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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Seattle Reacts to the Worst Decision RuPaul's Ever Made

Posted by on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Yeah, sure, its sunny in Seattle today. But heres how it feels on the inside.
  • Stormy Seattle/
  • Yeah, sure, it's sunny in Seattle today. But here's how it feels on the inside.

Gay Seattle lies under a dark cloud of shock, disappointment, and confusion today. Ben DeLaCreme has been eliminated. Oh shut up about spoilers—it's common knowledge now. Even Helen Keller knows. Just ask Helen: This season of RuPaul's Drag Race is fucking over. Done. Who will inevitably win the crown? Who gives a flaming bag of Chihuahua turds? Who DIDN'T win is the matter at hand here.


At this juncture there's been no word from the mayor's office, FEMA, or the International Red Cross, but here are some reactions from other local drag performers and related experts:

Gaysha Starr, drag empress
"This whole season is a disaster. Half of the queens shouldn't have been on there and as we were getting to know them they were eliminated in the wrong order. The editing has become so awful it discredits the queens for drama and attention. They caved into SheMail and RuPaul herself never bothered to address it. While Bianca deserves to win and should now with Ben leaving, RuPaul herself seems to favor Adore."

Olivia LaGarce, drag queen
"I WANNA CRY!! I had heard from a few people that she was gonna make top three! I can't believe Darienne got to have the satisfaction of sending Ben home. That just makes it so much worse! Her runway looks last night were SO terrible! Her final look looked like she had vagazzled her fupa and it went all the way to her knees! I am dead. Just dead."

Terry Miller, drag queen by association
"Season Finale as far as I'm concerned. This has been a pretty dull season with Ben being one of the only bright spots. My Mondays are now freed up. And remind yourself: this is a facking TV show we have been bamboozled into watching. Plus 20 minutes of commercials."

Dominic Holden, repressed drag queen
"I've never seen the show—I'm the only fag in Seattle who hasn't. I'm bad at being gay. Even my rainbows are gray. In unrelated news, I've always loved Ben. I heard he was once on the teevee."

Sarah Rudinoff, drag queen adjacent
"They write the narrative they want to write but this one was a shocker. I think they call it 'good TV.' The good news is—BenDeLaCreme is great live. I would be scared to death if I was in the finals but couldn't deliver when I went out in the world to do my thing. BenDeLa's song she sang at the viewing party last night at Century Ballroom was one of the best things I have seen her do—merging boy Ben and DeLa in a funny, unique, and smart way. This show let her show all her/his sides so amen for that."

Pakio Galore, drag queen costumer
"Booooo! Darienne!"

Major Scales (AKA Richard Andriessen), drag queen coconspirator
"It was like watching Passion of the Christ with Dela as the star. The good thing is, she has a plan. She has made herself a drag household name, and can now throw her wig's weight around the globe. I just can't wait to see her take what she does and make it bigger and better for a much wider audience."

Isaac Scott, drag queen hostess
"BenDeLa was the queen that changed drag for me. I had a very narrow view of what drag could and should be for a long time. When I got a chance to work and talk with Ben, I realized that drag really could be anything you wanted it to. She showed me there was more to it than I ever thought. As a result of this, I was very sad to see her go. I am however glad that the rest of the world got a chance to learn something from this fabulous human being and entertainer."

Adrian Ryan, me
"I could totally barf! I want to punch television in the chode! I've cried all the damn tears. Drama and ratings are wonderful things, I'll be the first to admit, but please don't put them before real and true talent. RuPaul! I'm looking at you. Ben was robbed! And everyone knows it. I'm signing this petition forthwith! And Ben? Good, night, sweet princess. You went down bravely and gloriously. We are all so damn proud of you."


Comments (15) RSS

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Kinda bitchy don't you think?
Posted by Joan Jett Blakk on April 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM · Report this
Gaysha Starr is really upset about them realizing that "SheMail" was pretty transphobic, and in context with the other things they were doing should go? Really?
Posted by Hanoumatoi on April 29, 2014 at 2:52 PM · Report this
I love Ben, but this season has been the pits. I haven't enjoyed it at all.
Posted by originalcinner on April 29, 2014 at 3:48 PM · Report this
jnmend 4

As someone who has been a big fan of Ben for years in his live performances, I can't say I ever thought he came off as terribly likable in this format. He's a very specific, burlesquey queen. He's a quiet introvert, and it resulted in a distinct lack of warmth from him throughout the season.

Go back and watch Season 5. Jinkx is INSTANTLY warm and likable, because there's much less of a wall between Jinkx the queen and Jerick. Ben has that wall very, very strongly built. And it shows.

Sure, he definitely deserved to stay on longer than fucking Courtney or Darienne. But when Bianca'a biggest problem is wearing a similar silhouette every week - something that RuPaul has been guilty of for 20 years now - I don't know how anyone thought Ben would beat her out.

But yeah, this season sucks.
Posted by jnmend on April 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM · Report this
kellyllek 5
so gay
Posted by kellyllek on April 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM · Report this
Maybe we can stop talking about drag race altogether now? Kinda beating a dead horse.
Posted by SO OVER IT on April 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 7
How in the goddess's name will they ever RuPent for this??
Posted by Original Andrew on April 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM · Report this
Can we rename Darienne "The Queen Who Stayed too Long"?
Posted by Sad Panda on April 29, 2014 at 4:29 PM · Report this
I'm from Seattle and didn't even realize she was from here. She was my least favorite of the bunch less. Guess it's different if you're not biased. Bianca and Adore are my favorites.
Posted by SeattleJakey on April 29, 2014 at 5:42 PM · Report this
Mattini 10
Ben had a good run, but this season belongs to Bianca and Adore.

And whether you think so or not, it's still shitty to post spoilers above the jump.
Posted by Mattini on April 29, 2014 at 5:57 PM · Report this
Brandon Arkell 11
Dominic Holden is a h-h-h-homosexical??
Posted by Brandon Arkell on April 29, 2014 at 9:19 PM · Report this
You've got to appreciate the screed she left on the mirror for Darienne to clean up. That's an amazingly passive-aggressive move. Seattle!
Posted by BagBag on April 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM · Report this
It was a ridiculous decision. Adore has the charisma & the edit, but she hasn't brought the polish & talent to enough episodes to be a real contender with Bianca & Ben. I thought Bianca was a lock for the win, but I thought Ben was unquestionably top two material.
Posted by BugsySays on April 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 14
This season has probably been the worse season. The queens all were dull, boring and safe. There's been nothing shocking on the runway and the "drama" in the workroom is faker than Michelle's tits.

If RuPaul's Drag Race was to appear on the Disney Channel this is what you would get, something so sanitary that any corporation would be proud to be a sponsor. And it seems the bigger the guest judges are the cleaner and safer the show gets.

I used to love this show (it peaked during season 3-4-5) but like most shows, it has a shelf life and it's time to pack up your wigs and try something else.

PS: I would have send ALL of the queens home by episode 2: they all bored me to death. Where is Sharron Needles or Jinnx or Raja!?!?!?
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on April 30, 2014 at 3:32 AM · Report this
Disagree with Jinkx. She was not warm or likeable; she came off has having a chip on her shoulder, hence why the aggressive Roxxxy picked on her. There are people who don't like Jinkx, believe it or not. Season 5 was a bore all the way through.
Posted by uh-uh on May 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM · Report this

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