Well, have you broken your resolution yet? Not to set you up for that, hopefully, you’re on the right track and you’ve resolved to be more fabulous than last year. Or you’re the type that doesn’t make resolutions because you’re too cool for that. Whatever the case, hope your year is going well so far.
Drag Queens Galore has never been the “mean site” it’s just not something I’ve ever wanted to do. To be called the “nice ones” in the drag blog/website world (because there are millions of us) has been one of my favorite things. That being said, I’d like to encourage you, the reader (yes, all 2 of you who made it this far) to step up to the challenge Drag Queens Galore has for you this year.
Think of the times when adversaries were most successful working together. My most memorable and probably the most popular television moment for Drag was on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 when Coco Montrese picked Alyssa Edwards to be on her team. At the time, Coco and Alyssa still had their beef from the pageant world that has since been squashed, but no one thought Coco would pick her “enemy”. Coco admitted Alyssa is a great dancer and this was a dancing challenge.
The easy thing is to throw shade and talk about “back rolls”, but Coco thought about what she was doing there and wanted to win. She knew, Alyssa was THE dancer. She’s a teacher, she’s fierce, and they won. When she stopped letting her ego make the decisions, she let the win in.
These were people who ACTUALLY knew each other and had ACTUALLY wronged each other in some way. They were friends who had a fight. IN REAL LIFE. If people who know each other and hurt each other can get past the pettiness and work together to win, I think that’s within all of us to support these people who bring us entertainment.
By the way shady ladies, they’re on to you. When you throw shade just for a response, they know. It’s not something new, it’s not something they’re riveted by, they’re smart. They talk with each other IN REAL LIFE and “mute” you, ignore you, avoid you. It’s not the way in. If you want to get a response or get heard by a drag queen, talk to them like they’re human. Because they are human. They’re real flesh and blood, they cry when they lose people they love, they laugh when people say something funny, and most of all they work hard to provide the entertainment they do. It’s a fun job, but it’s a job. They’re working.
I propose to you this, let’s look at some drag this year and find 3 good things about it before we throw shade at the queen. Then, when you’re thinking of commenting the easy read, say those 3 things instead. That’s right, I called it the easy read. When you can find stuff wrong with someone’s drag, you’re doing the easy part. When you can find art in the work that’s been put in and the courage to share that art, you’re doing it right.
Whether you’re doing a new year new you thing, or just going about your life like nothing has changed, keep looking out for each other. Think of yourself in someone else’s shoes. As many things as you’ve got going on in your life, there’s probably someone going through that and maybe more that you’re interacting with.
If you’re up for the challenge, tag @dragqueensgalore on Instagram when you say some nice stuff and perhaps you’ll get a little shout out over here. I have no idea what’s to come of this year, but let’s do our best to make it better than last year. Thanks for reading this, share it with your friends. And comment below with your new year’s resolution.