I should start out to say that RuPaul’s vision started from very humbling beginnings. A very poor, young black boy from the suburbs, ending up a royal Queen of Drag fame, sounds exactly what the American Dream is all about. However, this dream has crossed not only cultural borders, but the vast oceans to touch many people lives and enter into their homes by way of television.
Drag Race brings us TOGETHER! No matter what language, culture, or identity, this show has brought the LGBT community together. There are many events, fundraisers, group gatherings etc.. that take place every week to watch the show. It does not only promote national drag culture in the United States, but provides a global platform of how drag is evolving in the 2017 world. It is quite educational as well, as the viewer is allowed to experience the history of drag and the origin of its existence.
This book is a wonderful way of showing the American national identity of drag but also its evolution throughout the world. Please check out the link!
This book identifies and analyzes the ways in which RuPaul’s Drag Race has reshaped the visibility of drag culture in the US and internationally, as well as how the program has changed understandings of reality TV. This edited volume illustrates how drag has become a significant aspect of LGBTQ experience and identity globally through RuPaul’s Drag Race, and how the show has reformed a media landscape in which competition and reality itself are understood as given. Taking on lenses addressing race, ethnicity, geographical origin, cultural identity, physicality and body image, and participation in drag culture across the globe, this volume offers critical, non-traditional, and first-hand perspectives on drag culture.