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'RPDR' Star Kameron Michaels on Shania, Her Career, and That Epic Reunion Shade

Kameron Michaels became the RuPaul's Drag Race equivalent of "the little engine that could" on season 10. The Tennessee native proved a major point in that you don't have to be loud and in your face to go far on this show, and her quiet demeanor but powerful stage presence catapulted her into the top four alongside Eureka, Asia O'Hara and Aquaria.

Many other queens in the beginning of the season were favored to take it all, which can sometimes play out the right way (Aquaria) and other times not so much (Mayhem Miller). Kameron was seen as a bit of an underdog throughout by some of her other queens (The Vixen saying "we're really going to miss you next week" during the reading challenge) but she persevered in every single challenge while slaying the f**k out of each lip sync she had to do.

Sadly, Kameron did not win Season 10, but was able to get herself into the top three as she bested Asia in part one of the lip sync for your crown portion of the finale. That doesn't mean anything in the long run, as she's developed a major following because of her presence on RPDR and has a bright future that go beyond the sets of an edited television show.

I got to speak with Kameron one on one at the actual crowning event for season 10 at Samsung 837 in the Meatpacking District of New York City on Thursday night. She told me about how she felt when everyone came for her at the reunion, how Shania was and always will be her idol, and the one lip sync she wished she would've partaken in this season. Take a look. 

Were you upset at the reunion with the feedback from everyone else, notably Monique Heart and Dusty Ray Bottoms?

Umm... yeah! I think you can see it on my face. I was surprised, and then I was angry. Because we have a different relationship off the show, so we got to know each other for 4-6 months after filming and off camera, and I think what happened was the girls got back in that moment of filming right before we left, or before they left the show, and I think a lot feelings and emotions came up. So yeah, it surprised me, but I’ve since talked to both of them, hung out with both of them and we are so great now. I just saw Monique last night and we had a blast.

Are you freaking that you might be the winner in about two hours?

No. Everyone keeps asking me that! Why would I be nervous? I was like, ‘I was there, I know what happens.’ We don’t know the results, but we are all going to be surprised and I’m not nervous about that. It’s been a great run for all of us and no matter what happens I am more than happy with my experience on the show. I could not ask to be in a better position.

Facts are facts: you are a lip sync assassin. I was mind blown at how you were able to pull all of that off.

That’s the great conversation about me is that I’m so quiet, and then the spotlight comes on me and I light up. And that is who I am as a person. I don’t talk a whole lot, but when I’m on stage, I’m present and I am there.

Did you have a favorite lip sync of the season? It could be yours or someone else’s.

You know what lip sync I really wanted to do the most? A lot of the songs I do are very uppity and happy, and I get to smile a lot. All of the lip syncs I did, they weren’t very like... girly. I do a lot of Ariana Grande, and one lip sync that I didn’t get to do was “Cut to the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen. That was the Snatch Game episode. I thought I was going home that episode, I thought I was lip syncing. Looking back on it, though, my thought process changed. However, I knew that song like the back of my hand, and I wanted to perform Carly Rae Jepsen so bad.

I may already know the answer, but was your favorite guest judge Shania Twain?

Of course! For me to be a child and to listen to her music on repeat as a baby drag queen in my house when I was six or seven years old... the fact that I got to sit in front of her and tell her she is my idol was iconic.

I don’t think the younger generation, maybe Aquaria (no shade) realizes just how big Shania really was and still is.

Before I found Celine (Dion), before I found Cher, Shania was my idol. Because my aunts took me to Opryland, they took me to any kind of country events: Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio, I mean I can’t even remember all the old country artists, but I always grew up on country music and that’s why she was my idol.

What are you looking forward to in the future regarding your booming drag career?

What’s funny is that the little bit of tension and the sadness that you saw in me at the reunion was because I was back in that environment. It was a blessing, but it didn’t feel like it at the time. Prior to that I was touring, and getting to do my own thing, and being on the road, and meeting fans, and getting to do my own music, and that’s what I love to do is performing so I am looking forward to doing that again.

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Asia O'Hara Breaks Down What Happened During The Butterfly Ordeal

Spoiler alerts ahead in case you haven't watched the RuPaul's Drag Race finale or know the outcome just yet. So click on something else if you don't want to know what happened. Maybe take a look at our Hottie of the Week Tony Vega! 

