How RuPaul’s Drag Race Became Mainstream in a Way No One Ever Thought Possible

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British Amateur Jockeys Race in Suffragette-Inspired Silks for Goodwood Magnolia Cup

PLACE YOUR BETS: The intense sun that baked the grounds of Goodwood in West Sussex, England did little to deter the amateur riders who took part in the annual, all-female charity race known as the Magnolia Cup.
The 11 riders included milliner Emily Baxendale, British model Rosie Tapner, cancer researcher Dr. Amanda Cross and businesswoman Katie Forrest, all of whom trained especially for the charity event. “There are all these strong women from all different disciplines and it’s amazing is that no one is a jockey, so you meet people from different fields,” said Baxendale.
After months of intense training and an animated 50-second flat sprint, Forrest and her horse Harry Hurricane took home the Magnolia Cup and a Swarovski crystal trophy presented by Nadja Swarovski, whose family company sponsored the event. Forrest accepted the trophy in tears, then took part in an emotional group hug from the participating riders.
“I’m so thrilled for Katie that she won, she could not be a better winner,” said Tapner. “We were all saying at breakfast, we actually want all of us to win and that we should trot through the finish line all holding hands because we’ve all worked as hard as each other and together,”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 Crowns a Winner

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 FinaleIt truly is the age of Aquaria.
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RuPaul’s Drag Race Secrets: Everything You Didn’t See on the Season 10 Finale

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Prince William Just Revealed What Kate ‘Really’ Thinks About Him Being at a Motorcycle Race Today

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Motorcycle enthusiast Prince William flew to the Isle of Man for one of the world’s top races on Wednesday.

William, 35, who still rides a high-powered Ducati (which he recently used to get him to a soccer match with pals!), went to watch the famous festival on the small island between Britain and Ireland. And while the prince couldn’t wait to take in the event, his wife Kate Middleton didn’t share the same excitement.

William confessed Kate may have been a little skeptical of the intentions of his visit. When Laurence Skelly, the Isle of Man government’s minister for enterprise, asked him about her views. William told him, “When I said I was going to the Isle of Man for an official visit she said, ‘Really?’ ”

In the past, Kate has admitted to feeling “terrified” when her husband goes out on his motorcycle. And during a 2015 visit to Scotland, she said: “I’m going to keep George off of it!”

The annual Tourist Trophy (or TT race) is a major fixture in the motorcycling circuit. It began in 1907 and is one of the oldest motorsport events in the world.

As well as seeing a number of races, the prince met officials and support staff, and volunteers involved in the event.

William caught some of the final stages of the TT Supersport Race 2 before heading to a reception in the Government House Tent, where he met race staff and volunteers, civic dignitaries and representatives of local businesses.

He also spent time with the Joey Dunlop Foundation charity, which provides specialist accommodation for visitors to the Isle of Man with a disability.

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In addition to his love of motorcycling, William would have flown near the race’s location while patrolling the Irish Sea on missions with the RAF Search and Rescue crews based at Anglesey. He once picked up a stricken sailor from the sea near the island.

The prince recently had the chance to test drive a bike during a visit to the headquarters of Triumph Motorcycles. There, he slipped a reflective jacket on over his blazer and sweater for a quick ride on the Triumph Tiger 1200. He also got to pose on a vintage model.


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When Reality TV Gets Real: RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Unexpected Explorations of Race and Sexuality

RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10The old joke about reality TV is that not much of it is all that real.
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Paris spent the weekend in dual celebrations. On Saturday the city’s streets were filled with floats and joyous crowds for the Gay Pride March, while that day and Friday saw events all over town to promote the City of Light’s bid for the 2024 Olympics (although snarling traffic to do so perhaps wasn’t the best way to win over the International Olympic Committee).
Here WWD ranks the men’s shows based on how they fared in their Olympian goal: To win a medal. But, designers please remember Baron de Coubertin’s creed: “The most important thing…is not to win, but to take part….The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”
And while Olympians might have to wait four years for another shot at a medal, you — the lucky designers and fashion pack — only have six months until next men’s season. Let the games begin.
 
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Last Words: Alexis Michelle Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie HidesEureka O’HaraCynthia Lee FontaineAjaFarrah MoanValentina and Nina Bo’nina Brown.

With only one more episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” before the reunion and season finale, we’ve really come down to the best of the best this season ― and we witnessed a top five who each deserved to be there for their own unique reasons.

However, someone has to go, and this week it was NYC queen Alexis Michelle. In a season lacking major drama or arch villains, Alexis often seemed to find herself at odds with the other girls these last few episodes. However, even during her shadiest moments broadcast on the show, Alexis always managed to come off as a professional and on top of her game and she scored a number of wins throughout the season.

It was Alexis’ NYC sister Peppermint who sent her packing this week, leaving us with a top four of Pep, Trinity Taylor, Shea Couleé and Sasha Velour. In this interview with HuffPost, Alexis reflects on her accomplishments while on the show, the season as a whole and what she wants to do with her platform as this season of “Drag Race” begins to draw to a close.

HuffPost: Looking back on “Drag Race” since you filmed last summer, how do you feel about the experience? Do you feel like you achieved everything you set out to achieve when you first hit the soundstage?

Alexis Michelle: If I really look back at it, I can’t say that I achieved everything that I was trying to achieve. I think I achieved a lot, but I’m known at home for being a very visual, polished queen and I feel like I brought an element of polish to the show ― but perhaps there were a couple of times where visually, whether it was the pressure or whether it was a bit of misjudgment, I maybe didn’t put my strongest foot forward. And, of course, I would’ve liked to go all the way to the top. So I can’t say I accomplished everything I set out to but I did accomplish at lot.

Is there look or a specific episode or element the show that you were the most proud of?

I definitely felt very proud of my performance in the Kardashian musical ― getting to work with Todrick Hall was such a dream come true. And I have such a fascination with Kris Jenner, so getting to portray her in the musical was so fun and I feel like that was a real shining moment. And, of course, the episode after that was Snatch Game and that was just a great time all around, both to be able to pay tribute to Liza [Minnelli] and to get to make RuPaul laugh. And then to get to do Breathless Mahoney [from “Dick Tracy”] for the Madonna runway was such a dream come true. A big full circle moment for sure.

How do you feel about your portrayal on the show, particularly towards the end of the season? These last few episodes seemed to portray you in somewhat villainous light. Do you think this portrayal is accurate?

Well, let me just clarify by saying I’m not calling any kind of shade on editing. I think that as the competition goes on, the pressure gets higher and stress levels get higher. And then, that being said, I felt a great friendship with all of my sisters and I think that perhaps in a season that really felt a lot like “RuPaul’s Best Friend Race” at times, if there was ever a moment of tension, that’s really going to stand out for people. So perhaps that’s where this perception is coming from but I assure you I was far from the shadiest person in the room [laughs].

As I’m sure you’ve gathered, so much of the show’s fan base now is made up of young teen and preteen girls. Why do you think “Drag Race” resonates so profoundly with this demographic of viewers?

I think that “Drag Race” speaks to a lot of young people in particular because young people in their adolescence are at a time when they’re really defining who they are and drag is all about self expression of who you are. As I’ve been out in the world and I’ve met a lot of these young fans, it’s become clear to me that the inspiration they derive is in us being able to live as ourselves so fully. And I think that to a young person who is figuring themselves out and really defining who they are in the world, that is where the inspiration comes from about living fully, living truthfully and very glamorously, at that. A lot of these young boys and girls love make-up among other things and getting to see us express ourselves so visually, I imagine, is very stimulating.

With “Drag Race” being aired on VH1 this season, do you see any political implications with the show being on such a mainstream network at this moment in history? What are your thoughts about that whole shift?

The move to VH1 is definitely indicative of the fact that the show is more popular than ever and will probably continue to gain popularity. With the move to VH1 we basically doubled the number of people that view the show and that’s really huge and major. And it’s very exciting. I’m glad that perhaps in reaching more people that it’s also reaching people that may not have watched it before. Maybe it’s now more of a mixed crowd watching the show, and I think that’s helpful in the world because connection is what the world lacks a lot of the time and it’s what the world needs the most, I think, is connection.

What do you want to do with the platform that “Drag Race” has given you?

There’s so much that I want to accomplish personally when it comes to acting and singing on stage and on screen. I know that expressing myself in that way does do a lot for a lot of people, as I’ve learned in my travels. But I also just want to make sure that if I have this visibility I can use it to speak my truth politically. We’re in such a time of unrest – and for good reason because there’s a lot of crap going down in the world socially and politically. So if there’s anything I can do to bring light to the right side of history than that’s what I want to do.

Out of everyone left in the competition who are you rooting for?

It’s such a hard question because even with the girls that left previously in the competition there were such good contenders. Any of these girls that are left could win – I kind of want them all to win for different reasons. I love that Trinity represents pageantry and polish but she showed herself to be such a diverse competitor by coming out in very different kinds of looks as well as doing really awesome in acting challenges. I think Shea is so well-versed and well-rounded as a queen. I love that Sasha brought something so intellectual and artistic to the show but so polished at the same. It really never felt rough around the edges with Sasha. And Peppermint is just such a tour de force. You’ve got to see her live – she just sparkles on stage and lights up the room when she’s on the microphone. It’s so hard to say – there’s really something great about all of them.

