SHADY COMMENTARY: The In-Room Count that Lead to Anarchy
That thirteenth episode of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10, the "Reunited" episode, dang that was rough. We had stories of redemption and retribution, success and demise, "who was right/who was wrong?", but in the end we had a vote...an informal poll that has lead to ruin for at least one Queen.
In the last few minutes of the episode, Ru simply asked the Contestants in 5th through 14th places, "Who do you want to win?" As they progressed, votes (and the reasons for them) built up for 3 of the 4 competing at the Finale -- Asia (she sponsors community), Aquaria (she has grown so much) and Eureka (she is a fierce Queen and sister) -- but only Kameron sat dejected as not one Queen in that room said they sided with her. She didn't receive a single vote. And rather than finding a crown on her head, Kameron's head was on the floor.
Kameron's lack of votes seemed to follow with the conversation just before, regarding her personality backstage. It seems the shyness we thought we were seeing in the edit was perceived VERY differently backstage, and the other girls were not having it. They called Kameron out hard, and it was tough to watch. Monique stood and did an impression of Kameron entering a room -- Ru's eyes just silently followed her in the impression. A few minutes later, Monique called Kameron out when a flash of "that girl there" was seen on her face. There were other moments of great emotion through the night, but this one is still haunting me because the impact of it shakes the foundations of the season's story, starting all the way back to episode 1 when we noted we barely heard Kameron speak.
Though my initial feelings after watching that segment were intense, the repercussions have not been felt fully yet. A large percentage of that segment was spent on Kameron's backstage behavior, and then the following vote. Will Ru turn a blind eye to all that information? Not likely.
I don't like this contestants voting thing, unless we call it for what it is, like they do with other reality shows. On Survivor, the contestants know they're behavior with other players is part of the ending vote; on Big Brother it's every week. But this is the second time this year this voting (informal or not) has been thrust upon us. And it doesn't sit right with me. Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent does not include Informal Elections.
Didn't we JUST go through this? Didn't we JUST feel the pain of Allstars and the changed fate of the entire season with a simple vote? And here we are again. And much like Allstars 3, I'm left considering this a popularity contest rather than an actual statement of perceived ability. Asking eliminated Queens to vote for their favorite when one of the contestants in question single-handedly sent 3 of them home -- literally no one else in this season can claim that stat -- seems ill planned, and hardly fair. Only Miz Cracker had the guts to say it out loud.
And although this time the vote in the room doesn't literally lead to the Final Two, it seems pretty clear that regardless of the outcome of the lip-syncs on Finale Night, we won't see Kameron with a crown. Not this season anyway. I guess we'll have to wait for her redemption storyline.