The Season 10 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race aired on VH1 last night, where New York City queen Aquaria won the title of America's Next Drag Superstar and bested her other three competitors in the process (Eureka, Kameron Michaels, Asia O'Hara).

It was the second season in a row where it became a lip sync for the crown sort of ordeal as opposed to RuPaul simply announcing the winner at the end of the finale. Ru spun a wheel to see who would be the one to choose their opponent in the first round of the lip sync battle, where the other two would compete against one another by default.

The wheel landed on Kameron, who chose to compete against Asia. Two of Janet Jackson's songs were ones the queens had to lip sync to, where Kameron and Asia got her 1986 classic hit "Nasty" in the process (Eureka and Aquaria got "If" and both stayed in a surprise twist). 

This is where things went really, really wrong for Asia who was considered to be a major front runner since the beginning of the season. She had a couple of tricks within her outfit as opposed to doing a simple reveal that sort of mimicked what Sasha Velour did in season 9 with her rose petals.

She had live butterflies that were supposed to fly out from some of the garments she was wearing, but alas, none of them really did and many just fell to the ground (from the looks of it, they were alive). It got many people in the audience confused, notably her fellow S10 queen Monique Heart who had quite the hilarious reaction (as usual).

In the end, Kameron bested Asia who couldn't really recover from the butterfly malfunction and Asia was eliminated from the competition. 

She took to her Instagram to explain what went down after the finale aired, and what she plans on doing for animal rights in the future as there was some backlash regarding how the butterflies were potentially treated.

 

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"I just want to let everyone know how sad and heartbroken I am by the way my lip sync performance during the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race turned out. Despite months of research and rehearsing with a professional company, what I hoped would be an amazing and safe display of optimism, and a surprise for everyone including production and the network, it did not go as planned. I would like to publicly offer the entire world my deepest apology. It's important that everyone knows that I would never purposefully hurt any living being and have the utmost respect for all animals."

"If you are unhappy with me, I understand. I have been unhappy with myself since that night but I'm going to do my best to make it right. Over the next year, my friends and I will be donating over 100 volunteer hours to the ASPCA, an organization that has dedicated to the fair treatment of animals since 1866.  I can't apologize enough for what happened. I want my fans and the world to know that I'll continue to be humble, own my mistakes, and lead with love and light."

What are your thoughts on Asia's response? 

 

 

 

Who Gets Your Vote to Win Season 10 of 'RuPaul's Drag Race?'

The day has finally arrived, hunties! Tonight, either Kameron Michaels, Eureka, Asia O'Hara or Aquaria will be crowned the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race.

One of these four queens will join in a legendary lineup of past winners that include Bebe Zahara Benet, Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon, Bianca Del Rio, Violet Chachki, Bob the Drag Queen and Sasha Velour

Each of the four queens have some immense strengths to them that could easily make them the winner in roughly 12 hours from now. On the flip side, they have some negatives that could prevent them from getting that crown placed upon their head.

Let's break down the strengths and weaknesses of each queen left and try to come to a conclusion on who has the best shot at really winning tonight.

Aquaria

Strengths:

  • Aquaria is very similar to how Violet was on her season in terms of her incredible fashion knowledge that was apparent from day one. 
  • She also was surprisingly funny and a great actress during some of the challenges, notably Snatch Game as Melania Trump and BreastWorld as Dyslexa.
  • Her attitude changed completely as the show went on, going from being a bit of a brat to a maturity that was noticed by others including Asia, who harped on her for her behavior several times.
  • She won three challenges, and never had to lip sync. Only a handful of queens have been able to do that in the past, with many of them actually winning (Tyra, Bianca, Violet, Sasha).

Weaknesses:

  • She might be a little too green and reserved to take on a lot of this. I've interviewed her before, and she comes across as quiet which can read as cold. That won't really be appreciated by a lot of the RPDR fan base, particularly the older ones.

Kameron Michaels:

Strengths:

  • She brought something totally new to the show this season with her "muscle queen" aesthetic. Each winner of the show has done something completely different from the other title holders, so her physique and how she's able to change that when she gets into drag could be considered a strength.
  • Kameron is proof that you don't need to be loud and attention-seeking to win the show. Her quiet nature has helped her get to the end of the show, even to some of the other queens dismissal.
  • Besides, Monet X Change, the best lip syncer of the season.