What do you want people to know and understand about who Alexis Michelle is as an artist going forward?

The first thing everybody should know about me is that I am here to entertain and make you feel great – well, to make you feel. It’s not just about feeling great, it’s about making you feel. Entertainment can sometimes be about distracting from the harsh realities of the world but I say, for me, I want you to feel good, I want you to slip away from all that, but I also want to hold the mirror up to society and perhaps make you think a little bit. And beyond that ― beyond entertaining I want people to know that I’m here to spread love. I think that’s what the world is missing when it gets messed up and that’s my message – just like RuPaul says, “Everybody say love!”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on Friday nights at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1. Check out “Untucked” below. Missed last week’s interview with Nina Bo’Nina Brown? Head here.

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A ‘Drag Race’ Queen Kicks Off Pride By Re-Creating A Queer Classic

RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Alexis Michelle kicked off Pride month in the “gayest” way possible, teaming up with Broadway’s Andrew Keenan-Bolger for a spirited take on “Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again.” 

The tune is a perfect pick for Pride, of course, given its history. In 1963, Judy Garland and a 21-year-old Barbra Streisand performed the duet on “The Judy Garland Show,” and it remains a staple of queer playlists 54 years later. 

Michelle, 32, will return to New York nightspot Feinstein’s/54 Below June 13 for a special Pride installment of “It Takes A Woman… An Evening with Alexis Michelle.” The show, which features musical direction by Brandon James Gwinn, sees the drag queen tackling songs from Broadway musicals such as “Cabaret,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles,” as well as hits by Streisand and Lady Gaga.   

“I fell in love with theater when I was 5 years old,” Michelle, whose real name is Alex Michaels, told HuffPost in May. “The best I can do – as a gay man, a queer performer and a drag queen – is live my life honestly, openly and authentically, and let that authenticity be reflected in my performances. I really do believe that if we all live authentically, that behavior in and of itself has the power to change the world.”

Alexis Michelle stars in “It Takes A Woman… An Evening with Alexis Michelle” at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York on June 13. Head here for details. 

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No, Authors Should Not Be Constrained By Gender Or Race In The Characters They Create

This was the BBC.com headline:

Spy Author Anthony Horowitz ‘Warned Off’ Creating Black Character:

Author Anthony Horowitz says he was “warned off” including a black character in his new book because it was “inappropriate” for a white writer. The creator of the Alex Rider teenage spy novels says an editor told him it could be considered “patronising” … Horowitz, who has written 10 novels featuring teenage spy Alex Rider, said there was a “chain of thought” in America that it was “inappropriate” for white writers to try to create black characters, something which he described as “dangerous territory”.

Dangerous territory, indeed.

What are we to make of this? Is an author limited to only writing characters within their race? What about gender? Religion? Age? Ethnicity? Sexual orientation? Where do the boundaries stop?

The old adage, “write what you know,” is a thesis that implies a writer should limit their imagination to the parameters of their own life and experience. But does that maxim still hold true today? Certainly in these times of viral accessibility, contact, research, knowledge, and interaction with people, places, and things far outside our own proximity is as every-day as 24/7 updates from the farthest corners of the globe. Our ability, consequently, to gain perspective sufficient enough to write outside one’s own “house” is not only doable, but, perhaps, universal and insightful, presuming one does it well.

But is it “patronizing”? Are we, as writers, simply not allowed to write outside, say, our culture, regardless of how well we might do it? Has society become so compartmentalized, so hypersensitive, politically correct, and wary of triggering repercussion, resentment, or misinterpretation that reaching beyond our own skin ― literally and figuratively – has become verboten to us as creative artists?

Interesting questions, these; particularly when you consider that men have been writing about women since time immemorial without particular societal concern that they couldn’t possibly know, couldn’t authentically muster, the requisite experiential perspective. It was a given that they could get the job done; accepted without debate. Yet the specificity, the sensitive and unique nature of being female, could be considered as disparate from the male experience as being black is to a white person, but that hasn’t stopped male authors, from Vladimir Nabokov to Wally Lamb, from creating their women of note.

Which is fair. Because the explicit job of an author is to climb inside the experience of LIFE, real or imagined, to tell compelling stories that reflect the incalculable diversity of detail, nuance, thought, and emotion of any variety of people, places, and things. And the creative mind can find and translate authenticity whether writing about Martians, coquettish teens, dogs who play poker, or characters who exactly mirror the author‘s gender or race.

I’ve had my own experience with this interesting conundrum: my last novel, Hysterical Love, was told through the first-person point-of-view of a thirty-three-year-old man, and it goes without saying: I’m not one of those. Yet I felt completely capable of infusing my story with authenticity by relying on my skills of observation, as well as my experiential knowledge as the sister of five men, the mother of a son, the wife of a man; my years on the road with rock bands, and the immersive research of being a close friend to many, many men throughout my life. I’ve been told I pulled it off, even by the men who’ve read it, so my conviction proved out.

But is the divide between cultures, races, wider than that of gender diversity? Does a white writer delegitimize their prose by including black characters? Is the reverse true?

I don’t think so. I think it depends on the writer, the quality of their work; the depth and sensitivity of their depictions. Those are my initial responses. But I also understand the question:

About two years ago I had an article up at HuffPost titled, “No, White People Will Never Understand the Black Experience,” a piece that became a flashpoint for much conversation on the topic of race. It was written in response to events of the time, particularly the egregious injustice of Sandra Bland’s arrest and subsequent (and inexplicable) jailhouse death, and the cacophony that arose amongst, amidst, and between parties on both sides of the racial divide as a result. My own thesis, my perspective on the tangible limitations we each have in perceiving and assessing the realities of life outside ourselves, is made clear by the title alone. But while there’s obviously much more to that debate, here and now we’re discussing the issue as it relates to the job of being an author and I have some specific thoughts on that.

Inspired by the many responses and conversations that ensued after the aforementioned article, as well as others written on the topic of racial conflict, bias, and injustice, I took one of the stories referenced, about an interracial couple’s experiences with police profiling, and developed it into a character-driven novel called A NICE WHITE GIRL, a title that reflects commentary made within some of the conversations I had.

This “sociopolitical love story” is told through the intertwining points-of-view of a black man and white woman dealing not only with pushback to their new and evolving relationship, but the ratcheting impact of police profiling that ultimately leads to a life-altering arrest. It’s a story that’s human, gut-wrenching, and honest, built on the foundation of my own experiences in a long-term interracial relationship earlier in my life, as well as journalistic research and interviews, personal interactions, even friendships with members of the black community. Given a commitment to creating the characters outside my demographic as authentically and sensitively as I possibly could, without watering them down or pandering to political correctness, I believe I served both my story and its cultural demands well. Did I?

Every author relies on, taps into; mines the wealth of thought, opinion, perspective, and acculturation of their own unique life experience. Certainly that’s true. But as artists, as observers and chroniclers of life by way of prose, we go beyond that pool of reference. We reach out, we expand; we explore plot lines and include characters that stretch our imagination, that dig deep into worlds, events and experiences, imagined or real, that can pull us onto less traveled roads that might demand the challenge of research, of specific observation, even outside consultation. We take these extra steps, even for fiction, because we want to infuse our work with inherent realness. Particularly when writing characters outside our culture. That was certainly the demand I faced when embarking upon this latest novel.

But I am a white woman who’s written a book with a black male character, inclusive of his mother, his sister, and various friends. I’ve depicted their family life, their interactions, relationships, thoughts and feelings. Do I not have the creative right to do that? Will I be seen as patronizing, insensitive, off base, and inappropriate? Will this make my book too controversial for representation, for publishing, for sale? Will it garner derision and disdain from members of the black community? Even members of the white community who may resent the harshness with which I depict some of the police?

I don’t know. Maybe. But it was a story I felt passionate about, compelled to write; that took the many debated aspects and elements discussed in my articles and put them into fictional form, with imagined characters who embodied and borrowed from people I knew, from conversations I’d had, from ideas, agendas, politics, and passions that had been conveyed to me by real people expressing essential and sometimes controversial perspectives. I was determined to honor them by candidly, honestly, and without apology, telling the story.

But perhaps, as Anthony Horowitz was told, I’m entering territory that is off-limits, that puts me at odds with those who might frame me as presumptuous and patronizing. “A nice white girl” who’s stepped outside of culturally acceptable boundaries.

I hope not, because I, like Mr. Horowitz, see that as “dangerous territory.”

Just as brilliant male authors have gorgeously written female protagonists; as female novelists have conjured male characters ringing with truth; as writers of one ethnicity have honestly depicted another; as fabulists have invented entire worlds of imagined wonders, authors must be limited byNOTHING. Not a thing. They must be free to create without fear of cultural naysaying, societal judgment, threat of reprisal, or the discomfort of crossing cultural boundaries.

The only mandate to which they’re obligated is GOOD WRITING. Writing with wit and clarity. Honesty. Authenticity. Sensitivity and depth. Engaging prose, compelling plots, and visceral emotion. And, if need be, if determined helpful, the use of “sensitivity readers” who can ascertain if the writer got the cultural references right.

