The fabulous Lady Cocotte, (please follow her here!) has been covering RuPaul’s Drag Race here for several seasons. Up until this season, the show ran on LOGO. Am I the only person that thinks some channels are require more effort to change the channel too? There are sites on the Internet I go to every day, and others that I may even have a bookmark for that seem like work to “make it over there.” Is that weird? By the second season, I was starting to get FOMO. Even though the show came on at a time that conflicted with some other reality show, I started watching episodes when I had the time. Then I got hooked. And this season, I was so excited for the season to start, I had a little party by myself in comments here while the premiere aired.
In one comment I said, ” WHY IS WENDY WILLIAMS ON MY TV AT NIGHT?”
Look, I tape three morning shows, Live With Kelly!, Wendy Williams, and The View. There is an element of hate watching in all three. But I begin with Wendy because in her first 20 minutes, she basically reads the morning stories from TMZ. I like being read to and it allows me to moderate comments and respond to emails instead of scanning to see if anything crucial happened while I was sleeping. I like Wendy for the most part. She’s a hustler. She has made a successful talk show for herself where many could not. But like everyone else, she has her flaws. She is very honest about her feeling on certain situations. She almost lost her entire show over comments she made about historically black colleges. She has quite a few controversial views and she owns them unless the network makes her apologize.
Back when Wendy’s show first began, a drag artist named Erickatoure Aviance was questioned about her sexuality on the down low at the door and then told she would not be on camera because they do not allow costumes she was seated in the back corner. She was particularly offended because Wendy frequently refers to herself as a drag queen. Eventually production changed their policy and invited her back, ON THE HALLOWEEN SHOW! After Erika had several conversations with the producers she was invited back “any time” and told to dress in whatever makes her comfortable. So she went back and they threw her out! [Source: Hey Queen on YouTube]
Then when Bruce Jenner began transitioning, she did a lot of eye rolling and smack talking about that. I cut her some slack for that. Straight people who don’t spend a lot of time with LGBTQ people, (or more likely, don’t know they are) have been sort of thrust into a world where different sexual orientations are accepted after they had been raised that in an insulated very straight and narrow world. I get that it takes some time for some of the more sheltered folks to acclimate. Wendy’s comments about Bruce still occur from time to time, but they are more subtle.
When talking about Dancing With The Stars the season Pamela Anderson was on, Wendy said, “No homo, but I thought Pamela Anderson looked great.” That resulted in some heat from LGBT advocates.
There is more, but I think I’ve made the point. And former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants have taken to the Internet.
Detox posted on Instagram responding to another queen reminding everyone of the incident:
“THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!! This is why I say @wendywilliamsxo @wendyshow should NOT be hosting the @rupaulsdragrace viewing party on @vh1. She is NOT an ally. She is transphobic. If anything, she is an ENEMY. An enemy profiting off of our community. Fuck. That. #ImpeachWendyWilliams ok fine. Just #FireWendyWilliams”
Alaska Thunderfuck gave an insightful statement exclusively to Unicorn Booty.
Frankly, I think the decision to make Wendy Williams one of the hosts of the weekly spots framing commercial breaks for RuPaul’s Drag Race’s weekly broadcast is tone deaf, untimely and incorrect.
I used to watch Wendy’s “Hot Topics” daily, and some of the things she said during Caitlyn Jenner’s very public transition were beyond questionable.
At that time, much of the nation was learning to navigate trans visibility for the first time and needed guidance and clarity from the media. But instead Wendy repeatedly spouted ignorance and transphobic rhetoric to a daily audience of millions.
I don’t watch her show anymore.
And I certainly don’t think she is the right person to be hosting our community’s flagship television program. I think it’s good for Drag Race to be moving toward the mainstream. I’m grateful for the move to VH1. I’m glad that one million people watched the first episode of Season 9. Our message is one of love and acceptance and truth and strength and perseverance, and I believe it should reach everyone, near and far.
But I also believe we need to remember who we are. And remember that it is we who built this. We need to be vigilant and respectful when choosing the shepherds into whose hands we’re putting ourselves. We need to be wary of people hitching themselves to the wildly successful Drag Race wagon for monetary gain — especially if they can’t even name the winners of season 1, 2 and 3 in order.
And I’m not the only one who feels this way.
I get it. I found Wendy to be a very odd choice to do some sort of live commentary during the commercial breaks of Drag Race. Frankly, I don’t want to see Ross Matthews either. It was a new thing for this season and I don’t like it.
Unless of course they brought in Santino to do the live commentary. I loves me some Santino.
Anyway, I don’t know what you people do at 8 pm on Friday nights. I know it may be a bit out of your comfort zone for some of you, but I highly recommend tuning into Drag Race at 8 pm. It’s a celebration of love and individuality with a healthy dose of bickering that y’all love so much on housewives. You might even end your week having an hour of mindless fun and elaborate costumes. The Lady Cocotte even wrote you a handy guide to all of the contestants. I’ve already picked my two favorites. Just like football, the contest is much more fun if you pick a pony or two in the beginning to root for.
What have you got to lose?