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  1. And I specifically use AFAB/cisgender woman to designate that kind of female queen from a transwoman/AMAB queen. It's helpful to know these designations when discussing the intersection of drag and gender. I hope she'll be back! And not do a Veronica Green!
  2. In regards to the AFAB discussion, representation is important. We have seen so many fierce queens eschew padding, especially the coveted "body" queens, that I feel that argument doesn't really have merit. The "advantage" argument was used to keep trans AMAB queens out for a long time. The amount of makeup, cinching, taping, probably still some strategic padding, character work, talent, and costume design Victoria clearly does to be a cis-queen performer is on par with any of the male queens in the room. In some cases, I'd say it's more than some of them are doing. I think it clicked into
  3. Justice for Choriza! She should've totally won.
  4. You are correct. Victoria is a ciswoman drag queen, and she's clearly here to play hard. Her costumes were just fantastic. I think I'm ready to admit out loud I might like the UK edition overall more than original flavor drag race. Don't get me wrong -- love me some drag race here too, of course -- but there's something to the British approach that is really invigorating. I don't know if it's because they're more shady and irreverent or because you can track the growth more or because the judges are better or WHAT, but I'm here to save these queens all day long. I don't know that Cho
  5. Chef with beard is Michael Cimarusti, who's been on Top Chef a number of times. I gather seafood is his thang, and he worked under Jonathan Waxman in his youth. A two-Michelin star restaurant is nothing to sneeze at, and I tend to find his comments on Top Chef thoughtful. I watched season 10 on Hulu to get a sense of what a "regular" season of MasterChef US is like, and I didn't enjoy it (plus, Subha. TF). I don't like yelling Ramsay, I don't like mean Joe, and I don't like the lack of focus on the cooking techniques themselves. Also, a regular season is SO LONG. And the deliberation acti
  6. Suzette Gresham was BOSS. I admit, I haven't heard of her (and I've heard of most of the chefs on this season), and I now am obsessed. The way she put together that dish was amazing. Stunning even! Right top three, IMO. I'm rooting for Autumn and Suu the most, but no shade to Kelsey if she wins. She does seem very accomplished and the most cool on the fake line. That said, this is probably not the show for me overall. Gave it a go because I really like the Canadian panel, and Ramsay has turned out to be less of a terror than I expected, but it's just not clicking with me the way I'd hoped
  7. Although I'm not watching it officially this season, I am following the show through recaps and catching the lip syncs on YouTube (most of them have been pretty great too). So I saw the goth runway and have to weigh in as an official goth of a certain age. I'm pretty generous in my assessments because I'm pretty used to non-goths not fully Getting It, so if they made a sincere effort, I'm probably giving them an A for it. But still, rundown: Ginger Minge -- the dress and boots were on point. The hair was 100 percent NOT and the makeup didn't look particularly goth, especially in comp
  8. Drag Vulcano's WIG. She was truly one of the most polished queens there, and I appreciate that she goes for full drag whereas Carmen goes for full "realness." I really hope to see Drag Vulcano again someday. Also, I love how Killer Queen doesn't really have a set look. I didn't even recognize her at first. She looked great too! But I think they're all expecting Carmen to win, just like we are.
  9. Susur Lee is way more laidback on Wall of Chefs than he was on TC Masters! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.
  10. I have discovered a soothing Canadian show on Hulu called Wall of Chefs, where home cooks compete for $10,000 in front of a panel of 12 highly acclaimed Canadian chefs -- plus Hugh Acheson. It's a rotating cast, but Lynn Crawford from Top Chef Masters is always there. And then Hugh and Susar Lee make regular appearances. They're all very nice and encouraging to the home cooks, and the home cooks take their critiques and eliminations in very good graces. I haven't actually watched GBBC yet, but I'm imagine it's the same energy. That said, Hugh disagreed with the panel on one episode, and e
  11. I would like to recruit Fernando to my team, please. What? I meant rugby. Promise. Really shocked it was Pupi who went home, not Sagitaria. Sagi did the classic mistake of focusing more on herself instead of her sister, and honestly, both Neptuna and Pepi looked TERRIBLE on the runway. Carla, however, had the most "realness" factor out of all eight people on that runway, so I can't begrudge Carmen the win, even though I wanted it to go to Killer Queen for turning Slayer into the most dragged-out sister. I was surprised by the three-way lip sync! But it was a really good one, probably the
  12. I'm not watching this season because I refuse to sign up for yet another streaming service, but I have seen clips of the lip sync, and damn. Anyone else, and TKB would've had it in the bag. But Laganja stormed the stage in a way I didn't even know she could. She looked incredible and moved like she was on wires or something. Holy god, we were not ready.
  13. I don't know how Carmen doesn't win this, to be honest. She seems to be the best all-around performer, and her looks may be somewhat ready-to-wear, but Pupi almost never kills it on the runway. However, Pupi as a performer and comedian is pretty top notch, it's true. But Carmen seems pretty blessed. Who knows, maybe Killer Queen will pull a Kita Mean! I loved the fine art runway. Just amazing. And the roast was way less painful than the American counterpart because at least even the non-funny girls got a good line or two in before self-destructing. Also, I had no idea Supremme's ears
  14. There are a lot of takes on how Gabe conducted himself with his employee that seem to lack understanding how sexual harassment in the workplace is defined. Having an affair with a direct report and then cutting her hours is pretty much textbook and yes, illegal in many places. I'm tired of this whole idea that harassment has to include assault and violence to be considered a crime or at the very least non-consensual. And reading through the social media threads, including reddit, there's an aggregate of claims against Gabe that allege there were more than just this one case. Often, in har
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