But just as Idris Elba could certainly make magic as James Bond, as Anthony Horowitz could create an intriguing black spy for his books; as I can write characters both male and of a culture outside my own, so must every author of merit and worth be allowed to view the entire panoply of life as fuel for their imagination. Anything else is antithetical to the mission of art… and stymying art serves no one. Not the writer, not the reader, not the myriad members of our diverse world hungry for stories that reflect their lives. Art is imagining; creating, mirroring, and provoking… all of which can and must be achieved by artists free to explore without the limiting effect of creative and cultural boundaries.

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Last Words: Valentina Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie HidesEureka O’HaraCynthia Lee FontaineAja and Farrah Moan.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” delivered a shocking blow this week when fan-favorite Valentina was sent packing ― largely because she didn’t know the words during her lip-sync.

Many people watching season nine thought that Valentina was a guaranteed top three finalist ― if not this season’s winner. The controversy surrounding her elimination spilled into the online Reddit community earlier in the week with the “Drag Race” subreddit melting down and former “Drag Race” contestant Phi Phi O’Hara somehow ending up at the center of the drama (head here to read more).

But, as with any season of “Drag Race,” fan favorites go home. In this interview with HuffPost, Valentina reflects on her sudden departure, Latinx representation on the show and what she wants people to take away from her contribution to the “Drag Race” world.

HuffPost: This came as quite a surprise for many fans of the show. Was it a surprise for you when it happened?

Valentina: Yes, it was a total surprise. I was in a state of shock and it’s a moment I don’t want to re-live ever again.

How did it feel to become the fan favorite of the season so quickly? Why do you think you resonated so strongly with fans?

I think I resonated with fans with my authenticity and my level of passion and love for my craft. I also have a really strong Latino fanbase and I think that I’ve been able to captivate them because they feel that they are finally represented and see a little of themselves in me.

As someone who entered the competition as such a young queen, do you feel like you changed and grew at all during your time on “Drag Race”? 

I did, definitely. There was so much that I learned about the craft of drag. I walked into the experience knowing that I wanted to elevate the art form of drag.

So much of the show’s fanbase now is young, teen and preteen girls. Why do you think “Drag Race” resonates so profoundly with them?

I think probably because they get to identify with our stories, and those young kids are at a point in their life where they still truly have their freedom in whatever they do. And those are the things that drag queens can do, by just living their truth unapologetically. There’s a lot of power behind that.

Why is it important to you to have your Latinx identity so visible and part of your identity as a queen? How can “Drag Race” help further understandings of Latinx culture?

It’s important because there isn’t a lot of Latino, or positive Latino, representation in the media ― let alone openly gay. I think it’s important for me to shed light onto my culture. It’s a huge responsibility, but walking onto “Drag Race,” I wanted to do this and show that [Latinx people are] more than a gardener, or a cleaner, or the butt of a joke. Being Latino is grand as well.

With “Drag Race” being on VH1 this season, do you see any important political implications of the show being on such a mainstream network at this specific moment in time?

It does have a political impact because I’m there to shed light to my culture when my community has been considered criminals and rapists. I’m there to show that we’re kind, and intellectual, and elegant and regal. It’s a rough political time, but I’m there to show that we’re fabulous and amazing. Just like any other American. 

What do you want to do with the platform “Drag Race” has given you?

This opportunity and platform that “Drag Race” has given me allows for me to continue achieving my goals and my dreams. And I hope to become the face of drag within all of Latin America.

Out of everyone left in the competition who are you rooting for?

I don’t know who’ll win yet, but if I were to watch as a fan I would probably be rooting for Nina Bo’Nina Brown. I really love her work.

What do you want people to understand about who Valentina is going forward?

That I’m very grateful to anybody who loves me, and that I love them back.

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Last Words: Farrah Moan Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie HidesEureka O’HaraCynthia Lee Fontaine and Aja.

The competition is thinning out as we near the end of this season of “Drag Race,” and it’s go big or go home time for the remaining girls.

Last night’s episode of the drag-based reality competition saw the departure of Farrah Moan, who seemed to be in a bit over her head during this week’s comedy challenge.

The resulting “lip-sync for your life” round pitted Farrah against NYC queen Alexis Michelle, and viewers finally got to see some of Alexis’ killer performance skills and Farrah was sent sashaying away at the end of the Dolly Parton-themed challenge.

With only a few episodes left, these girls need to be blowing the judges out of the water every time they step on that hallowed stage or they’ll clearly be facing the chopping block. In this interview with HuffPost, Farrah Moan reflects on her time on “Drag Race” and the things she learned as she grew during the competition.

HuffPost: Let’s talk about the show in a broad sense first. Do you feel like you grew or changed at all during your time on “Drag Race”? What’s the biggest thing you feel like you learned about yourself?
Farrah Moan: I have definitely grown since my time on “Drag Race.” This was my first time auditioning for the show and I was incredibly shocked when I got the call. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is to trust my gut. I was nervous and second-guessed everything I did. Now, I don’t do that.

Did you achieved everything you set out to achieve on the show?
Not really. There was definitely more that I wanted to show the judges, including some killer looks I didn’t have a chance to share. I’m proud of what I accomplished and overall I’m happy with the experience.

Michelle said it seemed like you didn’t know who you are as a queen and performer. We know this show was shot a year ago, but you agree with this?
The comment was fair in the moment, but since then, my drag and my performance have evolved.

If you could do anything differently what would you do?
I think I would have studied up on all of the past challenges to better mentally prepare for the show and listened to my gut more. Ultimately, I think I did the best I could at the time.

What do you want to do with the platform that “Drag Race” has given you?
I’d love to continue inspiring kids and helping them overcome the struggles and hardships of growing up. I’d love to venture out into the makeup world, and maybe develop a YouTube channel. The sky is the limit at this point!

With “Drag Race” being on VH1 this season, do you see any important political implications of the show being on such a mainstream network at this specific moment in time?
I think that it is awesome to have Drag Race on a mainstream network. I think drag in itself is a political statement. It’s turning convention on its head and it shows people that you don’t have to exist in the box they tell you to.

Are there any queens you’ve worked with in the past that you think should be on the next season of “Drag Race”?
Evah Destruction from Atlanta is one of the most talented people I’ve ever met. Melissa BeFierce in LA definitely should be on “Drag Race.” Lola LeCroix from Pittsburg is great too. I think it’s only a matter of time before RuPaul scoops them up.

Out of everyone left in the competition who are you rooting for?
I can’t pick one over the other. All of the ladies still left in the competition have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to win this competition.

What do you want people to understand and know about who Farrah Moan is going forward?
I just want people to understand that I’m sensitive, caring and that my goal is to entertain people. I will take this opportunity that I’ve been given and will take it as far as I can.

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Last Words: Aja Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie HidesEureka O’Hara and Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

Last night’s episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” was a bit of a shocker, with fan favorite Aja sent packing after a subpar performance during the group’s dragged-up recreation of ‘90s hit TV show ”90210” and a lip-sync against Nina Bobina Brown.

Aja seemed to let the competition get the best of her during the episode and had trouble getting out of her own head. However, her time on “Drag Race” definitely allowed the Brooklyn queen to showcase a number of her talents and continue to progress as a performer.

Plus: we also got to see her legendary lip-syncing, which seems to be relatively unmatched this season so far (aside, obviously, from her loss to Brown).

In this interview with The Huffington Post, Aja opens up about the things she learned during her time on “Drag Race” and what she wants to do with the platform that the show has now afforded her.

The Huffington Post: Let’s talk about the show in a broad sense first. Do you feel like you grew or changed at all during your time on “Drag Race”? What’s the biggest thing you feel like you learned about yourself?

Aja: I feel like I changed a lot during and post “Drag Race.” I learned a lot about the beauty standards in America and I also grew to learn to love myself more and kind of just appreciate my own appearances in and out of drag, regardless of what the beauty standards are. There was a lot of focus on the show on my makeup and skin and stuff like that, and it didn’t affect me negatively ― it kind of made me more confident about it.

Do you feel like you achieved everything you set out to achieve on the show?
I don’t want to say yes because everyone goes on the show and says “I want to win, I want to get top three” but in a sense I still feel like I accomplished my goal of even getting on the show. Although I may not have performed to the best of my ability, I did learn a lot. If anything, the most important part of the journey is the learning experience. I feel like I definitely did take a lot from that.

If you could do anything differently what would you do?
I think I would listen to my gut a little more and not be so impulsively rebellious. Because I think that were were a lot of moments on the show where I know I should’ve done something, such as the Snatch Game, where I really wanted to do Crystal LaBeija but then I was like, “I’m gonna do Alyssa Edwards instead.” There were a few little parts where I could’ve done something that was a little edgier or fun but out of fear I decided to play it safe and it just didn’t work out for me.

Thinking about Friday night’s episode, both you and Nina were clocked for having attitudes and then you went home after you lost to her during the lip-sync. How did you feel about that and Nina’s attitude in general throughout the course of the show?
You know, it’s easy for people on the outside to not really understand how we feel. And I get where Nina was coming from because I was in my head the whole time as well. So I don’t really hold anything against her, I just hope that we all walk off the show with a better head on our shoulders. So I was very happy for her that she got to stay. I mean, I was upset because who wouldn’t be upset getting kicked off the show! But that’s also just life.

