“Strap in and strap on. This is the humongo.”
Ross Matthews, a celebrity judge, expressed excitement during the New York premiere episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15. It was held at The Conrad Hotel in Downtown Manhattan.
This season, the series’ flagship has moved to MTV. It aired on VH1 for six years. MTV stars Nicole “Snooki”, Jenni (“JWoww”) Farley and Jenni (Snooki) Polizzi were there to support the new sisters. Polizzi said that the new year’s resolution is for them to be guest judges on Drag Race.
VH1 is our sister. But now that RuPaul, all the queens, and us are together, we’re officially one unit,” said the “Jersey Shore” star.Variety. Jenny and I have set our goal for 2023 to become judges on the new RuPaul. Let’s make it happen.
Polizzi joked that she would match the energy and sass of reality TV series when asked to join the table at the judge’s desk.
Polizzi stated, “I love both the performance and the sass.” While I love everything about the look, the performance is what I prefer. This is a must-see show.
The celebrity guests judges for this season include Julia Garner and Harvey Guillen as well as Janelle Monae, Janelle Kiyoko, Maren Morris (orvillepeck.com), Megan Statler, Amandla Strenberg, Ali Wong, Megan Statler and Megan Statler. Ariana Grande will be back as guest judge in the season’s second part.
“You might see that.” [Grande] Had a genuine love for what they do,” stated contestant Mistress Isabelle Brooks. She saw the artist in people she was speaking to. She saw that we weren’t dancing monkeys.
Erik Bottcher (New York City Council member) was also present at the premiere. He is a member the LGBTQ+ Caucus. Bottcher was arrested last month for vandalism of his office and residence after he expressed support for Drag Story Hour at local libraries. Bottcher was attacked by a third protester, who was assaulted physically by one of his neighbors. Two were taken into police custody for criminal trespassing.
Bottcher stated, “I witnessed firsthand the face hate in all its pure form.” Bottcher said that those who vandalized property or committed acts of violence against people should be punished. It was important to have those who broke into my house were taken into custody. First Amendment is fine, but it’s not acceptable.
Aura Mayari, a Nashville resident and Season 15 contestant, stressed that Tennessee is among many states in which lawmakers consider bills banning public drag shows.
Mayari stated that Drag Race is all about celebrating humanity and celebrating love. We’re trying to spread that love to many people. Cross-dressing is a common practice among men. It’s not something serious.
Salina EsTitties, contestant, said that the backlash against drag performers feels like a distraction to larger political issues.
EsTitties stated that “there are gun-toting people who are targeting schools and not allowing for gun control.” “Drag queens don’t harm anyone. “We’re going to get louder, be more visible, but we aren’t throwing bullets. We’re just throwing glitter.”
Matthews stated, “Drag and the ‘Drag Race’ have always been politically charged — Ru claims she cannot blink her false eyes without making a political statement. Even though drag has been around since Shakespearean times we are being used to create a cultural divide. We won’t allow them to do that.
He said that reality television highlighted the universalities of drag queen experiences.
Matthews stated, “Yes it is drag queens competing for the top, but it’s actually about the human heart.” Matthews said, “Express yourself fully and be your authentic self, whatever it may be.”
MTV’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” premieres January 6 at 8 p.m.