunham’s fearlessness in exposing her body. She’s zaftig, and her breasts are too small for such a voluptuous body. I can relate. My subscription is only temporary, but I’m going to try my damndest to keep HBO so I can see future seasons.

American Idol and North Korea In The Same Blog

I swear I go into every week thinking about one great thing to write about and then my non-diagnosed ADD kicks in. So, I’ll touch on a few things that have been on my mind, foreign and domestic.

Speaking of foreign…

"Um, not unless you have JAWS" (digitaltrends.com)

“Um, not unless you have JAWS” (digitaltrends.com)

Yes, North Korea’s new Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un has many aspirations of attacking someone other than South Korea, but why anyone would be concerned is beyond me. You can watch all those videos of N. Korea’s nelly-looking military, alas, don’t be frightened my babies. I think what’s more frightening is this propoganda video showing how Americans live. We apparently eat and drink a hell of a lot of snow. Do the N. Koreans really buy this nonsense? We all live in tents and abandoned buildings and it looks like we are rescued at the Disney monorail at the end. If anything, this video is a perfect plant for examining homelessness somewhere, I’m not sure all of that video was shot in the US. And although N. Korea has almost always been a dictatorship, the US will not intervene, at least not until we fear their weapons are stronger than a Nerf dart gun. Moving on…

That suit is so bad. (American Idol Facebook)

That suit is so bad. (American Idol Facebook)

I predict 2013 will be the year the American Idol ship finally sinks. Why? Well let’s begin with the sinking ratings. Idol’s target demographic (18-49) continues to abandon the reality monster every single week. Does it still come in at no. 1 every Wednesday night? You bet, but the show isn’t pummeling the competition like it used to. And for the first time, vote totals are really, really low. Despite the new SuperVote, which is where you can submit 50 votes online however you like, something or someone is still not bringing in hordes of numbers and viewers. My brief thoughts on the new judges. I like Keith Urban, but he’s very much a “yes man”. Viewers are not liking Nicki Minaj, but she is the best damn thing to happen to the show in 12 years. Okay, I still miss Mr. Cowell, but Minaj has mutated Cowell’s biting critcism, Paula’s incoherency, and Randy’s, well Randy’s nothing into real and honest critiques. And last, and certainly least, Mariah Carey has contributed nothing and they are paying her way too much to sit there and play with her hair. Well, she did contribute a fistful of glitter after (ICYMI) Candice Glover’s bad-ass cover of “Lovesong”. Golf clap for Mimi. And then, there’s this Lazaro problem. Here’s what I think is happening. Uncle Nigel (Lythgoe) is somehow manipulating the voting to where Lazaro, despite his poor-ass singing ability, yet “inspirational story” hook is keeping him around. It’s really embarrassing, yet how much behind the scenes prodding and manipulating is going on, no one really knows. And even though he has earned (?) a spot on the Idols Tour, there is no way in hell I would let him go out there every night and not only embarrass himself, but embarrass the Idol brand. I hope Kree Harrison, although she really needs to step up her performance style, wins, if not, Candice Glover for sure deserves it. But if Lazaro goes to the finale or wins? Mass viewer exodus will ensue.

Finally, I saw the new Evil Dead…eh.

 

 

 

Why The New Courtney Love (Cobain) E-Cig Commercial Matters

My title is obviously a little spirited, if not sarcastic. When I saw the TV spot for NJOY electronic cigarettes starring the latter-day Lindsay Lohan, I oohed and aahed and I flat out rejoiced. I’m not sure why I have a tiny thing for the Hole front woman, but I do. I used to have these risque’ Versace ad pics plastered to the ancient refrigerator in my ancient apartment.

I see boob! (fashionmodeldirectory.com)

I see boob! (fashionmodeldirectory.com)

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Loved it (vivaversace.tumblr.com)

Love (Cobain) is one of those interesting people/actresses/rock stars to observe. One minute, she espouses great intelligence and in the next, she blurts out sentence fragments. Some how all of this chaos culminates in this commercial, f-bomb, bad-assery, and everything in between.

So, is this Courtney’s comeback? Is it clever casting? Or is it someone who needs a few bucks? I would say at least two of my three speculations are true. Guess which two and you win nothing! Late April Fool’s joke. A-ha! An April Fool’s joke! Take that Carrie Fisher and Stephen Dorff!