You’ve also been recreating looks in different ways each week on Instagram and then reflecting on each episode in the caption. What are you trying to accomplish?
I kind of just wanted to give my followers a mini window without giving away too much about how I felt during the experience and what was running through my mind. Because a lot of times there are fans that watch the show and they only know what they see, and I was safe a lot of the show so there were a lot of times where the focus was only on who is in the top and who is in the bottom. So I really wanted to show the fans and the followers what was running through my head even if I wasn’t really featured on that episode. 

What do you want to do with the platform that “Drag Race” has given you?
I think with the platform I obviously want to do things for myself such as work on my music and do short fashion films – stuff like that. But I also really want to go everywhere and just kind of be a voice for people and educate people on certain things.

Coming from Brooklyn we have this big thing about queer community and culture and I think it’s something that’s been fun to travel and educate people about. Like, not be extremely aggressive about it but just like softly teach people that there’s a lot more to drag and this culture that we’re in then meets the eye.

With “Drag Race” being on VH1 this season, do you see any important political implications of the show being on such a mainstream network at this specific moment in time?
Yes, I think this was the perfect season for a more mainstream audience because our season features, in my opinion, the most non-binary season we’ve ever had. We have people who are [gender] non-conforming and Peppermint, who is transgender ― just a lot of people who don’t identify as cisgender on this season. It was the perfect season to educate America on not just drag and not just the art but the different types of identities that are involved in our art form.

Out of everyone left in the competition who are you rooting for?
I’m kind of rooting for a bunch of them. I love Trinity and her sassiness. Sasha, of course, is my Brooklyn sis ― she’s amazing. I’m rooting for Valentina ― we might’ve had our little feud but she’s gorgeous and kind of crazy and I love that about her. There’s also Shea, gorgeous, amazing, a black fashion icon. She’s like the Grace Jones of drag – I could root for all of them, honestly. They’re all amazing.

What do you want people to understand and know about who Aja is going forward?
I just want people to realize that I’m not scared to be who I am. A lot of people think I’m a character but this is just who I am. I’ve always been this kind of kooky, crazy person and I’m not ashamed of it so I think anybody out there who is feeling like they need to hinder their personality, they should just let it shine because that is what has attracted people to me post-”Drag Race” the most is people getting to know who I really am.

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Peppermint Opens Up About Coming Out As Trans On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

On Friday night’s episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” New York City queen Peppermint finally had a moment that many fans of the show knew was coming: a discussion surrounding her trans identity and the way it relates to her drag persona.

It was a highly personal and vulnerable conversation for Peppermint, who has been open about being trans since the show premiered earlier this year. But deciding when to share this with her fellow competitors and coming out on national television is no easy task, and one that Peppermint put an immense amount of thought and emotional energy into prior to the filming the show last summer.

There have been contestants who have come out as trans during the course of a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season in the past, like Monica Beverly Hillz, and those that have gone on to transition post-”Drag Race,” like Carmen Carrera or Gia Gunn. But Peppermint is the first queen to be vocal about her identity from the moment the list of queens competing on her season was announced.

In this interview with The Huffington Post, Peppermint opens up about how she decided to tell her fellow contestants about her trans identity, the relationship, for her, between being trans and drag performance, and advice she would give other trans and gender non-conforming queens considering competing on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in the future.

The Huffington Post: First of all, congratulations for coming out on national television ― that’s a huge deal!

Peppermint: Thank you! I’ve actually been out for awhile but this is my first time speaking about it with this group of people, so I guess it’s a coming out! It’s a small and a big coming out at the same time.

Right ― it’s just more of a public coming out on this major platform. How did you approach sharing your trans identity going into “RuPaul’s Drag Race”?

Well, I think I took the same approach that I took in life, which was I didn’t necessarily have a Facebook announcement moment or like a “stop it all, everything changes” moment. I really just kind of wanted to become who I was supposed to be and continue to do what I was always meant to do – and I did! I just kind of morphed myself into a trans woman [laughs] and continued to kind of go about my daily life. The people who were in contact with me and in my life just kind of saw it in front of their eyes. So that was kind of my approach with the show.

I didn’t really want to come in and say, “hey everyone, I don’t know your names but I’ve got an announcement to make.” I just wanted to let me persona and my talent speak for themselves. And once I felt comfortable and established in the room and this group of people and knew that it was a safe space then I felt comfortable enough to share personal moments with them – including my trans experience.

You talked a little bit about this in the episode, but I would love to hear you talk more about the contention and distinction between trans identity and drag performance. Obviously you can’t speak for everybody when it comes to that but I’d love to hear your thoughts on what that relationship is like for you.

You know, it didn’t even occur to me until a certain time that there is a difference between drag and [being] trans. For me, for so long, just doing drag was me being able to express myself as a woman and make the choice to wear things that I felt were gorgeous and makeup and hair and all of that. And it wasn’t until much later and actually starting my transition that I realized that’s barely even what womanhood is about for all of those women. So once I wrapped my head around that I was kind of able to see the relationship between drag and trans in that, for me, the truth is that there’s a lot of wonderful places in great cities and groups of people and LGBT centers that are safe spaces for people of trans experience to kind of explore their identity and step into that realm. But, as we know, there are a lot of places that aren’t safe spaces and I think drag in most cities, at least in America, continues to be a safe space for someone to kind of experiment with gender expression – of course! Because that’s the name of the game for drag. And so that’s a really safe space for trans people to be able to kind of explore that. I think some trans people very quickly realize that performing in drag is not for them, and then some of us get hooked on it and want to do it every day!

But, as we know, there are a lot of places that aren’t safe spaces and I think drag in most cities, at least in America, continues to be a safe space for someone to kind of experiment with gender expression.

I think that this is definitely a dialogue that we engage in a lot within queer community. How do we help the larger world understand this really complicate relationship between these different shades of identity involving drag performance and trans identity.

I think the simplest way to put it is in the words of Monica Beverley Hillz who so bravely came out in season five of Drag Race, that “Drag is what I do and trans is who I am.” And I think that’s the simplest way to put it. I know that there’s a lot of nuances, just as there are in the human experience – there’s no one way to describe everyone. I think that’s what we should take away: there’s trans people who may have never set foot in a gay bar or been to a drag show. And there’s trans people who are drag queens and are at the gay bar every week ― just like there are gay men who never set foot in a gay bar. It’s really easy, especially when we’re talking about minorities, to kind of paint the entire community with one broad stroke and just say “all gay people are this” or “all trans people are that.” And this is primarily because we have very limited examples of who these people are in our media. So I think once we start to expand the different shades and shapes and sizes of the people in our queer community in media, then people will see that there are different types of trans people – some of whom are drag queens and some of whom are not. Drag is a job or career – it’s a way to make money, but it’s not necessarily the be all end all of a trans person’s existence. 

Very well said and I would even argue that you’re embodying that possibility model by talking about this right now and that’s really powerful and I commend you for that. As a trans woman, how are you impacted by gendered terminology on the show? What are your thoughts surrounding that?

One step at a time is my thought. It would not be a bad thing if the producers and writers of the show decided that they wanted to carve out more space to expand and get a little more breathing room when it comes to terminology and words and definitions. I don’t necessarily think it is as crucial, specifically because I know that when I’m working as a drag performer, the definition and expectation is that you are a gender non-conforming person.

It’s really easy, especially when we’re talking about minorities, to kind of paint the entire community with one broad stroke and just say ‘all gay people are this’ or ‘all trans people are that.’ And this is primarily because we have very limited examples of who these people are in our media.

Did you ever feel the pressure to present in any certain type of way while out of drag when you were competing on the show?

Well, this is an extremely difficult, personal and very heavy kind of thought process for me. No, I didn’t feel any pressure directed at me from anyone else. I really had to address the pressure that I put on myself. What is a woman? What do I look like? What does my natural body say? And how do I feel about that? I’ve had to address that stuff throughout my life and I probably will again – this calls into question possibility. Do I really need to feel the pressure to sit in front of the mirror and put on a bunch of makeup and wear a whole bunch of jewelry, makeup and perfume just to go to the grocery store? What if I just wash my face and present my natural self – will people say that I’m a man? I mean that’s really a scary thing and a hard thing to deal with and accept for a lot of trans people. And a part of passing has to do with safety and not being targeted, and of course I felt safe I didn’t think I was going to be abused or anything. But the truth of the matter is an hour before I start getting into drag, I take a shower and I have short blonde hair, no makeup on and my body looks like one that most people would say, “oh that’s a man.” And I don’t like that but it’s the truth! And I have to deal with that. And so I wanted to go into each challenge as natural as possible, I didn’t want to have to put on a bunch of makeup and then take it off and put it back on again. And before the show I would wear hair as a trans woman every day ― my daytime hair. I have a daytime look which involves wigs and makeup and hair and I didn’t want to have to de-drag in order to drag again because then I would be at a disadvantage.

That’s extremely personal and I appreciate you sharing that. Finally, what would you want to say to any trans or GNC person that’s thinking about or going to compete on drag race in the future?

