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henslegs:

Jinkx Monsoon
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?

henslegs:

Jinkx Monsoon

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?

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bradofarrell:

There’s this thing in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy where the universe is so expansive that they no longer need to manufacture things because it already exists somewhere. Rather than making screwdrivers, they just go to a planet where screwdrivers grow on trees. The universe is nearly infinite and technology is as such that they have an index of every naturally occurring resource and they mine the natural world for things rather than manufacturing things.

I think we’re at a time now with the ubiquity of cameras where stories that are comparable to fiction are documented often enough to be a reasonable substitute for fiction. I’m not AT ALL saying that there’s no place for  real fiction and that we should all be watching vlogger sketches instead of 30 Rock because obviously that’s a ridiculous statement. I’m saying that reality TV can evoke emotional responses akin to fiction and it’s a worthwhile medium.

There are certain people like The Gregory Brothers and Allison Grodner at Big Brother and whoever is running development at TLC who have tapped into this new space of capturing organic stories that happen in real life. Reality TV can be really amazing when there isn’t a dramatic conceit in the outset, but rather a premise where something interesting is likely to happen, and then it’s edited and packaged in a way where the footage is consumable as a fictional drama. That is not the same thing as contriving a fake dramatic situation, as was often the case with early-90s reality TV.

Kai from the “smash Smash SMASH" video is such a great character. Even if you watch 100% of the news footage, you’re just aware of the facts of the situation, and you don’t get an emotional response to the situation until it’s packaged in a dramatic way by the Gregory Brothers. Which is analogous to how fiction works, too, isn’t it? A plot outline is nothing and a dramatic execution of that plot outline is everything. The raw footage is nothing - but then it’s edited together in a way where it uses filmmaking techniques to present the drama of the story to you in a way that you’re accustom to understanding from watching movies and TV your whole life.

Some of my favorite stories ever are things that happened on reality TV. Big Brother 6 is maybe my all time favorite TV show season. This fantastic organic story emerged that explored themes of religion and xenophobia. Essentially what happened was that the Big Brother game “broke” because over half the house formed this weird quasi-cult - they were all Christians and bound by the fact that they were Christians but also almost worshiping this evicted father figure house guest. And then they went on to evict the muslims and sluts from the house because they didn’t fit the values of the majority. It was insane. But it emerged naturally and it was in no way contrived by the editors or producers, just packaged in a way where you could understand what was going on.

I also think that Honey Boo Boo is a really interesting character, and her family is fascinating. I think that Jon and Kate Plus Eight was also a really fascinating show. With both shows TLC didn’t really know the story they were documenting before they started filming. They just knew something was going on there and they wanted to capture it on film. Jon and Kate ended up being a story about being held prisoner in your own life. Honey Boo Boo ended up being a story about how happiness comes from treating those around you with love and respect; not from possessions, appearance or status.

The idea that reality TV is “exploitative” is a false premise. It might have been in the early 90s. But in 2013, every single person is just as aware of what reality TV is and what it means as you are. The fact that people think Honey Boo Boo’s family is being “exploited” by TLC implies that somehow they know less about the situation than you do. It’s an elitist sentiment and it’s bullshit. Honey Boo Boo’s mama has a deal with TLC where they directly deposit their payment for the show into a trust fund for each of her children. She doesn’t have access to the money she just has them send her a letter every time they make a deposit. She knows what’s up.

Someone once told me that The Gregory Brothers are exploitative and I got really mad. I’ve met The Gregory Brothers and I’ve met Antoine Dodson and they’ve gone really far out of their way to just be good people. The Gregory Brothers split 50% of their profits with the person who is singing on camera, which is reasonable as fuck. It’s life changing to those people.

When I made the original Keyboard Cat mashup I tried super hard to make sure Charlie Schmidt (who filmed the original video) got everything out of it that he deserved. It’s dramatically improved Charlie’s life and is barely even a thing in my life. And I’ve still heard people say things vaguely accusatory, that I’m somehow “stealing credit” or “exploiting” him, even though he made way more money off it than I did. It’s really annoying when people think that way.

Basically people use the word “exploiting” to say “I don’t understand why you people entered this mutually beneficial relationship so I’m going to assume one of you is being exploited.” It’s a shitty sentiment and a shitty way to approach things.

There are really amazing people and things happening in real life all the time and it’s great that some people have made it their mission to document these stories and express them to others. I think there is artistic value in knowing how to capture those things and then feed them through the fictional stylization pipeline so that audiences can consume their inherent stories as they would consume fictional stories. I’m pretty sure this is something relatively new - it’s definitely dependent on the technology of cheap cameras and cheap editing equipment and lower cost distribution models so I can’t imagine any sort of similar system of interacting with real people as fictional characters in a one-to-many way was ever possible before now. “Reality” is this amazing new frontier in fiction and I like it a lot.

