As RuPaul and her children often remind us, RuPaul’s Drag Race is the Olympics of drag. The competition is a test of endurance, skill, and patience. These attributes don't even begin to scratch the surface of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. To survive is difficult, and to rise above the rest is nigh impossible.
Well, in theory. If we’ve learned anything from watching the Olympics of drag, everyone knows all of these metrics are thrown out the window when RuPaul gets into a mood or the other queens have a score to settle. In addition to showcasing their skills, the queens also need to be likable and able to appeal to Ru’s sensibilities.
The audience only gets to see a highlighted selection of events that transpire in the workroom and on the runway, leaving the questionable editorial decisions up to mass speculation. The internet flies into a frenzy, wild judgments are made, threats are sent to whichever queen sent home our favorites, and everyone cries out in unison: It’s rigga morris, girl.
In a way, there has been a secondary shadow competition this entire time - who got the most robbed?