RuPaul-itics! A user’s guide to the electoral drag
If ever there was a time for political junkies like myself, now is that time!
You are probably wondering to yourself, “ How in the name of RuPaul is he going to try and tie together our political situation in these United States of America and the man himself—RuPaul?!” I refuse to RuPaul-ogize in advance, so you’ll just have to read on!
Following are some terms that RuPaul himself has used throughout his illustrious career, and most especially during the last seven-plus years (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 1, Episode 1, aired on Monday, February 2, 2009). Many of the terms might have their own meaning to RuPaul, and they might just have a similar (or not!) meaning when it comes to the political scene we find ourselves currently in.
“Bye, Felicia!” A phrase used to stop someone from speaking. The term is a reference to the film, Friday. With Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, many of us will be saying this phrase every time we hear our least favorite candidate speak, whether it’s in an advertisement or an interview.
“Come through!” A phrase made famous by Season 7 winner Violet Chachki, first used after a lip sync battle between Kennedy Davenport and Katya. It is used as an appraisal, a show of pride, a congratulations, etc. We all hope that our favorite candidate will, of course, come through for us!
“Condragulations!” A compliment directed towards a queen, usually used by RuPaul when a queen wins a challenge. A bastardization of “ congratulations” . Condragulations will definitely be
in order on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, as well as on Inauguration Day on Friday, January 20, 2017.
“Fierce!” A term used by drag queens meaning to possess a good, intense, satisfying, powerful, or beautiful quality. Alternatively, to have looks that could “ kill,” similar to a wild animal. Each one of us must think our candidate is fierce!
“The Five G’s” An acronym meaning “ Good God, get a grip, girl!” The term was originally coined on the show by Season 4 contestant, Latrice Royale. How many times have those words come out of your mouth over the last several months? Alternative saying: “ Good God, get a grip, guy!”
“Glamazon” A slang term for a tall, glamorous and assertively self-confident woman. Also, a portmanteau (a new word to me!) of the terms “ Glamorous” and “ Amazon” . Finally, the name of a RuPaul album and song. Since neither of the top political candidates would be considered overly tall, we will have to stick with glamorous and assertively self-confident! I think the last phrase applies to the top candidate of both political parties!
“Heathers” An alliance formed by Carmen Carrera, Delta Work, Manila Luzon, and Raja during Season 3 of the show. The term is a reference to the 1980’s film Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. We have seen many political alliances formed over the last several months as well as beyond!
“How’s your head?” A phrase taken from the film Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, starring Cassandra Peterson as Elvira. When a letter from a marquee sign falls on her head, she is asked by the local bumpkin, “ How’s your head” to which she replies, “ I haven’t had any complaints.” In regards to the current political environment, I will just leave this one right there for you to use your own judgment and imagination!
“Lip-Sync For Your Life” A battle between two contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race who have placed in the Bottom 2 and are up for elimination where they must lip-sync to a song in order to impress RuPaul and stay in the competition. Sounds eerily similar to our election process!
“Purse First” To walk into a room with one’s purse entering first. This is a quote from Season 8 winner, Bob The Drag Queen. Could this possibly be the name of our country’s new economic policy?
“Rolodex of Hate” Bianca Del Rio’s imaginary Rolodex in her head, it “ spins” whenever someone speaks and whatever lands on, Bianca says out loud. A reference to her quick wit and shady comments. I think most major political candidates have their own Rolodex of hate, but hopefully the Rolodex of love wins out!
“Sashay away!” A quote used by RuPaul to eliminate a contestant after losing in a “ lip-sync for your life” battle. Alternatively, to leave the competition, to be eliminated from the competition,
or a derivative of the ballet term chasse, as performed by Laganja Estrangja. We all, of course, hope that our least favorite political candidate will simply sashay away!
“Shantay, you stay.” A phrase use by RuPaul on RuPaul’s Drag Race, when RuPaul has chosen a contestant to stay in the competition after “ lip-syncing for her life” in the bottom two. The phrase refers to the RuPaul song “ Supermodel” which pays homage to the film Paris is Burning. May your favorite candidate “ Shantay, you stay!”
RU-minder: Stay tuned for the next edition of MONTROSE STAR for many more upcoming RuPaul’s Drag Race events.