Analysis Of Rupaul 's Drag Race Essay

2204 Words Dec 1st, 2016 9 Pages
RuPaul 's Drag Race is one of many American reality competition television shows that debuted in 2009. The show focuses on drag queens and their ability to showcase their “charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent” through a variety of challenges: acting, costume construction, modelling, fashion forwardness and more are assessed by a panel of judges, including host and titular drag superstar, RuPaul. Drag queens have always been central to the lgbtq rights movement, tied to the Stonewall riots and existing as hypervisible queer folk, so queens occupy a political space that questions gender, performance, identity, and art. As a consequence of this, sometimes these projected voices drown out and actively harm other members of the various communities, including lgbtq community, people of colour, women and feminists, that support them. Nowhere is this more apparent than in RuPaul 's Drag Race, especially in a banned segment from season six called “Female or Shemale?”, and overwhelmingly in season seven, episode eight. In this particular episode, the contestants were instructed to create characters for a short photoshoot of women in prison, and later on in the episode, paired off with an eliminated contestant to create the illusion of conjoined twins. RuPaul 's Drag Race actively silences the experience of violence from trans women, women in the prison industrial complex and those impacted by the pathologized creation of disability, through the employment of commodity feminism and…

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