I think number one, absolutely do it. I think if you have faith that you are a stellar drag performer and you think you have a lot to offer to the world of drag and have already contributed to the world of drag, then I say “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is meant for you. Whether you see an example of yourself or not, you will be that person. So just do it! And I do think, kind of going back to the last question that you had, you may have to be really ready to shed a lot of the ― I don’t want to say security blanket ― but a lot of the things that you use to protect yourself in every day life when you’re going into a thing like “Drag Race.” And that’s not necessarily unique to a trans person or trans experience – I think every person who goes to “Drag Race” or any reality TV show has to be ready to be vulnerable or be exposed or be without their security blanket – whatever that is. And that includes people of trans experience.

Laverne Cox told me about an experience she had where she was traveling through the airport and was in a rush and she was misgendered by the airline personnel at the gate. And she had a choice to kind of either stay there and argue with the person so that they knew the right thing to say, or just keep it moving because she doesn’t have time and doesn’t want to miss her flight. And the truth is, whether I’m wearing hair or however I’m presenting, it doesn’t negate my womanhood.

I’ve always been a woman! And my womanhood is never at stake based on what someone says about how I look or how I present or whether you’re a drag queen or not or whether you’re transition or whether you have surgeries – none of that matters. Your womanhood or your manhood if you’re a trans man or whatever your gender identity – you’re born with it! That’s my belief. And even though it takes some people awhile to realize it and kind of come into their own, it’s always inside of you.

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Last Words: Cynthia Lee Fontaine Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie Hides and Eureka O’Hara.

Last night’s episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” brought us the most anticipated competition round featured on every season on the show: Snatch Game!

Snatch Game marks the halfway point of the competition and usually goes one of two ways for the girls: incredibly well or disastrously bad. Most of the queens this season pulled out some exceptional and hilarious impersonations but a couple, of course, fell flat,

Ultimately, we had to say goodbye to Cynthia Lee Fontaine for the second time (she had previously competed during season 8) after Peppermint introduced the world to her MAJOR lip-syncing skills while performing Madonna’s “Music” (not an easy song to lip-sync to).

In this interview with The Huffington Post, Fontaine reflects on her return to “Drag Race,” what she learned this time around and who she wants the world to know she is as a performer going forward.

The Huffington Post: What did it mean to you to get a chance to return to the “Drag Race” competition? What did you decide you want to do with this opportunity?

Cynthia Lee Fontaine: To be honest with you I feel very happy because I got the opportunity to have a second chance and of course I love TV, I love RuPaul, I love World of Wonder. It was a great and amazing feeling just to feel that they appreciate what I did on season eight, which was a short season for me. And for them to call me and let me know that they wanted me to return ― it’s just a fantastic experience.

Did you achieve everything that you set out to achieve with your second run on the show?

I think that people get to see more of my personality behind the mask of Cynthia Lee Fontaine. I think I get to deliver a little bit more of my performing arts skills. However, I wish I’d gotten the opportunity to sing! [You saw] my acting skills, my dance skills, my TV skills, but I didn’t get to show my singing [laughs]. But I think mostly in general terms with my character as a performing artist and entertainer, I got to show a lot of Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

“Drag Race” typically only features only one or two queens of Puerto Rican or Latnix descent per season. Why is it important to you that we have diverse representation on the show?

Well I think that the Latino community and the drag community in America and the UK has become an influential one on the history of the LGBTQIA community… and RuPaul appreciates that presence of the Latino community in the show. I’m so happy to say that we have our second Mexican descendent on the show, Valentina. And with me this season we had two Latinas together and that made me so proud because I know Mama RuPaul knows the history of drag and the history of the gay community in America – she appreciates the involvement of Hispanic girls and performers and wants to involve them in the show. That’s an amazing thing.

With “Drag Race” being on VH1 this season, do you see any important political implications of the show being so mainstream at this specific moment in time?

I believe that the social impact – we’re breaking the labeling of the show for the gay community and going outside of different social systems to incorporate other groups in society everywhere. So I think that’s the main reason we got the opportunity to have the show on a different network and I think it’s a great and amazing advantage so we can show every single human all over the world that drag is fun and it’s another way to explore and be happy.

Is there any particular queen that you’ve worked work or come up with that you’d like to see on a future season of “Drag Race”?

Well to be very honest with you, of course my first option is Eureka. She has her free pass and worked so hard on season nine. Unfortunately, I related to her story because I wasn’t feeling well on season eight and then I discovered that I had stage one liver cancer. She discovered on the show on season nine that she had an injury and needs surgery. So I know that she’s going to take this great and amazing opportunity. But if I had to reference another performer that I’ve met in all of my entire years doing drag shows, I believe Brooklyn Heights, former Miss Continental, is an amazing performer, very committed.

Post-season nine and going forward, what do you want the world to know about who Cynthia Lee Fontaine is?

I want the world to know that my personality – the complete crazy package I presented on the show so far ― is motivation, positivity and encouraging yourself to do the best that you can every day. I’m not a complainer – I did not complain about anything at all. When you wake up in the morning and you breathe and you have the opportunity to have a healthier life and you have the opportunity to have all of your expectations organized in your mind, everything else is going to be successful. And that’s my main goal, for everyone to know that I’m very positive, very motivated, I work for my community with no obligation and that’s the best attitude that you can have because your future is going to be brighter.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity and length.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on Friday nights at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1. Check out “Untucked” below. Missed last week’s interview with Eureka O’Hara? Head here.

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Last Words: Charlie Hides Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes Mansfield and Kimora Blac.

This week’s episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” split the girls into two teams for a very queer and (mostly) hilarious morning talk show competition. #MorningBitches

The winners and losers were pretty clear cut ― no one seemed to really fall into much of a middle ground with their performances. And when it came down to the lip-sync, Charlie Hides seemed to, quite frankly, give up while Trinity Taylor worked every inch of the runway.

In this interview with The Huffington Post, the eliminated Hides discusses what she is taking away from this competition and who she wants to be as an artist post-”Drag Race.”

The Huffington Post: Let’s start with the lip sync ― why did you just give up? Was this the tactic you had  planned from the beginning if you ever had to lip sync for your life?

Charlie Hides: You mean, serve authentic Britney Spears 2007? Dressed like a slut and dead behind the eyes while doing a tragic lip sync. Yeah, that was the game plan. 

What did you hope to gain by going on “Drag Race”?

I wanted to be seen as more than just a celebrity impersonator. When you do impersonations, the most you can hope for is to be a second-rate someone else but I have the potential to be the best me!

What is the biggest thing that you feel like you learned? 

“Next time bring sleeping pills!” I arrived from London totally jet-lagged and only got 2-3 hours sleep each night. Not a recipe for success on reality TV.

How do you feel about the way you were portrayed on the show ― was it an accurate representation of who you are as an artist?  

I know I slayed on the runway every time and I should have been top three in the Princess challenge. My aesthetic and flair were definitely represented but you didn’t really get to see my dark sense of humor. I’m glad audiences got to see my more serious side when discussing the AIDS crisis and how I buried almost all of my friends in the 1980’s and ‘90s.

What do you want to do with the platform that “Drag Race” has given you? 

I want to continue to entertain and engage with my growing audience and to educate the younger generation not to take for granted the rights they now have that were so hard fought for by my peers who rallied, marched, organized, protested and made a difference. But most of all I want to continue to make people laugh. It’s more important now than ever.

Do you see any important political implications with “Drag Race” being on such a mainstream network at this specific moment in time?  

We are the opposition party. Drag has always been anarchic and confrontational. “Drag Race” is serving a giant “fuck you” to the right wing conservative assholes in power and at the same time normalizing this art form that I love so much.

Is there a particular queen that you would like to see on a future season of “Drag Race”?    

Cheddar Gorgeous from the UK and Sherry Vine from NYC.

Out of everyone left in the competition, who are you rooting for to win?  

Sasha, Alexis and Trinity!  Three very different, but fierce, competitors.

Ultimately, what do you want people to understand about who Charlie Hides is?  

As a survivor of the plague that nearly wiped out my generation of gay men, I’m a firm believer in the humor and hope need to be celebrated.

And that my new single “The Dame” is available on iTunes!

RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on Friday nights at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1. Check out “Untucked” below. Missed last week’s interview with Kimora Blac? Head here.

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Last Words: Kimora Blac Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out last week’s interview with Jaymes Mansfield.

We’re now three episodes into what is shaping up to be one of the best seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” yet.

This week’s episode saw the departure of season nine’s second queen, Kimora Blac of Las Vegas, Nevada. Blac sent Jaymes Mansfield packing last week, and this week she lost her lip-sync battle to Brooklyn’s Aja.

Blac only had a short time to define herself while on the show, but she certainly painted a picture of who she is as an artist. In this interview with The Huffington Post, Blac talks about how she has grown and changed from the experience, what she wants to do with the platform and why she loves Kim Kardashian so much. 

Hey Kimora. Do you feel like you grew or changed at all during your time on “Drag Race”? What is the biggest thing that you feel like you learned?