Weaknesses:

  • None of the other queens chose her to win. They also accused her of pretty much ignoring them when they are all around. There's something to be said about that.
  • She only won one challenge and had to lip sync three times in a row.
  • Even though her quiet ability can be a strength, it can also be seen as a weakness as none of the past competitors were this reserved when they were on the show.

Asia O'Hara

Strengths:

  • Incredibly head strong and focused. Knows how to command attention and speaks very eloquently.
  • Fashion point was pretty much on game this entire time, as she came a close second for me behind Aquaria in that department.
  • She's a true "sister." The only one to stand up for The Vixen at the reunion and actually battled with RuPaul over it.

Weaknesses:

  • Acting and comedy aren't really her thing. Not sure if that equals anything in the real world, but it didn't come across well on the show.
  • Might be a bit too brash for some of the fan base.

Eureka

Strengths:

  • The most fashion-forward big girl the show has ever seen outside of Kim Chi.
  • She really did excel at coming back after being eliminated early in S9 and performed very well throughout the season.
  • In your face, say it like you mean it kind of queen... for the most part.
  • Unapologetic for who she is in terms of personality, size and more.

Weaknesses:

  • I fear that she will win simply for being a big girl. 
  • Just like Asia, her personality is a turn off by some.
  • Some may see her coming back as an advantage over the other queens.

To be honest, it comes down to Aquaria versus Eureka for me, and I think that is how it will play out tonight. Who will come out on top? I'm rooting for Aquaria, primarily because she's had the most growth this season, her fashion is just so much fun to look at and she will once again bring NYC another Drag Race crown (4th overall).

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

 

Is The Vixen a Victim, Misunderstood, or Something Else?

The Vixen has easily been one of the most polarizing and controversial drag queens to ever enter the werk room on RuPaul's Drag Race... whether she wants to see it that way or not.

From the minute she walked in and uttered the words "I just came here to fight," many of us knew that we were in for something when it came to this Chicago-based queen. We didn't know what at that point, and to be quite honest, many of us still don't all this time later.

It's hard to really pinpoint one particular word to describe The Vixen after she became the most talked about queen from season 10 (outside of Vanessa "Vanjie" Matteo for much different reasons). It's pretty incredible, for both of them, how neither made it even close to the final four and yet they are the most memorable.

There are two fights that The Vixen was apart of that made the RPDR fan base discuss her overall persona in a very debatable kind of way. The first fight was with the whole Miz Cracker and. Aquaria situation that she got involved in. The second one was the battle between her and Eureka, which quite frankly made the ones between Sharon Needles and Phi Phi O'Hara look like a play fight between two best friends compared to how these two behaved with one another.

She got eliminated after the Cher challenge, and the season after her exit became a bit dull to watch with little to no drama between the remaining queens. Then, the season 10 reunion happened last Thursday, and we were all left completely gob smacked over what really went down.

In my opinion, this situation went far beyond "get your popcorn ready" or "ooh this is some good tea" as it was much more of a real life situation for The Vixen, Eureka, RuPaul and everyone else on that stage plus the millions of people who were watching at home.

So the question remains... is The Vixen a victim, misunderstood or something else after all of this went down? 

I'll say some positives about The Vixen to begin. She's very well-spoken, intelligent, and brought a really great perspective to this show that we haven't seen before. She also knows how to beat a mug really well and her outfits throughout the season were really enjoyable to watch (my favorite being her runway look after the panel challenge). And yes, she even had some cute one liners during Snatch Game when she played Blue Ivy Carter (the way she said "fat" and looked at Eureka was pretty funny). 

Do I think she's innocent in all of this? No. She instigated the whole Cracker/Aquaria thing whether she sees it that way or not. She didn't have to get involved, and she did, and because of this she got called out. No one came to her defense in that situation, and even Monet X Change literally got off her chair at the reunion to defend herself over claims that Cracker faked her way into getting on the show. So in this situation, she was in the wrong. 

The whole thing with her and Eureka is really fascinating. I for one am not Eureka's biggest fan. I can understand how the other S10 queens were more than likely cold to her during the beginning of the season, as she knew how the show operated, she probably had some good touring money to afford some better drag outfits than the others (allegedly), and had a second chance which has really only happened to a couple of queens in the past. 

