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Drag Race snubbed by Emmy committee despite fan support
After three seasons of laughter, tears and enough makeup to gag a Kardashian, Logo TV's smash hit RuPaul's Drag Racealmost garnered the critical attention it deserves.
Despite an awesome effort by Logo and fans of the show, The 63rd Primetime Emmy Award nominations came and went on July 14 with nary a mention of Ru or her televised love chid.
For those who don't know, Drag Race has been Logo's top-rated television program and must-watch TV for reality show junkies not afraid to watch Logo. After the groundbreaking series was nominated for a 2011 Critic's Choice Award, Logo fought valiantly to get Drag Race an "Outstanding Reality Program" Emmy nom as well as the show's illustrious host an "Outstanding Host for a Reality Program" nom.
And if you've ever seen the show, you'll understand why. The show is, in fact, genius television. These drag queens are inarguably some of the funniest, bitchiest, fiercest figures to ever traipse on to a stound stage. Their years of performance have taught them creativity, poise and cunning beyond anything Hollywood or college could ever provide.
And watching these "ladyboys" transform from their ordinary street clothes into their larger than life drag personas is half the fun. The other half is RuPaul.
RuPaul (born RuPaul Andre Charles) is the oversized, sequined heart of the show, the den mother and father figure at once, shepherding these young, impressionable queens through silly challenges that test their mettle and hone their wits.
Whether they're constructing outfits out of only wigs or "reading" one another in hilariously honest jabs at one other, it's all in good fun to see which contestant demonstrates the most queenly attributes.
After each show's runway fashion walk, Ru's celebrity guests offer their hysterical critiques. But it's ultimately RuPaul-- in all her regal accoutrements -- who makes the final decision of who stays and who sashays away.
The magic of the show lies squarely on the elegant shoulders of the able host who occupies the throne of a true pop culture legend after decades of being just outside the mainstream's peripherals. It's amazing this show wasn't made ages ago, but then Drag Race capitalizes on American entertainment's evolving openness to GLBTQ personalities.
Additionally, RuPaul's reigning status as a living legend in the drag world provides the show credibility and sensitivity toward its subjects. Because Ru is an insider, the show's perspective is affectionate rather than exploitative.
RuPaul effortlessly plays the advice-giving Tim Gunn role while dressed as a man and then slips into the Heidi Klum arbiter role of the show in gowns that would inspire furious envy in Frau Klum. And to top it off, Ru exceeds even the best bitchisms of Michael Kors by sprinkling his signature drag-twinged phrases and jokes throughout each episode. (Take THAT, Project Runway!)
Clearly, RuPaul deserves more than an Emmy nomination. She deserves our con-drag-ulations. Here's to next year, ladies.