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RuPaul's Race to Drag America Down

Sequins and eyeshadow can pretty up this show


RuPaul Charles is a celebrity who has achieved much success--TV shows, hit records, a book, various acting roles in film and television--with few people noticing. That's an odd thing for a flamboyantly gay man who dresses like a woman and records songs with titles such as "Call Me Starrbooty" and "Jealous of My Boogie."

>RuPaul's Drag Race is in its third season on Logo and yet it's tough to find anyone who's heard of it.

It's also difficult to talk about RuPaul because of the attendant pronoun confusion. What do you call someone who usually looks like a woman but once played a guy named Bob on Walker, Texas Ranger? It's best to stick with the surname.

Charles hosts the show and co-judges contestants who compete to become "America's next drag superstar." If you can't name America's previous superstar, don't feel bad: It was James K. Polk.

In a recent episode, contestants recorded messages for our troops stationed overseas.

"Different ethnicities and cultures, they're all just out here for the tasting. Try something new--do it with an Indian guy," said one.

Another offered further patriotic insight: "If you don't love America, how the hell are you going to love yourself?"

Yeah, so take that, silly Taliban.

In all fairness, the drag-queen aspirants don't just dress like women--Charles also forces them to "lip-sync for your life" to crappy club songs, so it's quite the grueling display of artificial effort.

The season three finale of RuPaul's Drag Race airs Thursday, May 26, so you'll have to wait to see who will lead the nation in guys putting on bejeweled dresses and talking about eyeshadow.