Did The Vixen full on admit that she went into S10 with some pre-conceived notions about Eureka? Yes. Was Eureka completely innocent in that insane fight between the two of them on Untucked? Nope. Both of these queens are very opinionated in their own ways, and the situation was never going to get resolved as their voices got louder and louder. 

To be honest, I was a bit on Eureka's side during the whole fight between the two of them, until the reunion happened when Vixen pretty much said that she was playing this whole thing for television. Not only that, but she also admitted to "testing" her. This is what i mean when it comes to Eureka being innocent... she wasn't. Did she want to maybe resolve the issue with Vixen so that they could have a genuine friendship? Sure. Could it also be that she wanted to look good for TV and be the bigger person here (no shade) and make The Vixen look bad? Absolutely. 

The one sentence from the reunion that really got to me is when The Vixen said "everyone is telling me how to react but no one is telling her how to act." It sorts of fits the narrative that Eureka has gotten all season, in that (in my opinion once again) they gave her a remarkable edit of the queen who got tragically sent home in S9 and persevered a year later. If anything, The Vixen was the one to be the interesting deterrent in that storyline that perhaps the show didn't want but it happened regardless. 

The reunion was hard to watch for many reasons, as the only queen that stood up for The Vixen was Asia O'Hara,which kind of mimicked what happened during the season as well. I got very emotional watching Asia tear up, in that not one single queen went to go check on The Vixen after she left. Not even RuPaul, and these are supposed to be her "girls." Instead, Ru harped over and over again about how this was a "leading a horse to water" type of situation where you can only do so much for someone who doesn't want to listen.

But did no one want to listen to her? Was her narrative so negative at that point that anything she said was completely moot? If that's the case, then she had every right to leave as not one person stood up for her minus Asia. Then she left, Asia and Ru got into it, and then they did their best to seamlessly go to the next topic. The problem is... the whole ordeal was left completely unfinished and Eureka remained on the stage somewhat unscathed. 

So now with the season close to being over (the finale is in three nights), you have to wonder what her legacy will be for years to come. I don't think The VIxen should ever do an All Stars season for redemption as she has really nothing to redeem. She was blunt, honest, open, and true to herself where a lot of these queens play to the camera in order to get hundreds of thousands of social media followers who see them as the nice, sweet hero and not an authentically real person.

Was The Vixen flawed in her attempts during the show? Perhaps. Does she deserve to be judged to the point of getting a major social media backlash and having to leave a reunion for a show that she worked really hard to be part of? F**k no. So in conclusion, what is The Vixen?

If anything... she's herself. And that is a truly awesome thing to be in this day and age. 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

5 Biggest OMFG Moments From The 'RPDR' Reunion

I'm really glad that RuPaul's Drag Race once again did a pre-taped reunion show for a 2nd season in a row. It's so much more authentic when the queens are able to be as open, blunt and honest with each other without having a studio audience in the background. 

The show did this in the first three seasons and they were much more captivating than the ones between 4-8 (minus season 4 because of the whole Phi Phi O'Hara backlash).

Last nights 90-minute reunion was packed with so many fights, tears and even an actual screaming match between two of the queens versus RuPaul himself. The saddest part: this was the best episode of what I would consider to be a very drab and boring season.

Let's take a look at the 5 biggest OMFG moments from it.

The Vixen Walks Off the Set

It came as no surprise that The Vixen was a major focal point for this reunion given how polarizing and controversial she was this season. 

The first part of her argument dealt with the "Too Vague" fight between her and Aquaria. That was resolved with minimal issues. Then came the battle between her and Eureka which was one of the biggest parts of the show this year. 

This was a tough one to watch. The Vixen tried to explain herself in this situation where she point blank pointed out that all the focus was on what she did wrong and not Eureka in their situation. No one defended her except for Asia O'Hara, and even Ru and her got into it before she stormed off the stage.

Vixen seemed to get the majority of the support on social media after, but I do feel bad for her in that this is what her RPDR legacy might be known for instead of her natural talent. 

Asia Versus Ru

The fight that escalated between Asia and Ru after Vixen left was truly amazing. It pretty much came down to Ru saying that you can't help someone that doesn't want to be helped where Asia felt that no one was really listening to her and her feelings on this issue.

