Look, amidst all the hard-won praise over Jinkx’s flawless Little Edie, let’s not just dash over the fact that her “Very Mary Kate” was perfection!
Man, this year’s queens are killing me. It is truly baffling that none of them were familiar with Grey Gardens. That Ivy’s Marilyn couldn’t catch a piece of that soft-ball “you’re into politics?” gag that Ru lobbed her way, didn’t try to do the voice, or add any visible curves was beyond shameful — she was more like a young, unfunny Carol Channing than anything else. And if you were Ivy, how the hell are you not going to do Julia Roberts? COME ON.
Jade is just an awful human being; Alyssa reminds me of a dance mom who is living through her teenaged daughter’s success, except that her daughter is just an imaginary version of herself; and Coco is a horror. He’s always trying to play too young, both as a little girl in drag, and that weird teenage boy look he’s aping out of it — and it comes off as creepy and vaguely threatening more than anything else.
Rolaskatox… sigh. I don’t have a real problem with any of them… but they’re just leaving me cold. Of them all, Alaska is pretty solid. That Lady Bunny was terrific, and the eyes… just wow. It was like Lady Bunny as channeled by way of Kristen Ulve. Alaska is funny, love her personality, but I just don’t think she makes sense as the winner (from a television programming perspective). Roxy just seems like a cul-de-sac of a performer. I just feel… lukewarm towards her. Detox has so much talent and that’ll probably come through later in the competition, but like Willam, there’s a certain darkness there that I think will work against her in the end.
When it comes down to it, and as stated on Inventaire earlier today, Jinkx is really the only one who I can feel any real affection for. She is human, and smart, and so funny — I don’t know if she makes sense as the winner either, but she is definitely the queen I’m rooting for.
This is probably way too intense for a discussion brought on by reality television, but… whatever. Last year I felt like Sharon was bringing something fresh to the whole thing, and was desprate to see someone like her win, especially over the hollowness of the likes of Tyra or Bebe (or the assholishness of PhiPhi). I guess when it comes to drag queens, I want someone who seems more at home in a John Waters film than on MTV. Sharon’s drag persona seemed like less of an act and more like an animated critique and caricature, she seemed like she could step out of herself and tell it to you straight, whatever it might be.
But Jinkx… seems like something altogether different. Jinkx Monsoon feels less like a persona and more like an identity. And while there have certainly been quirky/smart queens before her, I think what she’s doing has more in common with Pandora Boxx than, say, Tammie Brown. While the other queens this season present their looks and their showmanship up for appraisal, Jinkx seems like she is putting her self out there and on the line. She’s quiet and kindly, and there’s a air of tragedy there that really makes her charming and lovable. And while there are some critical flaws there, don’t we need a queen like Jinkx right now? An underdog for the underdogs?
I think, when all is said and done, the real value of Drag is found in a performer and mouthpiece that knowingly and willingly lives astride the threshold of several worlds. And Jinkx, more than any other queen this season, seems born to fill that roll.
So yeah this is a day or three late, but whatever I’m sure none of you would complain about more Jinkx Monsoon. LISTEN. The comparison to Pandora Boxx is totally valid, but I think Jinkx KNOWS she should be more polished, whereas Boxx kinda resigned herself to only knowing how to dress tacky. What I TRULY want, is for Jinkx to wise-up to how the competition works, and stare at Roxxy and the like while they do their make up and accessorize. And then maybe, JUST MAYBE, Jinkx could pull through. Because the difference between you and Sharon, honey, is Sharon delivered ‘glamour’ and all it’s cliche’s in episode 2. Had you gotten your red wig in order instead of making it a throwaway runway gag, you’d have Visage off your case. Please don’t let me down Monsoon. You named yourself after Eddie Monsoon, I need you to stay. So instead of letting the water roll off a ducks back, maybe just absorb it a little. Okay cool thanks, now we just had a real discussion about RuPauls Drag Race - this is the world we live in. Don’t you love it?