Well, you know, I got three episodes. It happened almost a year ago and I have grown so much from it because even the way I look, the way I dress, the way I carry myself, my costumes and things have grown so much over the months. So it’s only the beginning. What I got from the show was I just became my biggest critic and seeing myself, I see so much improvement that I want to do and things that I want to take the Kimora brand to. So it’s been a learning process. I mean, it’s a competition and I went in there with a motive and one of my biggest goals was not to go home early and I got my wish.

How do you feel about how the show was editing and how you came across? Do you feel like who you are as an artist was authentically portrayed on the show?

I’m not blaming the edit, I’m not mad at the edit. I do truly think what they portrayed me as wasn’t the full Kimora because honestly the Kimora that I built was ― she’s always going to look bitchy and crazy and fashion and makeup but in person she’s probably the most humble queen on that show. Every place I’ve traveled to, the number comment that I get is, “you are like the sweetest girl I’ve ever met.” So, I kind of agree a little bit but at the end of the day, it’s drag ― who’s not bitchy?

What do you wanna do with the platform that “Drag Race” has given you?

I have a lot of big projects coming up but I’m openminded. I want to do music, I want to do makeup ― my passion is makeup so hopefully my own line one day for drag queens who have problems finding the best makeup to do drag. Things like that ― anything I can do to help the drag culture I’m on board with because I love drag and I support it and helping little, young drag queens grow up and become the ultimate drag queen is my goal. So yes to everything!

Do you see any important political implications with “Drag Race” being on such a mainstream network at this specific moment in time?

I am so proud of the show being on VH1 because I think it’s a step forward. But I think the show and the community and the drag queens need to be open-minded with more critiques and more judgement. It’s going to be cool to see where this goes because now we’re on every single person’s television ― I mean I don’t even have Logo and I’m a strong viewer of the show! So now I’m able to watch it as I desire, so I think there’s going to be a lot of pros and cons but at the end of the day we’re moving forward.

Is there a particular queen that you would like to see on a future season of “Drag Race”? 

I grew up with this queen back in the day, she goes by Melissa Befierce in L.A. We did drag together for the first time when we were like 15 years old. And she’s such a hard worker and still dedicated to this day ― I’m not sure if she’s trying to pursue the show but if she is I hope she gets on.

Out of everyone left in the competition, who are you rooting for?

I have such a strong bond with Trinity. I would love to see Trinity take it because she’s been in pageantry and drag her whole life and someone with that dedication and open-mindedness to other different types of drag, not just performing at a nightclub, I feel like she deserves the throne because this is a dedicated woman. She’s versatile, she sews, she’s polished ― and I just want to see a pageant girl take it! It’s not like protecting girls that perform in nightclubs but just celebrating that drag is drag!

What do you want people to understand about who Kimora Blac is?

My biggest goal [and the thing] I want people to know about me is you can be hot, you can be sexy, you can love drag ― this and that ― but at the same time you can always be about good vibes. And the people that judge me before they meet me, I feel bad for you… because it’s just not ok!

I look up to Kim Kardashian like crazy because every time you hear the name “Kim Kardashian,” there’s always a reaction ― whether it’s negative or positive. And I kind of want to have that title because we shouldn’t judge anybody ― especially homosexuals. Why are we judging each other on what we do and what is what? We should be the first ones to accept each other for who we are. And that’s one of the things I want to stand up for because you really can’t live that way ― you’re not going to go far.

RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on Friday nights at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1. Check out “Untucked” below. Missed last week’s interview with Jaymes Mansfield? Head here.

This interview has been lightly condensed for clarity and length.

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Last Words: Jaymes Mansfield Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to hear these queens reflect on their time on the show and their legacy as queer artists and performers.

It’s that time of year again ― for the next few months, queers around the world will gather in bars every Friday night for what has become the Olympics of the LGBTQ community: “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

The ninth season of “Drag Race” marks a major turning point for the reality show. Not only has it moved from Logo to VH1 and shifted to a primetime slot on Friday nights, but RuPaul won an Emmy for his work after the show’s eighth season.

Among a host of other things, this monumental shift for the reality show means that the competition is fiercer than ever. The first queen to go home this season is the sweet and comedic Jaymes Mansfield hailing from Madison, Wisconsin. Mansfield had a bit of trouble finding her footing and was sent packing after a lip-sync against Las Vegas native Kimora Blac.

In this interview with The Huffington Post, Mansfield reflects on her brief time on “Drag Race,” being labeled “the underdog” and what she ultimately wants to do with her platform the show gave her.

The Huffington Post: You weren’t on the show for very long but do you feel like you grew and changed during your time on “Drag Race”? What did you learn?

Jaymes Mansfield: I learned that being eliminated off of a reality television show isn’t the worst thing in the world. And you learn to improve on things that were your shortcomings and to embrace the things that made you weird in the first place – the things that made them want to keep you. 

Do you feel you like the image of who you are ― and who you are as an artist ― was authentically portrayed on this show?

I feel like I was honest! [laughs] The person on the screen was me. 

How do you feel about being framed as “the underdog”? Did you identify with that label?

Being framed as an “underdog” doesn’t feel very good because I wanted to be framed as a strong competitor, not somebody with a bunch of shortcomings [laughs]. To be quite honest with you, as an artist and as a gay person we get a lot of – I come from a background of being bullied and constantly having to fight for who I was, so being in an element where, “oh now you’re an underdog!” It’s like, no, I’m not. I’m a strong competitor. 

What do you want to do with the platform that Drag Race has given you?First, I’m really thankful for this platform that I was given because it’s far beyond what I was before I got on the show. But I want to really conquer that medium of YouTube because I feel like it’s a really untapped entity. I have a lot more tutorials, a whole lot more content, especially movie reviews and drag history – I’m going to keep doing that until the end of time.

Do you see any important political implications with “Drag Race” being on such a mainstream network at this specific moment in time?

I would say it’s a good thing. As far as “Drag Race” being on a mainstream platform now, it’s really beautiful. I remember RuPaul was [on VH1] years and years ago and it’s really a homecoming for her and we really need things like drag now, especially being able to laugh and being able to have things that parody – public image and public figures. It’s an important thing – we need to be able to laugh and entertainment really does that for people.

Is there a particular queen that you’d like to see on a future season of “Drag Race”?

I would love to see somebody like Biblegirl or more legendary queens like Hedda Lettuce or Sherry Vine. 

Out of everyone left in the competition who are you rooting for?

J: Nobody! [laughs] I’m rooting for my girls Nina and Peppermint and Charlie. I hope they all do really well. But I wasn’t there long enough to hate anybody!

What do you want people to know about Jaymes Mansfield going forward?

That I’m a queen who truly cares about drag! And I’m a queen who will continue to talk up the importance of drag queens and our history until I’m blue in the face! That’s always what I’ve wanted to be remembered for is somebody who really and truly cares about drag and the preservation of drag.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on Friday nights at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1.

 

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Donald Trump Says Hollywood Pulled ‘The Race Card’ With Criticism At Oscars

Until the now-legendary Best Picture mix-up at the Academy Awards on Sunday, President Donald Trump was in full focus. Host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the night with a sharp jab against Trump in front of an audience of millions ― “Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That’s gone, thanks to him” ― and other presenters and honorees didn’t miss their chances, either.

Kimmel’s criticism wasn’t unfounded; The Huffington Post has kept lists of Trump’s racism dating back to the 1970s. But in a segment that aired early Tuesday, Trump addressed the many attacks (watch some of them above) on “Fox & Friends,” suggesting his critics’ arguments were simply a product of “the race card.” Flippant dismissal of criticism also cropped up in his campaign, when Trump rejected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s fitness for the presidency by stating “the only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”

“It just seems that the other side, whenever they are losing badly, they pull out the race card,” Trump said when asked about the Oscars. “And I’ve watched it for years. I’ve watched it against Ronald Reagan. I’ve watched it against so many other people. And they always like pulling out the race card.”

The president had previously pinned responsibility for the Best Picture mix-up on the night’s attendees, saying in a Monday interview with Breitbart News, “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end.” PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm behind the winners’ envelopes, apologized for the incident and confirmed that just one employee had been responsible for it in a statement issued Monday.

Trump also took a moment to remind viewers, for the umpteenth time, about his victory in the November presidential election, despite its irrelevance to a large portion of criticisms that centered around policies enacted after his inauguration. 

“In fact I did much better than many other Republicans in the last election. I did much better with Hispanics. I did much better with African Americans. If I didn’t do better, I wouldn’t be sitting here,” Trump said.

At the Oscars, attendees shared symbols and words of protest against the president’s attempted ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority nations and his plan to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Asked whether he took any of Hollywood’s jabs personally, the former reality star replied, “I can’t. Because I consider it a very serious violation when they say it, and I have to write it off as purely politics.”

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Broward College in Coconut Creek, Fla. Clinton has a lot of plans for 2017, including some reflections on her stunning loss to Donald Trump. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady is working on a collection of personal essays that will touch upon the 2016 presidential campaign, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for this fall 2017 and will be inspired by favorite quotations she has drawn upon. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton has a lot of plans for 2017, including some reflections on her stunning loss last fall to Donald Trump.



