Loving RuPaul’s Netflix Series “AJ and the Queen”
We started watching RuPaul’s new series on Netflix, AJ and the Queen, last night and we liked it. It’s an old trope, the story line isn’t absolutely thrilling, the cliches are there, but it’s very well done and that makes a huge difference. Actually, very well done indeed.
The acting is excellent, the costumes are interesting, the settings seem accurate, and it really does depict a good deal of real life drag culture. At least from what little I know about drag culture. Performing professionally in drag can be a very difficult life for the most dedicated, and I’ve seen that first hand myself. New Hope, where I live, has always had drag culture and I’ve learned a great deal over the years through friends.
With that said, here’s a nice review for AJ and the Queen that I think sums it all up well.
It is a treat, one that fans of the world’s preeminent drag queen haven’t enjoyed for years, with the Emmy-winning host spending the last decade preferring to preside over the stage as younger, fame-hungry queens show off for the world on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
I also think it’s the kind of show everyone can enjoy, even if you’re not familiar with drag culture.
Here’s the link to read the rest. And I’d also like to add that I love this new series, AJ and the Queen, and I’ve never actually watched RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Gay People Living In a World of Straight Romance
When I started to parody straight romance movies with all gay characters, and all gay romance, for Ravenous Romance it was not an accident. It was not about fandom either. We did this for a reason. That was over 10 years ago and we knew we were going to take a lot of heat for it. And we did take a lot of heat for it, especially with reviewers who are straight and do not understand the first thing about being gay.
But we did it anyway, and that’s because LGBTQ people never had any mainstream romance with which they could identify. As a reader and a gay man, I never had any real mainstream gay romance to which I could relate. So we took Pretty Woman and parodied it with Pretty Man, and Sleepless In Seattle became Sleepless In San Francisco. There is a list of others, too. And I personally have no regrets whatsoever, and in spite of the negative reviews I often took at times I would do it all over again.
And this writer sums it all up perfectly:
Nor can you assume that increased acceptance for gays among the general population and the proliferation of apps like Grindr and Scruff have made gay romance easier. They’ve increased the expediency of hooking up, and they‘re generally considered more respectable than roaming public parks and bathrooms. But for those of us who prefer connections that are more serendipitous and less transactional, finding an eligible gay man offline during regular business hours can be like trying to pick out a Lakers fan at a Yankees game.
Here’s a link to read it in full. If you are one of those straight people who think it’s so much easier for gay people, check it out. You might learn something.
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