Joining me this week to discuss the Drag Race is IMP QUEEN! She recently celebrated her very first year of drag, but she’s already an indelible presence in the Chicago scene. (Photo by Jo Control with styling by Daniella DeLuna)
Chad: I was so thrilled with this week’s episode — I think it might be the high point of the entire season! There’s plenty of fun stuff to talk about, but first, let’s dig into the workroom drama between Naomi and Derrick. What do you think was at the heart of their bickering?
Imp Queen: I think last night they reached the point of the competition where politeness and tact and desire to appear “unbitchy” on TV went out the window. Derrick accused Naomi of attacking her to cover up her own insecurities, but sometimes I think the behavior you imagine you are seeing in others is really the behavior you are refusing to see in yourself. I think Derrick seemed really shaken by the journey of the competition, the struggle to find his own “authentic” identity in drag. And I think Naomi was rightfully annoyed that Derrick kept criticizing Naomi’s objectively superior visual drag. Also, as much as this is “the big fight of the season,” there really wasn’t all that much animosity, just spirited disagreement. This wasn’t a Shangela/Mimi or a Phi Phi/Sharon moment. Which I think speaks to the increasing media savvy of the queens each season.
Chad: One of the reasons I enjoyed this episode so much was that, even after all that animosity, Naomi and Derrick made an effort the following day to talk and help each other out. It was very humanizing and warm — the bonds of their sisterhood were evident. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…