Random Notes on Fatphobia in Ru Paul’s Drag Race

Utica is going to benefit from her roast, the way all fatphobic queens have benefited from their sentiments.

Mama Ru loves that shit the most.

I bet she sent Utica a fucking rose.

Pardon the lack of poetry, all the rest of this post

Is just notes

https://www.vulture.com/2021/03/drag-race-utica-queen-interview-elimination.html?utm_medium=s1&utm_campaign=vulture&utm_source=fb&fbclid=IwAR08SeQgMaO14wt4EfeMGB39fpToOq4SrvjXY3SS8bLDt-ompPo5Dy94q60

ru season 2 eating challenge 

ru season 9 eureka and Sasha make up talk

Ru’s tic tac juicing

Kim Chi’s fat identity as her identity on the show

You know they’re gonna put Silky and Utica on the same season and give them a whole bit.

I don’t want to have to watch that shit.

Lawrence Chaney won, due to her constant parodying of fat bastard, an Austin Powers character Ru Seems to love.

Silky NG on Hey Qween Part 3

RIP Lady in Red you are loved and you are missed. Cyclical vomitting syndrome sounds absolutely horrible. https://youtu.be/25Ps6DPapG4

Nina West was interviewed for her prespective– Silky was there for entertainment.

She loves her body, she loves herself. Her haters want everything she is, she is everything they aspire to be.

Becky interruption– WHY IS NINA WEST CONSIDERED TO BE A PLUS SIZED QUEEN!?!?!?!

SELF-IDENTIFYING PLUS SIZED QUEEN NINA WEST SPOTTED PLAYING DEVIL’s ADVOCATE AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY

NINA WEST IS A FULL SIZED OHIO MAN WITH BROAD SHOULDERS AND MUSCLES

SHE IS A LITTLE BIT OVERWEIGHT AT THE MAX. SHE IS NOT A PLUS SIZED QUEEN AND SHE DOES NOT REPRESENT PLUS SIZED QUEENS

THE FACT THAT SHE IS CONSIDERED A PLUS GIRL SHOULD SAY ENOUGH ON ITS OWN ABOUT THE SHOW AND IT’S FANDOM.

Eureka Hey Qween

Eureka coming out twice as trans. She talks about detransitioning. She says that she withheld her detransitioner story because she didn’t want the wrong people to take it the wrong way. She was avoiding “polluting the message”? So to speak. Nonbinary, genderfluid. 

Transitioned when she was 19, lived with a trans drag queen, 

Also Eureka’s injury was sensationalized and she was blamed for it. She also wasn’t allowed to talk about it much on season 10 without people rolling their eyes.

Important takeaways from Utica’s roast

1. the rehearsal was the worst offense

2. the roast was edited? So presumably that was the best of the skit.

3. the whole show is edited, so I doubt that people get a fair shake

— that considered– utica says that she thinks she was edited 

— also she regrets nothing

–she regrets not having practised roasting before, but none of the material

–she is a seventh day adventist who grew up on a beef/dairy farm in minnesota. She is not a vegetarian, she is a “weird christian”

I call these people “christians of convenience”. I don’t claim to be christian, I think I made the more moral choice. 

4. her style and her sewing strengths will almost certainly get her an invite to all stars

5. her fatphobia will go unchecked, labeled as “mean”, “harsh” “truths”, and she will probably have a tearful moment about a history of eating disorders. It will be important, and it will aggravate me.

6. ” I was laughing anyway—! I was laughing too~~~! I can’t wait to see a Utica solo show~~~!!!”

The main reason all of this aggravates me, is because no matter which queen is being ridiculed for their size, body, body shamed in general– the “thoughtful reveal” is always that people in drag have eating disorders and we need to be sensitive to people with ED. It is never, ever that we need to be sensitive to people of all sizes, of all conditions. Fat contestants on Ru Paul are expected to change, “self-improve”, while skinny contestants are given excessive sympathy and support for their eating disoders– that they are then never expected to heal from. Very much in opposition with the message being sent to fat queens.

Message that ru is sending?

If you’re fat, improve yourself. 

If you’re skinny, you’re fabulous and gorgeous– love yourself! 

If you’re struggling with self image, struggling with an eating disorder– there are many others like you, we all like this as an outlet! Love yourself, you look fabulous!

If you’re skinny and you hate yourself, it’s only natural to motivate yourself with fatphobic sentiments and try and remove “fat-influences” from your life and your circle. You are the comapny you keep, as some have said to me. 

I honestly think people think fat is contagious 

Just reflect on that for a second–

How incredibly ridiculous.

Fat people are not contagious.

Trixie “I’ve never heard of people wanting to go to a drag show because people are nice”

–Trixie, a queen who’s entire image is based on seeming nice.

Monet– “skinny bitches are evil and they need to be destroyed”


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