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Ru Paul’s Drag Race

RuPaul’s Drag Race is a competitive reality TV show created by RuPaul and produced by World of Wonder for Logo TV, in which drag queens compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” This YouTube video, published by MsMojo on April 22, 2017, lists the top ten drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race. This video has over a million and a half views on YouTube, with comments mostly from fans debating the selection and order of the contestants.

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How does the video characterize the individuals who make the top ten list?

What can you infer from the video about what makes a good contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race? Which traits are most desirable?

MsMojo is a YouTube channel that makes pop-culture top 10 lists for young millennial women. How does the announcer’s voice over fit this target audience? Why might RuPaul’s Drag Race be featured on this channel?

How do standards for drag queens compare to standards for cis-gender women in contemporary society?