Anyway the point is fuck Jodie Foster.

I 100% wholeheartedly agree with this post. Fuck anyone who hounds in on the negatives WAY BEFORE seeing the positives.

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imwithkanyeSTFU. Kristen Wiig as Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth

Word’s out that Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen filmed a little somethin’ for the upcoming season of Arrested Development, premiering on Netflix in May. But who will the Bridesmaids star be playing? Stop reading now if you don’t want to be spoiled, but it’s a good one … Vulture has learned exclusively that Wiig will be playing young Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter)!

WHY AND HOW CAN LIFE BE THIS GOOD JESUS CHRIST. I DESERVE A JAM FILLED BAGEL. PRAISE XENU AND THE BURGER KING ABOVE.

"Wheeler has red hair and blue eyes and is somewhat handsome. His blue Planeteer shirt is usually half-tucked and half-untucked. His laces are rarely tied. Wheeler wears blue jeans and a brown jacket with the sleeves rolled up. Also, Wheeler has a very muscular body. This can be seen in The Population Bomb, Frog’s Day Afternoon, andNever the Twain Shall Meet. Many young females have often notice this”

WELCOME BACK SOCIAL MEDIA. HELLO ALL STARS

I have avoided y’all for the past 24 hours because I did not have a valid torrent for ‘RUPAULS DRAG RACE ALLSTARS’, and I’m happy to tell you - I have now seen a valid torrent for ‘RUPAULS DRAG RACE ALLSTARS’ and I can tell you that I am DED DED DED DED DED.

HERE IS MY PROBLEM: IT IS TOO MUCH DRAG RACE. IT IS TOO MUCH ELEGANZA PACKED INTO QUEEN CUNT CONCENTRATE AND I DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT. I AM RUNNING AROUND WITH MUFFIN CRUMBS FALLING OUT MY FACE AND WINE DRIPPING. HOW HOW HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH THIS?????

Did you watch Untucked? BUT DID YOU???? FUCK ME GENTLY. JUST CHRIST. YES. YES. YES.

I am so happy. I am ready to die. Kill me. It cannot get better than this. I was FUCKING LIVID that Pandora had to go home - BUT WHO ELSE??? WHO IS WORSE???? THIS IS TOO MUCH.

AND. AND. AND. To top it all off, Tammie Brown is BRINGING IT????! I love her but I didn’t expect her to UPGRADE HER SCHTICK TEN-FOLD.

So dead. Goodbye everyone. Cyanide happiness now. SHit. Shit. SHit.

imwithkanye
imwithkanye:

The One To Beat. Kate McKinnon has quickly become the stand out cast member of SNL. In her debut last spring, Kate showcased why she was meant to be there in one beautiful delivery of “Arteriovenous Plexus.”
This past week, with Daniel Craig hosting, she stole the show. TelevisionWithOutPity named her ”the MVP of the girls this week” and it won’t be long until she’s the MVP of the show, erasing any despair over Kristen Wiig’s departure.
Her impressions have been spot on, she killed it as Ann Romney and if this quote is any indication of what she’ll tackle this season, then we are in for a bunch of laughs:

I’m fascinated by mental illness … and people who just cannot connect to other[s], because I feel like that a lot. So those are the characters I’m drawn to; those are the characters I want to play.


Much like Taran Killam, the second she graced the screen as queen bitch faggot Tabitha Coffey, I died and then dieded again. This bish is gonna dish the bish-extreme to filth. I care not for any other humans except this one. You may all now be excused.

imwithkanye:

The One To Beat. Kate McKinnon has quickly become the stand out cast member of SNL. In her debut last spring, Kate showcased why she was meant to be there in one beautiful delivery of “Arteriovenous Plexus.”

This past week, with Daniel Craig hosting, she stole the show. TelevisionWithOutPity named her ”the MVP of the girls this week” and it won’t be long until she’s the MVP of the show, erasing any despair over Kristen Wiig’s departure.

Her impressions have been spot on, she killed it as Ann Romney and if this quote is any indication of what she’ll tackle this season, then we are in for a bunch of laughs:

I’m fascinated by mental illness … and people who just cannot connect to other[s], because I feel like that a lot. So those are the characters I’m drawn to; those are the characters I want to play.

Much like Taran Killam, the second she graced the screen as queen bitch faggot Tabitha Coffey, I died and then dieded again. This bish is gonna dish the bish-extreme to filth. I care not for any other humans except this one. You may all now be excused.