This was reminiscent of the fight that Ru had with Tammie Brown in the S1 reunion ("I don't see you walking children in nature!") but with a much more serious subject matter. Ru got the last word in this, as he's the host and it's his show, however the whole thing was simply riveting to watch.

V-A-N-J-I-E

Vanessa "Vanjie" Matteo was the breakout star from this season even though she was eliminated in the first episode. She revealed that she wasn't expecting to go home during the lip sync against Kalorie Karbdashian Williams and that's why she said "Vanjie" three times as she had nothing prepared to say. I also died when she mentioned how she ducked from people throwing cookies at her during her gigs. Here's to her being on S11?

Monique, Monet, Dusty & Blair Emotionally Open Up

The rawest moments from the reunion came from the personal journeys of Monique Heart, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Monet X Change and Blair St. Clair.

Each of their stories was discussed as the season progressed: Dusty's background of enduring conversion therapy when he was younger, Monique and Monet's religious struggles and Blair's first sexual experience being a rape.

It was heartbreaking to watch as each of them are still dealing with their individual issues today but have had a ton of support from their fellow queens and fans in the process.

Kameron Gets Shut Out by her Fellow Queens

Finalist Kameron Michaels received a ton of backlash from her S10 queens last night. They all accused her of separating herself from the pack and debating her social media personality with her in real life one. None of them gave her a vote to win the season, which seemed to be very hurtful given her facial expression when they were giving votes to the other three.

What was your favorite moment from last night's reunion? 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

Opinion: I'm Ready for a Long 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Break

I for one love RuPaul's Drag Race and have been obsessed with this show for almost ten years now. However, I need to make a very real confession on where I'm at with it currently:

I need a very, very long break from this show.

2018 has been the show's busiest and most consistent yet, starting in late January with All Stars 3 and going all the way to the end of June with season 10. That's five straight months of RPDR. There's been no breaks in between either, as we went from one season to the next with no time to really get ourselves situated for another group of queens.

Now there's all these rumblings about who will be on season 11 (got officially renewed earlier this week) and All Stars 4 (we don't even know when this is happening yet), and as of right now, I truly do not care. 

Here's the deal: All Stars 3 ended horribly. We all know this. It was not Trixie Mattel's fault that she won, nor was it Shangela's fault that she lost. But it ended on such a sour note that some of us are still bothered about to this day.

Then we had season 10, where the best thing to come out of it was a queen who was eliminated in on the first episode (Vanessa Vanjie Matteo). See where I am going with this? It's being nothing but mediocrity and the show is potentially losing its luster, IMHO.

The first five seasons of the show helped develop its strong fan base as its popularity grew each and every year. Season 6 of RPDR remains its pinnacle for so many reasons, as it produced a flock of incredible talent (Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio, BenDeLaCreme) in the process.

Then season 7 happened, which was an absolute catastrophe minus a handful of fantastic queens (Trixie, Katya). The show then redeemed themselves in season 8 as it produced a very likable final three and winner at that in Bob The Drag Queen

The show sort of turned a new leaf when it moved to VH1 and earned millions of fans in the process who have never seen it before. That renewed spirit was felt during season 9, and ended on such a strong note with a legendary finale that saw Sasha Velour dramatically take home the win after her two unbelievable lip sync for the crown performances.

The thing with all these seasons though, good or bad, is that there were breaks in between. It gave the current group of girls to enjoy their shine. I know there's more than likely not going to be anything new with the show until next year, but you don't want to ruin too much of a good thing.

My hope for this show going forward is that they take a couple of years before doing another All Stars season. Let the season 9 and 10 queens marinate in their success so that they can build on it. If this is done every year, then the concept of All Stars is completely lost and it will just be another hodgepodge type of group with no real reason for being there in the first place.

Also, for season 11, please find better challenges for these queens to do. So many of the scripts make no sense (BreastWorld), and doing things like weirdly decorating a cake doesn't necessarily show off the talents these girls have. Creativity is key, and it just seemed completely null and void this go around. 

If the show overall just fine tunes some things without overdoing them, then it can easily go on for many years to come. But it shouldn't become a force-fed situation when what they are putting out there isn't too fantastic to begin with in the first place.

