Is everyone else this overjoyed that Rupaul’s Drag Race (arguably the best thing to ever happen to reality television) is airing a second All Stars season, starting tonight?
As the show has brought drag to primetime televison, it somehow doesn’t feel quite as transgressive anymore. That certainly doesn’t mean it can’t be surprisingly smart and undeniably entertaining. And the first All-Stars season was especially good because of on queen: Tammie Brown.
One of the first-ever RPDR contestants, Tammie managed to subvert all the expectations of reality tv, often to surreal ends. When she didn’t feel like participating in a challenge, she didn’t. When the other contestants were supposed to throw shade at each other for dramatic backstage footage, she veered their attention-grabbing tactics off course with bizarre outbursts.
In a race characterized by an obsession with glamour, Tammie Brown just aimed to be really, really weird and self-aware. And even though she ended up getting voted off the island faster than other queens, she sashayed-away a far more memorable personality than many a “top 3” finalist. I hope this season of All Stars lives up to the last one, but without Tammie, it’s hard to imagine it can.
For the past month or so, my boyfriend and I have had this inside joke thing where one of us will surprise the other with an animated GIF of AB Soto dancing whenever one of us is sad or stressed-out or otherwise feeling blue. It’s uncanny how effective Soto’s dancing is at instantly cheering us up. Like, it’s impossible to gaze upon this glittery master of cha-cha and not smile.
If our household is any indication, I’m guessing most of the AFC community is having a really rough Monday. We’re all still grieving the 50, mostly Latinx, queer people who were murdered in Orlando yesterday morning. And most of the internet seems to have an agenda that’s anything but helpful to the healing process. But it’s probably healthy to give your face’s crying/arguing muscles a break. To that end, I’m sharing my cheering-up secret strategy with you all. Here’s a collection of AB Soto dancing GIFs that are guaranteed to make you smile. We all need some queer Mexican-American sparkle magic to remind us that the world isn’t entirely horrible, and that gay nightlife is totally worth fighting for, no matter how scary going out seems right now.
More than a dozen dancing AB Soto GIFs, after the jump:
When Cindy Sherman collaborated with MAC last year, we weren’t sure the new make up line would sell. Blue-eyeshadowed clowns weren’t trending. We assume somebody must have bought the stuff though because now there's a line of Andy Warhol-inspired cosmetics.
It’s very hard to comment on a list ranking anything — beer, Star Wars movies, or art world figures — without negotiating some serious sass fallout. When reading comments to the 2011 Power 100, published today by Art Review, I thought of tuning my ear by spending a few minutes listening to the trash talk that follows a competition on Drag Race. What would people have to say if Dasha Zhukova gave RuPaul a “bad girl” makeover? Or if Takashi Murakami could talk about how funky his chicken is? And who wouldn’t want to see Damien Hirst lip-sync to the Stacy Q song “Two of Hearts?”