1. RuPaul is teaching the children about our (pop-cultured) past
Host and mentor RuPaul often pulls out obscure references from the arcane crevices of pop culture's attic and dusts them off for our eager consumption and enjoyment. Nods are given to everything from classic camp cinema to kiddy pageants. However, RuPaul's most popular sound bites come from Paris is Burning, the celebrated 1990 documentary chronicling New York's ballroom drag scene. If you are confused by RuPaul's discussing topics like "banji girl realness," "snatching trophies" and "giving extraveganza eleganza," I demand you watch Paris is Burning immediately!
2. Voluptuous Beauty Realness is being served
Drag Race has been criticized by the show's fans in seasons past for not featuring a plus sized queen worthy of winning. That changed this year with the inclusion of Latrice "Motherf**king" Royale. Large and in-charge, Royale has been unofficially appointed as our sage spirit guide around the Drag Race track. With a booming laugh, gallons of rhinestones, and a razor sharp tongue, Royale is in this race for the long haul. Plus, she's shown us all that hand fans make every situation more fabulous.
3. Beautiful, Spooky, and Stupid
If Elvira, Peg Bundy, and Tammy Faye Baker had a drunken tryst and produced a wayward, illiterate lovechild, it would be contestant Sharon Needles. That whacky combination has produced one of Drag Race's breakout stars. Initially appearing as the odd queen out with her macabre look and saccharine '50s housewife voice, Needles has managed to adapt her character to every challenge the show has thrown at her with clever, quirky gusto, forever capturing the hearts (and souls) of fans.
4. The Redefinition of Reality TV's "bitch edit"
Anyone worth their weight in Kardashian hair extensions knows that every reality show needs an Alexis Carrington-approved Prime Time Bitch. This year we get our villain in Phi Phi O'Hara. As the season progresses, O'Hara's annoyance and cattiness with her fellow queens has been escalating to the point where the only feasible conclusion to her story arc is her head exploding, cartoon style, in a spectacular fit of rage.
5. Drag queens singing about vaginas
Although slightly off topic, I would be remiss if I didn't mention recently disqualified Drag Race contestant Willam's "Vagina Song," a hysterical YouTube parody music video of Bruno Mars' "Billionaire." It's been trapped in my head for weeks now, so check it out and get it seared in your brain too. You're welcome in advance.
RuPaul's Drag Race airs Mondays at 9pm on LOGO and online at Logotv.com. ■
Each issue, we will reach our hand in the pop-culture hat and draw out a whacky topic and recount five things that amuse, horrify, befuddle and amaze us and present it for your reading pleasure.