RuPaul puts herself at the center of Drag Race’s Cher tribute

RuPaul often speaks about fighting the ego, but that doesn’t mean she’s not self-centered. RuPaul Charles is at the top of a sprawling drag empire, and the mononymous RuPaul is the supermodel of the world. She’s had to control her ego to get to where she is now, but now that she’s the queen, she’s letting her ego come…

RuPaul’s Drag Race reveals the dangers of being generous in a competition

Being helpful to other contestants on a reality TV competition is a smart way to build alliances and ingratiate viewers to your character, but you have to put yourself first. Asia O’Hara learns this the hard way on tonight’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has the queens serving three looks on the runway for “The Last Ball…

RuPaul’s Drag Race delivers drama, sisterhood, and a killer lip sync

Competitive drama and sisterly support are in a constant conflict on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and even though these queens are part of the show’s drag sisterhood, they’re still fighting for $100,000 and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. “Tap That App” is an episode that highlights this shifting emotional dynamic,…

Trixie Mattel on Kacey Musgraves and why she’s “still scared of RuPaul”

A country music-loving drag queen who’s been a perennial favorite of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Trixie Mattel finally got her just deserts earlier this spring when she (spoiler alert!) won All Stars season three. Though the win has been controversial among Shangela stans, it was well-deserved, as Mattel has not only risen…

10 tolerable—even enjoyable—uses of product placement in pop culture

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

An odd Drag Race challenge is redeemed by the queens’ outstanding chemistry

It’s hard to come up with new challenges for a reality show that has been around for 10 seasons (plus 3 All Stars seasons), which explains why this week’s RuPaul’s Drag Race has a parody lip-sync extravaganza revolving around pharmaceutical commercials. I give the writers credit for thinking outside of the box with…

RuPaul’s Drag Race delivers 10s across the board with an exhilarating premiere

Fear not, squirrelfriends. After a disappointing season of All Stars, RuPaul’s Drag Race is back on its A-game with “10s Across The Board,” a thrilling, hilarious premiere introducing an exciting lineup of new queens while honoring the show’s past for this milestone season. The new girls eliminate the staleness of All…

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Kristin Chenoweth can’t save Drag Race’s humdrum All Stars Snatch Game

It’s a bad sign when a guest judge is the best thing about an episode of Drag Race, but Kristin Chenoweth does get much more than the usual guest in “All Stars Snatch Game.” Peeved that no drag queen has ever impersonated her in the seasonal Snatch Game challenge, Chenoweth decides that she’ll just join the panel…

Drag Race’s The Bachelor parody is so good it should be its own show

Drag Race comedy challenges rarely leave me begging for more, but “The Bitchelor” deserves to be a Burning Love-style series on WOW Presents Plus. This parody of The Bachelor assigns each drag queen a different dating show archetype and pairs them up to improvise scenes with Unreal’s Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and I…