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

 

 

 

A Clear Winner has Emerged on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

I've been in denial about this for the entire season, quite frankly, but based on last night's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, it's pretty clear who the winner will be.

Over the course of season 10, I have had two particular queens as front runners to take home the crown: Eureka and Asia O'Hara. Someone who I have never put towards the top until last week's episode was Aquaria, as I always felt there was something really lacking with her personality and her ego was just a little bit too much for me to handle.

That changed for me, begrudgingly, last night during the show's penultimate episode. They are clearly stretching this season out as much as possible, as next week is a taped reunion so I would assume that the real crowning will take place on the 28th, meaning that we have had five straight months of Drag Race since All Stars 3 premiered on January 25th. I need a break.

To be honest, last night's episode was a bit of a throwaway as they already taped the finale last week and we knew that it was going to be a final four based on all the information that got out on the internet. So, spoiler alert, no one went home, however I do feel like most of the episode was catered towards Aquaria and it made me see her in a different light.

Perhaps its just me, but the show really hasn't given Aquaria a major edit this season compared to some of the other queens on the show. Its very clear that she has had her game face on since the beginning, and has worked her butt off every single challenge to easily earn her a spot in the final four. She reminds me of past contestants like Violet Chachki, Tyra Sanchez and Phi Phi O'Hara, who were controversial in their approach to get to the end but no doubt earned a spot once they got there.

I will also agree with RuPaul in that she is top five in terms of looks that she has brought to the runway, as Aquaria is proof that she is incredibly wise beyond her years at such a young age in the fashion department. Keep in mind that Violet and Tyra were around her age too when they competed, and they both turned out flawless looks that helped them score a win in the end of their respective seasons.

She's also done pretty well in the challenges, pulling out a win during Snatch Game which no one really saw coming as she was known for her fashion and not her comedy up until that point. She bested some big competition in Eureka (Honey Boo Boo) and Monet X Change (Maya Angelou), for that, while pulling out two other wins as the season progressed.

Has her ego been a bit much to handle? In my opinion, yes, but she's backed it up with everything she has done this season so that shouldn't really be a negative as to why she shouldn't win overall. I think she's developed herself into a multi-faceted queen as S10 has gone on, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if she won on finale night and brought the crown back to New York for the 4th time over the past 5 seasons. 

Well done, Aquaria. Well done.

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

 

The 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Fan Base is More Toxic Than Ever

I'm a little fearful when it comes to writing about this topic, but... here we go.

RuPaul's Drag Race has been one of the most talked about shows on television for the past decade. As the years have gone on, it has brought in millions upon millions of fans who not only enjoy watching the program but have also become fans of the queens as well.

The "fan" aspect of RPDR, in my honest opinion, has gotten completely out of control. It is something that the show itself doesn't touch much on during any of the episodes, but is one that needs to be highlighted as several fans go completely out of bounds when it comes to defending a queen that they like and spewing absolute bile at another. 

This didn't really happen in the first couple of seasons of the show, as social media wasn't as prevalent as it is today. Then season 4 happened, which featured the dueling battles of Phi Phi O' Hara and Sharon Needles. Editing or not, the show favored Sharon as the hero and Phi Phi as the villain. 

Sharon won the season and pretty much got very little negative feedback from fans since taking home the crown. Phi Phi, however, has received several death threats for years, most notably during her time on All Stars 2 when she was honest about her opinions towards Alyssa Edwards.

This is where the line needs to be drawn. Somebody speaking honestly about another person does not illicit anyone sending them death threats from an account where you don't have any real information about you. It's takes voracity to a whole other level, and no one deserves to have that happen to them regardless of how they acted on a television show. Let's repeat that there: it's a television show. It's designed for entertainment, not for death threats.

Several other queens since have felt the wrath of the RPDR fanbase in similar ways. Roxxxy Andrews got a ton of backlash during season 5 for how she treated Jinkx Monsoon. And then there's the racist trolls who viciously attacked Kennedy Davenport when she eliminated Katya in season 7. Racism is another topic that falls within the toxicity of this fan base, in that several queens of color have talked about being called the "N" word on social media. It's downright wrong and completely disgusting on all levels. 