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The Orca RS1 Hydrokilla Race Triathlon Suit for men is the product of an idea that enables you to race faster, longer through the swim, bike and run. Panels of Tri-Enduro mesh are used on the underarms and shoulders to provide the additional breathability required for longer distance racing. The RS1 Enduro can be worn by itself or in conjunction with an RS1 Killa Swimskin in non wetsuit races. 32gg Toray Technology Fabric – Water Repellent, Fast Dry Wicking, Breathable and UV Protection Graduated Compression – Double Layer Inner Leg Panel with Reflective HT Print on the Leg Technical Reflective HT – Design / Visibility 3-Coil Control Front Zip – Comfort / Breathability Hydroseal Leg Hems – Comfort / Low Drag / Secure Tri-Style Chamois – Comfort / Shock Absorbance / Anti-Bacterial 23cm Inseam – Increased Leg Coverage / Hydrodynamics / Compression Twin Needle Armhole and Neck Opening – Comfort Flat Lock Top Stitch – Comfort / Stretch Reflective Orca Logos – Visibility Silicone Back Neck Label – Comfort / Low Irritation Fabric Main : Toray 228gsm 85%Polyester, 15% Spandex Size XS Color Black
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This book chronicles the history of movie censorship in Virginia from the 1920s to 1960s. At its most basic level, it analyzes the project of state film censorship in Virginia. It uses the contestations surrounding film censorship as a framework for more fully understanding the dominant political, economic, and cultural hierarchies that structured Virginia and much of the New South in the mid-twentieth century and ways in which citizens contested these prevailing structures. This study highlights the centrality of gendered and racialized discourses in the debates over the movies and the broader regulatory power of the state. It particularly emphasizes ways in which issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality framed debates over popular culture in the South. It ties the regulation of racial and sexual boundaries in other areas such as public facilities, schools, public transportation, the voting booth, and residential housing to ways in which censors regulated those same boundaries in popular culture. This book shows how the same racialized and gendered social norms and legal codes that placed audience members in different theater spaces also informed ways in which what they viewed on-screen had been mediated by state officials. Ultimately, this study shows how Virginia’s officials attempted to use the project of film censorship as the cultural arm of regulation to further buttress the state’s political and economic hierarchies of the time period and the ways in various citizens and community groups supported and challenged these hierarchies across the censorship board’s forty-three-year history.

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Race in Transnational and Transracial Adoption: Hardback: Palgrave Macmillan: 9781137275226: 05 Aug 2014: When parents form families by reaching across social barriers to adopt children, where and how does race enter the adoption process? How do agencies, parents, and the adopted children themselves deal with issues of difference in adoption? This volume engages writers from both sides of the Atlantic to take a close look at these issues.

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Kyra and Katya are super girls. At the same time they are Saskia and Saskia, a couple of normal teenage girls. Naturally they can’t spend all their time as the SuperTwins, so the Saskias have ordinary jobs to go to, and ordinary lives to lead. Despite that, they are always on hand to use their powers to deal with disasters like tornados, train crashes, and a collapsed school. Occasionally they have to use their powers while being the Saskias, saving the Prime Ministers life and subduing a gunman at the plant where they work being a case in point. Sometimes it’s nice to use those powers just for themselves, on a day out, to the Moon! Their ability to travel in time sees them appear on TV, both as the Saskias and the SuperTwins – at the same time. Just because they look like Saskia and Saskia instead of Kyra and Katya doesn’t stop them helping people to achieve what they want in life, Rio gets to do what she wants, with a little help from the girls as they compete against each other in racing cars.

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Troy Lee Designs Race Shop Tee – Men’s

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Digging trails, riding the dirt jumps, and beers afterward can all be done in the TLD Raceshop Premium Men’s T-Shirt. Made from a blend of cotton and polyester, this do-everything tee is soft on the skin, wicks moisture, and quickly dries – plus offers some UV protection. Ideal for activities on and off the trails, you’ll love the feel and versatility of the men’s Raceshop T-shirt. 50/50 cotton and polyester blend wicks moisture and offers UV protection Versatile shirt for digging and riding Premium Raceshop graphic logo .
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Pearl Izumi Race RD III Road Cycling Shoe – Women’s Size 39 Color White/Silver

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Troy Lee Designs Race Shop Denim Pant – Men’s

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Last Words: Chi Chi DeVayne Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Tuesday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to hear these queens reflect on their time on the show and their legacy as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interviews with Dax ExclamationpointLaila McQueen, Naysha LopezCynthia Lee FontainAcid BettyRobbie TurnerThorgy Thor and Derrick Barry.

Well, we’re finally at that point — we have the top three contestants for the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — Bob the Drag Queen, Naomi Smalls and Kim Chi.

Unfortunately, fan favorite Chi Chi DeVayne — arguably the best performer out of this season’s crop of girls — didn’t make the cut.

Chi Chi was the dark-horse this season, walking through the doors in the first episode in a dress literally made out of garbage bags. Many viewers didn’t peg her as a front runner but, as the weeks progressed, she slowly won over the hearts of “Drag Race” fans around the world.

A likely candidate for Miss Congeniality, Chi Chi more than made her mark on this season of “Drag Race.” In this exit interview with The Huffington Post, the drag performer reflects on her time on the show, how the “Drag Race” experience affects queens from smaller towns and what she hopes the future will bring.

The Huffington Post: Hey Chi Chi! What a ride you had this season. A lot of people were surprised — and some even angry — that you didn’t make it into the top three. Were you surprised? How did you feel about how it all went down?

Chi Chi DeVayne: No, I wasn’t surprised because throughout the competition the other girls were consistent and nobody expected me to actually be or get as far as I did — not even me. But I look at it as a game. I had to play the game how it goes and those girls were good and they were consistent throughout the competition.

Once the end came and they lined up all of the pictures from throughout the whole thing, I knew that it was going to to be evident. And me turning into a fan favorite, that was a shocker [laughs]. So I knew the fans were going to be upset. But I felt it — I knew that I was going to be around fourth in the competition. It wasn’t really a big surprise to me, even though I wanted it badly.

You had one of the most pronounced narrative of anyone this season — something along the lines of discovering yourself and finding out that you had what it took all along. Do you feel like the narrative the show gave you was an accurate representation of your experience? 

Most definitely — I feel like there wasn’t much editing [laughs]. I think I was represented very, very well and was happy with the turnout — with everything. It really was like that. There wasn’t much editing going on — everyone was portrayed fairly accurately. I was pleased.

“Drag Race” can change the lives of those who are lucky enough to be chosen to compete. Do you think this show is important for queens like yourself who may not have grown their careers in bigger cities?

Oh most definitely. It’s a wonderful platform and I encourage any queen, whether you’re established and have been doing it for 50 years… I encourage anybody to try out because it is life-changing and we all want a little bit of fame [laughs]. So why not? Go for it.

How would you say “Drag Race” has changed drag?

It opened eyes to so many genres of drag and it’s making people accept that there’s not only one style. I think people are becoming more receptive to the alternative styles of drag. It’s just showing people that it doesn’t matter — drag is drag and your talent is what’s going to carry you through.

Who do you feel like you connected most with on the show? Is there anybody that you feel like you’re taking away as a friend from this experience?

Well, it’s hard for me to call anybody my “friend” because when I say “friend,” like, I’m from the South and friends have grown up with you, went to school with you, stuff like that. But towards the end, the top four — me, Naomi, Bob and Kim Chi — we are the closest out of the whole bunch. And then there’s Cynthia [Lee Fontain] — Cynthia is everybody’s favorite [laughs]. We all have a good relationship. That’s the thing about our season: there isn’t really any hard beef with each other and we all keep in touch.

What do you want the legacy of Chi Chi Devayne to be? What do you see the future holding for you?

I want the legacy of Chi Chi Devayne to be a damn good performer that came from nowhere and took the world by storm. I want to be one of the household names – I want to be one of the “RuPauls.” I want to do music, film, acting — all of that kind of stuff.

Want to catch up with the previous winners of “Drag Race”? Head here and check out the slideshow below for interviews with the previously eliminated season eight queens.

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Stephen Colbert ‘Prays’ Trump Stays In Presidential Race

Stephen Colbert on Monday joked that he “prays” Donald Trump stays in the presidential race so Colbert can make jokes about him when “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” debuts on CBS Sept. 8.

“I just want to say that every little boy grows up believing they could be president of the United States, and I’m so happy that little boy turned out to be Donald Trump,” Colbert said at the Television Critics Association press tour. “I just hope he’s taking his vitamins. Please stay healthy until I get on the air. Don’t do anything dangerous, don’t ride any motorcycles. Every night I light a candle and pray that he stays in the race and I also hope that no one puts that candle anywhere near his hair.”

Until he gets on the air, all his jabs amount to “dry Trumping,” Colbert said, pulling out his phone so he could live-tweet that joke from the stage. 

Though he’s still prepping for his “Late Show” debut, Colbert appeared on camera for the final “Daily Show” episode last week, and he revealed something that the audience wasn’t aware of: He and the other former correspondents chanted, “Made him cry! Made him cry!” when retiring host Jon Stewart teared up during the last tribute to him. 

“That might be my favorite thing I ever did on ‘The Daily Show,’” Colbert said. “He never let you thank him.”

