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'RuPaul's Drag Race' fan react: A new queen is crowned!

We have survived yet another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race! I can’t believe the eleganza extravaganza is over already; it feels like it just began last week. But enough of savoring the past: Bob the Drag Queen is the present and currently reigning queen of Drag Race, and for many people, it was already a foregone conclusion.

From the majority of folks I’ve seen tweet and talk about RuPaul’s Drag Race, the consensus was always that this was Bob’s to lose. She’d have to mess up quite spectacularly for things to come crashing down, because from the get-go, she was already a polished queen. It makes sense, too — Bob is talented in her own right. I mean, there are only a few queens who can go toe-to-toe with Bianca Del Rio, and Bob is one of them. The two of them seem to have the same sensibilities when it comes to work ethic, craftsmanship, and performance consistency.

Bob also has what RuPaul is always looking for, which is the full package. Now, I know what I wrote last week about Naomi Smalls and Kim Chi being dark horses who could easily snatch the title, and I stand by that. But the equally compelling argument is that Bob had that performance factor down tight. While Kim Chi and Naomi are both stellar queens who could have had the title of Drag Race winner, neither were quite so polished with their performances. Bob, like Bianca, has a “workman” style of drag when it comes to her fashion (although I did like her Glinda/The Wiz ensemble), but, like Bianca, Bob can turn out a performance to the point that you don’t care what she’s wearing. You come to see Bob give a show, and Bob always delivers.

Also, was it just me, or did it seem like Bob got a better song than the other two? There’s always politics at play when it comes to the “Lip Synch For Your Life” portion of any Drag Race episode, and this one was no different. Bob seemed to have the better performance value with his routine, already setting it up in folks’ minds that he would be the winner.

Another foregone conclusion of the night was that Cynthia Lee Fontaine would be pronounced Miss Congeniality. Poor Miss Cucu has been through some trials and tribulations since her exit from the show, beating stage 1 liver cancer. It’s great knowing we’ll be able to see more of the cucu now that Cynthia is healthy once again. Finding out that Acid Betty was the one that was by her side through it all was something I bet no one saw coming. I wrote before that apart from that Trixie Mattel bashing in Untucked, Acid Betty came off as a person who was all bark and no (or maybe a little) bite. A commenter wondered if Acid Betty herself had written my post because how could Acid Betty be a nice person? Turns out she can, and she was to Cynthia.

The last part of this post has to do with the season as a whole. We all know that last season was deemed the worst season ever, and to be honest, it was quite boring at times. Perhaps there was too much of a lean toward younger queens with varying degrees of experience and too much of a push to have an “old versus young” dynamic going on. There was also too much online bullying happening, to the point that RuPaul had to say during the season’s finale that bullying the queens wouldn’t be tolerated.

We could dissect last season until the cows come home, but the thing we can agree on is that this season was better in all the right ways. Sure, we didn’t have a Laganja Estranja–esque “I’m feeling very attacked!” moment or anything, but when you have great, talented queens, do you really need it? I like watching Drag Race to see the artistry at work. The backstage antics help make the show, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t need reality-show antics to make me want to watch a reality show. If the cast is good, the season will sell itself, and I think that’s what happened here. If we get more seasons like this one, I’ll be happy.

So adieu, RuPaul’s Drag Race! Until we meet again — which will be soon, since RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race 2 has been announced; I hope Kennedy Davenport or Jasmine Masters are invited back! I’m excited to see what will come from Bob the Drag Queen now that she’s the reigning queen of drag. I hear she’s got a comedy special that she’s currently crowdfunding.

What did you love about this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race? Who gave you your favorite moments? Do you think Bob deserved the win? Give your opinions in the comments section below!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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