The only time this topic has ever really truly been discussed on the show was during the season 9 reunion. Several of the queens questioned Valentina over her social media efforts to quiet down her fans that consistently attacked them. Her defense fell on deaf ears because of it, both on and off the show, however she still won Miss Congeniality at the end of the season.

Her congenial efforts were also questioned as the other queens flipped the award to really have it be called "Fan Favorite". It's a debatable topic, however, as several queens who have won it before blur the lines on both ends as they were nice and very well-liked (Katya, BenDeLaCreme, Latrice Royale, etc). 

This season didn't really have too much toxicity going on until Asia O'Hara decided to say that Miz Cracker wasn't a star in the most recent episode of the show. Cracker was then eliminated after a lip sync against Kameron Michaels. Then, Asia's Instagram became flooded with snake emojis (which became popular due to the Kim Kardashian/Taylor Swift drama a couple of years back), and now her most recent upload doesn't allow anyone to leave comments. This might be her saying, "enough is enough."

So where do we go from here? It's evident that these social media platforms are not doing as much as they should given the amount of hatred that is out there, so will this continue to spiral out of control? I think its up to some of these queens to really put it out there to their fans that hatred like this won't be accepted nor tolerated (many of them do), and that it really is a television show at the end of the day.

Drag culture was so different over a decade ago, and now its a community that has changed so much that we still need to highlight the negativity that has developed because of that and figure out a way to diminish it so that each queen that comes onto this show feels safe and secure with who she is, regardless of the nasty things people have to say.

In conclusion: treat people the way that you want to be treated. That's all. 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Power Rankings, Episode 11: Who Gets Your Vote?

Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race finally has its top four queens, so if you haven't watched the episode yet, go ahead and click on something else then come back (might I suggest this hot cop story?) 

Sadly, fan favorite Miz Cracker went home last night after losing her lip sync battle to Kameron Michaels. This leaves Kameron in the top four with fellow Tennessee native Eureka, Texas' very own Asia O'Hara and The Big Apple's Aquaria

The episode started off with a mini-challenge that was culinary related, as the queens had to design something with a pancake as a base. The guest judge for this was cutey actor Cheyenne Jackson, who I couldn't really tell if he was having a good time or not throughout. By the way, why haven't they done a Food Network-type challenge like this yet? Did they? Am I forgetting? Bueller?

This led to the maxi-challenge, where the queens had to create two different designs: one that highlighted what makes them special and unique and the other that showcased their own flaws, saboteurs and whatnot. It was an interesting concept that allowed each queen to reveal what their own inner saboteur really is and then display that on the runway as a character as opposed to just them talking about it. 

I knew pretty much from the get that Cracker was going home, regardless of what Reddit was saying for the past two weeks. The focus of the episode really was about her, and her rehearsed type of presence that she exhibited throughout the competition. That showed this week when she decided to make two designs whereas the other queens simply took what they already brought (except for Kameron-ish), and altered them according to their character.

Once again, she feels like she needs to overdo things just to earn a win, and not let things just run smoothly like the other queens have sort of done. Whereas Cracker's first outfit was fantastic the second one really faltered which led her into the bottom two with Kameron. Then, she went home. 

Now, we have four queens left. There looks to be one more episode before the finale, but I don't think they will be eliminating anyone next week. So this begs, the question: where do they all stand right now?

Each week, we are doing a power ranking of who is on the top, the middle and the bottom.  In last week's rankings, Asia stayed at the number one spot for a 2nd week in a row. Will that change this go around?

1. Aquaria (last week: #4). I do not want her in this position, I'll be honest, but yes... she has been doing fantastically throughout the season and I'm at the point where she will more than likely win season 10. Her outfits last night were on point and the story behind them was wonderful. Her personality remains what it is, but Violet Chachki had a similar ego about her in S7 and rode that all the way to a win. Aquaria can easily do the same. 

2. Eureka (last week: #2). Didn't really get a lot of screen time last night, but she did a good job again. I knew from the get that she would make it to the end, there was nothing that was really going to stop her and she's only had about one or two hiccups throughout the entire season. I'm not really a fan of either of the top two, but they have done a great job in S10 and will more than likely be the top two when this whole thing is done (I could be wrong though).