When he was asked to do that final tribute to his former boss, Colbert said he knew it would be a major challenge to keep Stewart on stage as it happened. Colbert said he thought, “He’s going to flop on the dock like a fish — he’s not going to want me to do that. I was like a rodeo clown. I honestly thought he was going to leave.” 

What came through during the 40-minute press conference on Monday was Colbert’s eagerness to get on the air and his relief at having dropped the lovable blowhard persona he refined during his time on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” Having come from an improvisational background, he said he looked forward to performing and interviewing as himself, not as “Colbert.”

“Not having to run everything I say through the character in my head is really lovely,” Colbert said. “I felt I did everything I could with him and everything I could do with that show, other than [showcase] my honest interest in my guest, which is almost constant. Now I feel almost more freed up.

 “When you’re interviewing people, you don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s much closer to how I learned my craft,” Colbert said. “All I really want from a guest is someone who has something to say, so I can play with them.”

That said, he hopes to have serious conversations not just with actors and singers, but with authors, politicians and other kinds of public figures, as well. 

“The audience followed us” during those kinds of conversations on “The Colbert Report,” he said, “and I don’t see any reason why it should stop.” (Among the news sources he reads daily: Reddit’s political subreddits, the Drudge Report and The Huffington Post.)

Colbert said he spent time with David Letterman before he left the show to ask him about hosting, and to thank him for being a role models. Colbert said he “stole” from Letterman, especially when he read letters from lawyers that specifically stated they should not be read on the air.

“That idea of not being bound by authority and not thinking anyone’s too good to be made fun of — including myself,” all comes from the Letterman model, Colbert said. 

The last musical guest on “The Colbert Report” was Kendrick Lamar, who will be Colbert’s first musical guest on “The Late Show,” Colbert revealed Monday. News broke recently that his first guest will be George Clooney. 

 ”I wish I could have done better than George Clooney,” he deadpanned. 

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Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race

Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race


Latin America is characterized by a uniquely rich history of cultural and racial mixtures known collectively as mestizaje. These mixtures reflect the influences of indigenous peoples from Latin America, Europeans, and Africans, and spawn a fascinating and often volatile blend of cultural practices and products. Yet no scholarly study to date has provided an articulate context for fully appreciating and exploring the profound effects of distinct local invocations of syncretism and hybridity. Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race fills this void by charting the history of Latin America’s experience of mestizaje through the prisms of literature, the visual and performing arts, social commentary, and music. In accessible, jargon-free prose, Marilyn Grace Miller brings to life the varied perspectives of a vast region in a tour that stretches from Mexico and the Caribbean to Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina. She explores the repercussions of mestizo identity in the United States and reveals the key moments in the story of Latin America’s cult of synthesis. Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race examines the inextricable links between aesthetics and politics, and unravels the threads of colonialism woven throughout national narratives in which mestizos serve as primary protagonists. Illuminating the ways in which regional engagements with mestizaje represent contentious sites of nation building and racial politics, Miller uncovers a rich and multivalent self-portrait of Latin America’s diverse populations.

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Amy Schumer Denies She Has A ‘Blind Spot’ About Race On Twitter

Amy Schumer took to Twitter Sunday morning to defend the way she treats race in her comedy.

“I am a comic,” Schumer wrote. “I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with.”

The post appears to be a response to a Guardian article published early Sunday morning that said Schumer has “a shockingly large blind spot around race” despite her large body of feminist work.

From The Guardian:

“Schumer’s stand-up repeatedly delves into racial territory tactlessly and with no apparent larger point. Her standup special features jokes like “Nothing works 100% of the time, except Mexicans” and much of her character’s dumb slut persona is predicated on the fact that the men she sleeps with are people of colour. “I used to date Latino guys,” she says in an older stand-up routine. “Now I prefer consensual.”

Schumer’s response didn’t mention the Guardian article directly, but said: “You can call it a ‘blind spot for racism’ or ‘lazy’ but you are wrong.”

The Guardian isn’t the first to take issue with the way the comic approaches race. A Daily Dot article published last week made similar claims. Schumer also drew criticism for a joke she made about “Gone Girl” and Latinas while hosting the 2015 MTV Movie Awards in April.

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Spyder Training Mens Race Shorts

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Spyder Training Mens Race Shorts – The Spyder Training Race Shorts helps keep your quads warm so you can focus on the competition. The Polyester fabric with XT.L Laminate creates a great barrier against the cold and wintry mix that can ruin a day by seeping inside your clothes. Keeping you warm is 3M Thinsulate Insulation which traps the heat inside and reflect radiant body heat to ensure that you are very warm even on those extremely cold days. An adjustable waist and removable and adjustable suspenders allow you to customize your fit so that you remain as comfortable as can be so your focus can be on training for the next race. The Spyder Training Race Shorts are great for any competitor who wants to keep their muscles warm so they can train and race in the best condition possible. Features: Nylon Taffeta Lining, 3M Thinsulate Insulation. Model Year: 2013, Product ID: 288628, Race: Yes

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The picture above is of a guy LITERALLY running through fire. That’s not a photoshop. It isn’t CGI. It’s dry brush (probably from Texas. Texas has the good brush) set on FIRE. His life, apparently, is so bad that he is running through burning bushes and basically immolating himself. I need to know. Does he have like a classroom of kids at home or are his in-laws living in that pseudo-illegal apartment above the garage?

No?

Is he training for special forces? No? Are you sure? Okay, but he has a number on his chest, so this must be something important enough that it warrants a permanent record of this grand event.

No. Nothing important.

We’re approaching Memorial Day, and though it’s widely adopted as the unofficial start of the summer season, it’s also the unofficial start to your asshole co-worker asking you if you want to do this year’s Tough Mudder with him–or Spartan Race, or Gladiator Walk, or WARRIOR DASH, OR WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU’RE CALLING YOUR DUMB RACE.

Here’s a scenario that I just thought up but is probably close to one-hundred percent accurate:

[Typical office conversation between a guy doing one of these races and myself if I had an office job.]

Bro: Bro… you want to do Tough Mudder with me this year? It’s a crazy course, bro.

Me: (Doesn’t reply. Just walks away.)

Contrary to their names, this adult playpen that you’re going to has literally nothing to do with or is in no way associated with and should never be confused with ancient Rome or gladiators. Or high school football players for that matter.

Look at the picture below. I mean holy shit!!! POP QUIZ: One of these guys is doing a Tough Mudder, and the other was in THE MOVIE, Apocalypto.

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Figure it out? Ya. I couldn’t either.

These races are a lot of things — mainly they just fall into the descriptive adjectives column like ridiculous and fucking ridiculous– but what they are not are races designed around methods used by Russel Crowe when he was bulking up for the role of Maximus. Don’t let Don from Accounts Receivable fool you. He’s no more of a man than you because he climbed up a mud wall with oiled up ropes studded with cactus thorns (Cacti thorns?). You still drive a Dodge Dart, Don. And I doubt that the Spartans who fought in the Battle of Thermopylae had toe fungus.

Your void of innate masculinity is really astounding, Mr. Endurance Guy, so I understand this desire of yours to “challenge yourself.” Actually, I don’t. But it makes perfect sense that these glorified obstacle courses would be created by Ivy leaguers– two Havard Business School grads, in fact. Because really, what evokes toughness, gladiator biceps, and human growth hormone inundation like a couple of twenty-six year old hardos named Seth and Dougie…

BUT I GOT A MEDAL AND A RIBBON, GOD DAMMIT!!!!!

Congratulations. You just rewound your life to 4th grade. Has that 5K mud race certificate of authenticity gotten you laid by chance– by a human, I mean?

What ever happened to snuggling up on a banquet seat with a ginger tea and Jonathan Franzen novel on a Saturday? What? I’m not a man you say? Excuse me, but real men vacuum. I don’t need to pound my chest like an ape and prove my testosterone count to anyone…

Except you, girl.

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I wouldn’t mind washing that mud off of you if you know what I mean (wink emoji).

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Chris Peak is a freelance writer from Boston. He blogs at Huffington Post, and has contributed to Gawker, GOOD Magazine, Deadspin, and Point Magazine.

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We’ve seen quite a few elaborate marriage proposals over the years. But when it comes to dedication and attention to detail, this “Amazing Race”-inspired proposal gives the others a run for their money.

The mastermind behind the intricate scheme is a Phoenix radio show producer named Justin Scheman. He successfully tricked his girlfriend Diana Bishop into thinking she was a contestant on an online edition of the “Amazing Race” — a show the couple has binge-watched 18 seasons of since they’ve been together.

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Scheman told The Huffington Post that it wasn’t until they were already on their way to Iceland that he revealed the whole thing was a ruse.

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Scheman said it only took him six weeks and $ 2,500 to plan the proposal. But it was complicated, he told us, by the fact that he is living Phoenix, while Bishop has been living across the country in Philadelphia. He hired people from Craigslist to assist with the clues and challenges and didn’t meet the cameraman until the day of the proposal.

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“It seems like the media only picks up on African Americans when they have these public beefs,” he told host Marc Lamont Hill. “You never see, like, Woody Allen saying something about Mel Brooks. And even if they did, there’s never a headline.”

When it came to the motivation behind Buress’ bit, Davidson said the move was “not really” a publicity stunt, but he remained cynical.

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