TV Club: RuPaul’s Drag Race: “Prancing Queens”

After watching RuPaul’s Drag Race for eight seasons, it’s easy to forget just how strange this series is to the casual observer. The show makes regular appearances on E!’s The Soup because it is always willing to embrace absurdity as it toys with gender illusion, and this week’s episode takes it to another level as the queens perform bizarre dance numbers done up as half male, half female. It’s weird, but is it that much weirder than a draq queen political debate? Or an airplane safety video variety show? Maybe. Seeing two half-drag queens dancing the Charleston before twerking is pretty damn weird, but it’s moments like that that make me love this show.

“Prancing Queens” is entertaining, but it’s light on drama, a lot of which feels very manufactured. It’s also an episode that makes me wonder about the logistics of …

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