There’s no such factor as an excessive amount of Drag Race. I don’t care that 29 episodes of Drag Race reveals have aired in 2021 alone (and we’re solely 20 weeks into this yr). I’m ready for 2 Drag Race collection to air concurrently—for the second time in 2021, thoughts you. I’ll watch all of it as a result of, really, there isn’t any higher, persistently entertaining franchise on TV proper now—and additionally as a result of the franchise has all of a sudden turn out to be instructional.
With the launch of each worldwide version, I be taught extra about different international locations and cultures than I ever discovered in public faculty. And proper now, I’m all about RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under. Specifically, I’m all about Anita Wigl’it and Kita Mean, the 2 queens that basically embody what differentiates Australasian drag from what we have been simply served in RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 and Drag Race UK Season 2 (additionally in 2021).
This ain’t shade in direction of the opposite contestants on Down Under, both; bear in mind, trolls, that it’s attainable to elevate up a pair queens with out shoving others. I additionally bought loads of love for the third New Zealand queen on the collection, Elektra Shock. I called her the standout in my evaluate! I really love the whole forged and am having a blast with this ridiculous season. But there’s simply one thing about Kita and Anita that feels price mentioning as a result of they really feel in contrast to something we’ve seen in 1,000,000 seasons of Drag Race to date. Like Baga Chipz from the UK, Jimbo from Canada, and Sederginne from Holland earlier than them, these two Kiwi queens really feel uniquely—this isn’t a learn!—regional, as in they totally symbolize their area of the globe.
There’s Anita, an all-smiles queen who can’t flip it off. Whether she’s on the runway or having an emotional confessional second concerning the distance between herself and her father, she stays a ray of sunshine. Anita Wigl’it’s like a type of lamps used to deal with seasonal affective dysfunction. You have a look at her, it doesn’t matter what she’s doing, and you simply really feel the heat. But Anita’s bought a raunchy aspect which she used to subvert her silliness. This is a queen who gained Snatch Game taking part in Queen Elizabeth as a doddering, kinda sexy, vindictive dame. And her lady group lyrics included the lyric “my dry ass pussy is serving you gran.”
Then there’s Kita Mean, who… I actually can’t sum up as succinctly as Anita as a result of she’s simply… I imply, she’s a vibrant New Zealand queen named after a drug that causes intense hallucinations and disassociation. Right there’s the dichotomy we’re working with! She’s a queen recognized to rock the area’s enormous, Priscilla-style foam wigs—so in fact she selected to do Dr. Seuss in Snatch Game. She might be shady as hell, particularly to her longtime collaborator Anita. Kita was throwing shade in direction of Anita earlier than she even entered the Werk Room! There’s form of a Pinky and the Brain power between these two, if Pinky made intercourse jokes and Brain proclaimed himself the queen of camp as a substitute of king of the world.
Now that we’re just a few weeks into the present, the judges have actually began to discover that these two are on a distinct wavelength. In Episode 3, Aussie decide Rhys Nicholson stated of Anita, “There’s a manic-ness to you that absolutely fucking terrifies me and I love it.” Nicholson principally stated the identical factor about Kita (“There’s a kind of manic energy about you that’s really infectious”), and then Mama Ru herself gave Kita probably the most… distinctive? … praise in franchise herstory: “Something happens when you get into drag. There’s a glint in your eye that feels kind of weird crossdresser-y in a way that—it feels like you’re having so much fun, and I love it.”
The judges are… okay, they aren’t choosing up what Kita and Anita are placing down as a result of clearly it weirds them out a bit. But lordy do they love trying at what they’re placing down. But you recognize what? I’m choosing up what they’re placing down and letting it wiggle it’s approach in—good god, this metaphor went right into a k-hole. Moving on!
All that is what makes Kita and Anita indicative of not solely Down Under drag, however particularly New Zealand drag. There’s a humility and positivity to the entire New Zealand vibe, interlaced with a weird, biting, typically self-deprecating humorousness. This is evidenced by Taika Waititi’s filmography, all of Flight of the Conchords, and the entire social media presence of the endlessly good-looking Sam Neill. Maybe I really feel so attuned to Kita and Anita as a result of I’ve spent the previous few months bingeing Sam’s—my first-ever crush—total filmography, together with Sleeping Dogs, Sam’s fantastic documentary about New Zealand film, and this absolutely charming look at his life in New Zealand. This is a tangent, I admit, however I’ll do all the things in my energy to persuade World of Wonder to guide Sam Neill as a visitor decide on Season 2 of Drag Race Down Under. Kita, Anita—you’re feeling me on this, proper?? #SamNeillsDragRace
Anyway—there’ll by no means be sufficient Drag Race as a result of we’ll by no means run out of latest international locations, new personalities, and new types of queens. Every season—together with the American seasons—delivers the surprising, and that makes each spinoff a world of prospects. Every season has a Kita and Anita, and Kita and Anita are, in fact, the Kita and Anita of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.
Oh—and Kita and Anita co-host their very own reality-competition collection known as House of Drag. It aired two seasons on TVNZ—the identical community airing Drag Race Down Under in New Zealand. So… who’s gonna snatch up the US streaming rights??