Drag is political! The reality drag queen competition “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has always centered around stories of discrimination, while celebrating an art form at the heart of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement in this country.
And Season 12 is ready for an election year by calling the winner “America’s first drag queen president”, so we’re expecting a politically-themed competition, including incredible guest judges, like…
Drag superfan and U.S. Representative, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez!
AOC is the first Latina politician to judge “Drag Race,” which she said was “100% a peak experience.”
Already one of the most racially and ethnically diverse competition shows on television, each season’s had queens of color competing and winning, including fan-favorite Latinx Bianca Del Rio.
However, host and creator RuPaul has faced criticism for limiting the contestant pool to cis gay men, and not including trans, female, and non-binary members of the drag community.
He’s apologized for that and fans hope he makes the show even more inclusive.
“Drag Race” has played a major role in bringing drag into the mainstream, and AOC’s involvement only solidifies the strong correlation between politics and self-expression.