RuPaul’s Drag Race Is Heavily Edited


“Editing” has become a staple topic in every RuPaul’s Drag Race (and All Stars) season. Whenever some contestant don’t like how they are portrayed in the final cut, they blame editing (and manipulation), even if the “drama” benefits their career — since they become the topic of conversation among fans and the press, which means free publicity. I speculate they’re also playing the game, adding fuel to the fire… for… more publicity!

Whatever the case may be, it’s irrelevant in this article because that’s not the kind of “editing” I’m talking about. I’m talking about Wikipedia’s Top edited articles in 2016. I am not surprised that the show made it in Wikipedia’s list of heavily edited articles. The show is currently popular, Drag Race alums, all 100 of them, are very active in the entertainment business. And with a huge fan base, there are plenty of encoders out there who would be more than happy to help keep their idol’s public profile up-to-date. Although I suspect that some fans take pride in being the first to post an update, it can be competitive. Which means updates are swift and frequent… and so here we are…

“Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, has revealed its most edited articles of the year. Some are completely unsurprising — like the articles about Brexit, the Panama Papers, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and other recent and controversial news topics. The popularity of editing others is somewhat more mysterious: like the article for RuPaul’s Drag Race, and one for a fictional character named Beverley Gray — the subject of a series of 26 mystery stories written between 1934 and 1955.“—MAGGIE PENMAN/NPR


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