3. Asia O'Hara (last week: #1). Asia did a great job this week primarily due to her evil persona that was some of the best makeup I have ever seen on RPDR. The momentum that she was carrying for the past two weeks sort of fizzled out a bit last night, but she could still pull out a win in the end. The Cracker fans are probably going in on her for saying she's not a star on the show, but there's nothing wrong with being honest and speaking your truth which is a very hard thing to do on this show. 

4. Kameron Michaels (last week: #5). I think Kameron should just be happy that she made it to the top four. There are other queens who got to this point without ever really having the focus be about them throughout the season (Darienne Lake, ahem), and she should just be thrilled about making it all the way to the end. Will she win? That remains to be seen, but there isn't much of a case there to validate that. 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

Stating the Case for Each Remaining Queen to Win 'RPDR' Season 10

Season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race was not the best. Matter of fact, it was the worst one they've done since the dreadful season 7, but here we are with five queens left and a title that needs to be won. 

The penultimate episode (I think?) airs this Thursday on VH1, where the final four will more than likely be revealed. The five queens left are New Yorkers Aquaria and Miss Cracker, Tennessee natives Eureka and Kameron Michaels and finally Texas queen Asia O'Hara.

A major difference this season, compared to the ones before it, is that there really isn't a clear cut winner at this point. Certain seasons became foregone conclusion for better or worse in terms of who would eventually win (Bianca Del Rio for season 6, Bob the Drag Queen for season 8), yet this one is still very up in the air.

That pretty much means that each queen left has a validating reason(s) for why they should win. Let's dissect each of them and figure out what they possess currently in order to earn themselves the crown in a matter of weeks. 

Asia O'Hara

In terms of overall performance, Asia should win. She's been one of the most consistent queens throughout the season (minus a hiccup or two), and has really shown how versatile she is in her fashion ensembles, acting abilities and comedic ways that really propelled her to an easy top five get. She's a very seasoned queen outside the show, so it would be easy for her to handle the pressure of what a winner has to go through, and she has a very warm and sweet exterior that also makes her approachable to a wide fan base that some past winners don't have (not saying names, you can come to your own conclusion there).

Kameron Michaels

Kameron has done a good job this season. Her outfits have been good. Her performances have been good as well. Notice a common theme here? Good. I like Kameron, I think her quiet exterior has been a big part of her storyline this season, but that doesn't work in the world outside of RPDR. Her aesthetic of being the "muscle queen" has definitely separated her from the pack, so if she does win she will have to figure out a way of combining both of those factors and turning them into one hell of a show once you start touring and whatnot. Because being quiet isn't going to sell you tickets. 

Aquaria

Aquaria is young and can carry a younger fan base, which is great given that she already had a major social media following prior to coming on season 10. Outside of that, I don't really see what she could bring as a winner. Her looks this season have been great, but her personality has just been so off putting that it makes me wonder how much bigger her ego will be if she (potentially) wins. It's a no for me overall, but she could still win.

Eureka

The show has been favoring her since the beginning. I have no problem saying this, nor am I taking that back (read my original force-fed post here). Here's the thing: we don't need to have a plus-size queen win just for the sake of winning. Let's take a look at another VH1 series: America's Next Top Model. In Season 10, Whitney (a plus-size model) won the show, even though she was consistently in the bottom. It felt forced that they wanted a plus-size girl to win, and yes... this season has done the same for Eureka. 

Can she captivate an audience? Sure. Is she fun? Maybe. Is she too much a whole lot of the time? Yes. She comes off incredibly obnoxious on the show and on Untucked, and the air of arrogance in her is quite noticeable. She definitely has the chance to win, based on how well she's done this season, but if she's winning for the sake of them checking off having a plus-size girl take the crown, then that is truly wrong on many levels.

Miz Cracker

If there are two queens that should be in the finals this year... it's Cracker and Asia (IMHO). Cracker has been incredibly consistent throughout this season, even though she's only won one challenge. Her comedy and persona that she exhibits is very inviting, she's funny without overdoing it and her fashion and makeup skills are incredible (MIZ COOKIE!) Plus, we would have our first ever drag daughter of a previous winner actually take the title (her drag mother is Bob the Drag Queen).To me, Cracker has been that middle that was needed this season: she wasn't too quiet like Kameron but she wasn't totally in your face like Eureka. Having that necessary balance can equal one heck of a great winner, and she's got my vote (besides Asia). 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

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