Friday, April 30, 2010
Folks are claiming RuPaul's being racist because both winners were Black.
I'm sorry, but Pandora Boxx? No! Those dresses and her look was not cutting it. She should have been gone a while ago. I thought Jessica Wild would have lasted longer than Pandora.
On Monday, RuPaul revealed the winner of the second season of his RuPaul's Drag Race reality TV show, and it turned out to be Tyra Sanchez.
The choice was controversial. A sizable number of viewers were rooting for the quick-witted Pandora Boxx , who had been eliminated earlier in the season, but who won the Miss Congeniality Award in the reunion show ("by a landslide," RuPaul said).
There are plenty of good reasons to second-guess the actual pick, but racism on the part of RuPaul isn't one of them.
But weirdly, that is precisely what a disturbing number of people are saying, on the Drag Race Facebook page and even here in the comments at AfterElton.com.
What's the evidence? Despite selecting multi-racial casts this year and last, RuPaul's eventual winners, Sanchez and last year's Bebe Zahara Benet, were both black.
Accusing someone of racism is one of the most serious accusations you can make about a person — or so conservatives have been reminding us for the last thirty years.
I'm not sure what motivates the ridiculous charge against RuPaul, except to say I think the accusation itself is a form of racism and, intended or not, it makes a mockery of the whole concept of racism.
I think this is silly, Tyra won, she worked her ass off. Raven is great, but Tyra sold it. Let's not take it there, please.