Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I Find Drag a Drag

I'm not into drag, never have been, never will.

Sunday night a friend of mine, whom I haven't seen in awhile, called and asked me to come out for a drink. His friend's partner was performing in a drag show. Did I want to go? No but I couldn't refuse him. So at nine o'clock at night, on a school night mind you, I got dressed and went over to the local coffeehouse/bar where this show was to be performed.

Of course when I got there my friend had not yet shown. I ordered a $9.50 glass of wine (pricey) and gave him five minutes or I was leaving: at four minutes and fifty-nine seconds he walked in.

It was good to see him. We caught up on things. He's going to the Cape for the summer so we made plans to do dinner.

But I have to ask what is the appeal to drag? Where's the talent? Maybe I just don't understand nor appreciate it. Quite frankly I find it silly and dumb.

If the performers actually sang instead of lip syncing then I could see some artistry. But to stand up there and pose just has zero interest to me. Maybe it's just me.

Shauna Dixon was one of the performers. She was actually the partner of my friend's friend who come to find out I knew as well. I remember Shauna from the 90s performing at the now defunct Excalibur club in Peabody. She did two songs, one of which was from Phantom. Again all posing. There were 3 or 4 other performers all equally as bad.

Is it just me or is drag just a drag?

14 comments:

Michael Rivers said...

I've always enjoyed it. When you see drag that is done very very well versus average/bad drag, you see the artistry/talent in creating the illusion. At least that's how it worked with me. LOL.

Lemuel said...

I'm with you on this one. I do not get drag either, but I would not take it away from those who like it. I just do not enjoy it for myself.
We get Logo (TV) and during the day when I am home by myself I have watched some shows. Of late it seems all they have on is the Drag Race. So I've not been watching anything on there.

Rick said...

I've seen episodes of Drag Race. I agree it can be entertaining.

Mike, Studio city said...

I have had good friends that go out in drag but do not entertain. Lip sync, I could care less.

Ur-spo said...

I like 'bad drag' viz. people lip synching and not too well. When they are trying 'too hard' it looses its zany appeal for me.
I have never done drag myself, no interest but if I did it would be 'silly' not serious.

Stephen Chapman... said...

I agree with your "silly and dumb" comment. I dont get it either. I find it embarrassing to watch and dont find it funny and miming has few skills.

wcs said...

What I find to be a drag is $9.50 for a glass of wine! That's outrageous!

I've seen good and bad drag, but not very much of either. I'm no expert.

Rick said...

I agree the silly can be fun to watch.

tornwordo said...

I totally agree. There are good drag queens who SING the songs. That is a real talent. One that blew my mind was hir:
http://www.dragchanteuse.com/

Greg said...

I find drag to be fun to watch, seeing people be over the top, poking fun at themselves, pop culture and at gender roles in society. It takes courage and quite a bit of self-esteem, I would think, to go through the whole process.

I'm even hooked on RuPaul's Drag Race. I could never do it myself, though.

Less Confused said...

I just don't believe everything in life must have a purpose. I enjoy the silly and dumb because it is just that, silly and dumb.

It's not for everyone, I would never dress in drag, but I enjoy the silly things in life, it keeps me from becoming too serious.

In many cases they are just people struggling to be themselves and find acceptance, but I agree it's better when they actually sing.

Jabacue said...

I really enjoy good drag. The first season of Ru Paul's Drag Race was great.....very convincing. I figure that if you are going to go to all the trouble to look like a woman, you had better look like a woman....otherwise , it kinda turns into a 'sideshow' of sorts.

Life Beyond the Casinos said...

We all dress up in some way. We have our work clothes, our golf attire, fishing outfits. I agree that bad drag is a drag, but this form of expression is one of our earliest and most recognizable community symbols. Drag queens along with the leather community have done a lot for gay rights. It's in your face camp that makes fun of us and how the rest of the world sees us. I like that it gets on the nerves of our conservative world. The fact that most people don't get it is why it works.

madtexter ☺☺☺☺☺☺ (corey james) said...

That's SUCH a drag! But been there, done that...guilty as charged:

http://www.madtexter.com/2009/10/halloween-can-be-real-drag.html