Fans were still reeling from Manila Luzon’s shocking elimination last week on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”. Fanilas (Manila Luzon’s fans) weren’t shy on making their sentiments known – much like Valentina’s fans, or any untimely (unjustly) eliminated cast with a huge following for that matter.
It’s now down to the final five with Trinity the Tuck, Monét X Change, Monique Heart, Latrice Royale and Naomi Smalls. Last night’s episode followed the Queens into the Werk Room right after Manila Luzon’s elimination where they discuss what had happened. Most importantly, they wanted to know the reason behind Naomi Smalls’ picking Manila Luzon over Latrice Royale. “Life’s not fair,” was the most poignant statement in that episode. She could have explained herself better. Notwithstanding Monét X Change also choose Manila Luzon because she was holding a “grudge” on her after she picked her over Latrice Royale four episodes prior. The latter’s reason seems less immature.
Life’s Not Fair
The statement “life is not fair” may sound defeatist, and sure it has some validity to it, but why perpetuate the status quo? Isn’t it better to do what is right? Some might argue that it’s “just a game show,” but it’s more than that. It’s easy to underestimate the power of the media until people imitate it and affects us in real life. Catch phrases are just “child’s play” until people uses it to justify their actions. We all know how die hard fans can be, so why not portray a more positive image? Isn’t that what we’re all striving for? Isn’t that what they’re often preaching? Where’s the consistency?
It does sends the wrong message. Isn’t the reason why the LGBT community strives for equality, why women fight for fair opportunities, why slavery was abolished, why there’s women’s rights movement, why there’s #MeToo, etc. is to fight the status quo and do what is right? If we’re all just going to take things laying down, then yes, “life’s not fair” sounds good.
RuPaul says before each lip sync in All Stars, “with great power comes great responsibility.” That statement doesn’t just hold true when they’re trying to win $10,000 tip, that holds true to all of the cast while they’re on national television. To do what’s right… and fair. Yes, Manila Luzon did choose Latrice Royale over Monét X Change, because she has a stronger bond with the former. She cried over it, and she was very apologetic about her decision. But let’s face some facts here. At that point in the competition, Monét X Change had one low, one win, one safe and one bottom. While Latrice Royale had two safe’s, one low and one bottom. They’r both neck-and-neck, not a very wide margin. Even if we discount Manila Luzon’s friendship with Latrice Royale, either one of them getting the chop was fair game. It’s not like a huge performance record disparity compared to Manila Luzon and Latrice Royale.
Without any concrete guidelines, the contestants follow a non-binding rule to base their decision on whom to eliminate on track record. I think that’s the fairest and most logical criteria that will truly uphold “may the BEST woman win.” Now if the contest is looking for the most petty, backstabbing, scheming woman, then yes, play dirty, by all means. Is an “undeserving” winner acceptable? We all know how that feels with Donald Trump.
But if we’re all about elevating ourselves, if we’re really not about the harsh comments on social media, if we’re all about what we’re preaching — be positive — then perhaps our actions should also show that, right? Otherwise, it’s fair game. You can’t expect good karma if you play dirty.
There’s also a saying, “you reap what you sow.”
I’m sure fans and queens will get along after the competition is over, but for now… we’re in #frenemies mode.