Unfortunately, I don't think Dela was bringing enough drama to the show for the producers. I'm sad she left bc I really liked her. Honestly though, I thought her banjee outfit was weak, and I just didn't think her eleganza outfit befitted a ball. And we all know how Darriene did. :-/ However, I actually did like her eleganza...Just my opinion. *Bianca and Adore are my absolute FAVES! I have grown attached to almost everyone on Season 6.*
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Great posts. I just have a thought... Has anyone considered that Ru will bring back a queen as she has done several times before? I don't think we have seen the last of Creme this season!
I posted late to the last recap. But, am curious...why is it a big deal to remove shoes during a lip sync?
I've been reading all your reviews since the beginning. And I couldn't agree more with you. I don't know if it's the editing, if Ben wasn't bringing enough drama to the table... And I don't get the comparison with Jinkx, they're very different. I'm really disapointed, I know the show is highly edited but this elimination made no sense. Ben constantly brought solid work, while Darienne has been missing the mark in many challenges.
But I love your reviews! And the fact that you're not fooled by all that nasty editing...
I am continually impressed with your recaps, and specifically your objectivity about the show. I was a bit worried to read this episode from you since you obviously have a connection to Darienne, but you really nailed everything about this episode.
Excellent work, as always.
Could Michelle Visage have any more disdain on her face when Ben De La sashayed away? I really can't stand her. SHE does nothing for ME. Who made her any kind of expert on any kind of look? She looks like a suburban ticky tacky trashy NJ suburban housewife/ glam wannabe always. What really annoys me about her is that she feels the queens should be "showing us more" You knew once she said we weren't going to "see anything else" from De la, De La was doomed. Michelle, they are characters, They are here to win various challenges. They are not here to magically change into a different persona each week. I like the sly way De La referred to this in his Untucked goodbye. I would love for someone to just tear her a new one. Get rid of her.
Why is it a big deal to remove shoes during the lip sync?
I've had a chance to meet several of the queens from past seasons (Tyra, Phi Phi, Jiggly, Morgan, Raven) and they have ALL said that the show is highly edited and often out of context. They are also told to play it up off stage while they wait for decisions, so much of the drama is forced then edited to look real. I still love this show and will continue to watch but I just have to take it with a grain of salt. I'm from Rochester and I've met Darienne before as well and chatted with her a few times and I have never seen her be as bitchy and shady as they are making her look on the show. It's disappointing, but it gets ratings and ratings keep the show on the air.
I never thought about the edits like that, I'll admit that Drag Race is the first real reality series that I've followed close enough to even read reviews of (with the exception of my Google News Alert for "Teresa Giudice Indicted". Those are fair points and I will admit to despising Roxxy and Detox last year although looking back I do wonder how much that was due to the edit.
Those are fair points, Glenn. I've never claimed to be unbiased when it comes to Darienne -- I openly admit that she's a hometown queen and I want her to do well. (Same was true for Pandora when she was on the show.) But I do want to clarify that I'm not hanging out with Darienne all the time or anything like that. We've met a few times before and after she taped the show. I have attended a few of her viewing parties and chatted briefly with her there. I did interview her before the show started. But the two of us aren't sitting around eating crackers and having a kiki or anything like that.
I HAVE been harping on the editors/producers a lot this season, but that's not because of Darienne. It's because the character framing has been more obvious than ever. I suspect this is because these queens weren't giving them a lot of actual drama to work with -- they all seem to legitimately like each other -- so the editors felt compelled to create "good guys" and "bad guys" through editing. Darienne got a bad edit in the middle of the season, but now Courtney is getting a really negative portrayal. And I guess my point, which I have perhaps not made clearly in this blog, is that I find that upsetting on behalf of these performers. It must be awful to do this show, throw yourself into it, and then watch and see some distorted version of yourself on television that you had NO control over.
You could argue "reality TV, bought their ticket, they DID say/do all that stuff at some point on camera." And yep, true. But unlike almost any other reality show I can think of, these queens are seriously affected by their edits in their ability to book work post-show. Ask Roxxxy or Phi Phi how their bookings compare to, say, Alaska or Latrice. A queen's character is their livelihood (or at least a form of artistic expression), and once it has been put in the hands of the editors, it can be skewed very pointedly in one direction or another. You have only to look at what viewers are posting on, say, Reddit about Courtney "being nasty" to Joslyn, and some of the really vicious things they're saying about her currently (we'll leave Darienne out of it for the moment, because as I said: admitted bias) to see how her longterm drag career might suffer because some producer thought, "Oh hey, let's make Courtney look like a bitch and Joslyn look like a delicate white flower on which she stomps her heels." That is not what happened in real life. And yet, Courtney's actual career might seriously suffer from this whole thing. And I think that's worth discussing, at least.
I don't know how you can discuss this season (especially) without remarking on the edits. It really appears that these queens aren't at each other's throats, so the drama is being sloppily manufactured.
This used to be the best review on the web, but now it's full of Darienne Lake apologies and constant comments about "oh my, the producers and the edits!". Give it a rest mate, we get that you get to hang out with Darienne and are inclined to take her word when she says "oh, no, sure my jewelry all fell down during the interview but it was just a bad edit full of special effects"
I don't think people think Darienne is especially catty or mean, just that she's incredibly hackneyed, she's clearly fairly full of herself and somehow believes that she's clever, but in reality most of her mean comments (i.e. the crayon comment to Adore in last week's untucked, and her entire Paula Deen schtick from Match Game) are actually just lame attempts at jokes that at best come off as poor "dad jokes", mix that with her wardrobe that seems to be taken straight from Lane Bryant President's Day sale and it's understandable why she's not exactly a fan favorite.
Tyler, you are awesome! Thanks!
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Hi Eric....remembered that you blogged this show and needed to read an intelligent review of it. I have not read the books though (& won;t) so no spoilers please.
It should have been Joslyn vs Trinity or Adore. But let's be honest, y'all are gonna stop watching the show because of it? It's pretty obvious neither Trinity or Josyln has what it takes to win this thing anyway. I'm glad Trinity got to stay and show us more, but she had already been given a few extra chances. Saving her again after not getting Chaz's name right in an interview? No.
It was clearly NOTHING BUT SHADE! Sending Trinity K home... Didnt understand why she was even there??? Yes she fucked that interview up but her runway look was EVERYTHING! And did way better then Ms. Fox, with her poor ass interview & "meaty tuck" lol... in reality it should have been Adore & Joslyn and thats where the shade lies because Trinity had no business being in the bottom two when Joslyn did worst then both of the queens put together! Im fuckin over Ru.. idk if im even going to continue watching, it was a disappointment and very uncalled for and clearly the show is fixed, smfh...
Trinity is a great performer was getting better and then she was send home ole please the show is fixed like most everything else in this fucked up world but Trinity has the look and can lip sink his ass off .and looks better than Rupaul so of course Rupaul would send him packing just because of trinity look what a fucked up show
Honestly, my complaint, particularly in this episode, is the edit. Clearly they focused on Joslyn, who obviously bombed from what we saw. BUT, even Adore thought it was going to be between her and Trinity. The actual reactions that we do see seem to indicate that it really wasn't quite as horrendous as it was at the time. Hell, maybe the rest of her interview went pretty smoothly (if crude). To me, that means that the editing just got completely out of hand, emphasizing Joslyn's mistake because it was juicier for TV than the others.
And the drama in this Untucked episode was so ridiculously over-contrived.
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