Welcome Back, Trashcans!
So wasn’t it surreal and strange and maybe awful that John Waters, Pride of Baltimore, turned up on Drag Race the same day as Freddie Gray’s funeral turned into a massive riot in Baltimore? I know you don’t come to TrashTalkTv for that kind of news, but I just had to acknowledge this fact before I jump into things. Sigh.
Let it be known that I LOVE JOHN WATERS. As a young gay of about 6 or 7, I had a copy of Hairspray at my mom’s house and a copy at my dad’s house, and watching it on repeat was the way I processed their divorce and developed my gay sensibility (there were some Bette Midler movies like Ruthless People and Outrageous Fortune thrown in there, too). I’m happy that Divine is finally getting her due on this show – Ru calls her the original Drag Superstar. Sometimes I have geriatric fits and I worry that younger folk aren’t familiar with her. I love that John Waters is still relevant, and that Ru introduced these films to new folks who may not know that John Waters had a disgusting and wonderful career prior to Hairspray.
So now we are down to the final 7, and the queens are starting to get along. There’s a sort of mutual respect growing as they weather the runway, and the cattiness is shifting. They’ve known each other long enough now that if they have an issue with someone, it’s based in something other than surface judgments about what kind of drag someone does at home. This week, Fame is spinning out of control. It is clear from the beginning of this episode that her head will be on the chopping block. She starts out the episode calling Pearl’s looks “off the rack.” While there may be some truth to this, Fame still doesn’t seem to understand that it’s not just about look, despite being told this several times. If queens were only judged on makeup videos, she’d definitely win. But because this show wants a well-rounded queen, she has been suffering.
This week, the library is open! Despite having some bitchy girls this year, the reads were mostly just ok. I think Katya, Trixie, and Violet were the funniest. Pearl calling out Ru at the end was funny. Anyway, Trixie wins a sequins dress.