RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Coming to VH1

Rupaul All Stars

[Given the darkest timeline nature of events over the last year, we’ve decided to institute a new weekly section called #FunFridays. Because we all need a laugh…desperately.]

If you’ve never watched an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in its 9 years of existence, you’ve been missing one of the most important segments of the LGBTQ community condensed into reality television format. While it’s campy and often predictable, the show rarely fails to entertain (and now, it seems, educate).

Since moving from Logo to VH1, the show has taken on more of a mainstream audience and with that, a burden of being more after school special than an in-joke laden LGBTQ show as a consequence.

That’s not to say it’s lacks greatness, though.

A new season of the show – one of the ‘off season’ All Stars seasons (this will be the third such iteration of all stars) is set to premiere on VH1 next Thursday, January 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

Among the returning stars will be: “BenDeLaCreme (season 6), Trixie Mattel (season 7), Milk (season 6), Thorgy Thor (season 8), Kennedy Davenport (season 7), Aja (season 9), Morgan McMichaels (season 2), and perennial Drag Race returnee Shangela, who appeared on seasons 2 and 3.”

Like everything in the Trump era, even RuPaul’s Drag Race now has a scandal attached to it… only if you view lawmakers taking time off to film an episode of RuPaul scandalous, that is.

CNN reported today:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be a guest judge the new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.”
Yes, really.

The California Democrat and first female speaker of the House joins a handful of other celebrity guest judges, including actors Vanessa Hudgens, Tituss Burgess and Kristin Chenoweth.

In a tweet accompanying the announcement she would be guest judging, Pelosi said today:

True to form, detractors immediately seized on Pelosi for taking time off to film an episode of the show. One such person is The Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill:

I responded to that thread, and today’s #FunFridays hilarity ensued. Enjoy:

Apparently, the humor of the exchange wasn’t lost on others:

Happy Friday!

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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