Drag Queen Theology

I am so enjoying RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo these days. From "Gentlemen, start your engines" all the way to the last dance on the runway. If you haven't seen it, it's a reality contest to name the next superstar drag queen. I've watched it from the get-go.

Drag queens fascinate me. These remarkable illusionists are the quintessential pros, and the nine competitors in RuPaul's Drag Race are all superstars. I love what American drag queen RuPaul once said about drag queens, "I do not impersonate females! How many women do you know who wear seven-inch heels, four-foot wigs, and skintight dresses?" He also said, "I don't dress like a woman; I dress like a drag queen!"

In this week's episode, five of the nine had been eliminated. We were down to four. Bebe Zaharia Benet, Nina Flowers, Rebecca Glasscock, and Shannel. I would have been happy if one particular one was eliminated. She wasn't, but that's not what grabbed me by the throat and made me choke.

What grabbed me was Shannel. Shannel had enchanted me all the way along. I really, really wanted her to win. She was sweet. She wanted to give everyone the benefit of the doubt (at the beginning). She worked on her attitude all the time. Shannel is a Las Vegas showgirl drag queen, and did she demonstrate the Law of Attraction in high relief!

Each of the remaining four contestants, dressed in eveningwear in the style of a flavored Absolut vodka, was asked, "Who do you think ought to be eliminated from this competition?"

Contestants one, two and three each chose one of their competitors, but Shannel, contestant four in that particular lineup, Shannel chose ... herself. I squeaked out, "Oh, Shannel! No!" as soon as she did it.

Shannel, beautiful, stunning, gorgeous Las Vegas showgirl, she hoisted herself on her own petard -- for real. One of the sentences of toads and newts that fell from her lip-lined mouth was, "I don't want to be here anymore." Well, sugar Shannel, that was it! RuPaul had no choice but to eliminate you!

We've all read and heard about the secret of attracting what we want in our lives. Much of the time it works, but, for sure, a way to make the law of attraction work fast is through the spoken word. In the Hebrew Bible, Yahweh spoke the worlds into being.

Speech, dear one, creates.

Sometimes, instantly.

In Shannel's case, her drag queen theological come-uppance, occurred after a lip-synched song, but come the inevitable did. It had to.

I really wanted Shannel to be the next drag queen superstar, but since she's been eliminated, take a theological lesson from exquisite Shannel. Speak what you want, darlin', not what you don't want! Now and forever.

And to you, Shannel, wherever you may be, dance one for me -- you're spectacular.

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