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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 10, Episode 7: The Mermaid Fantasy runway challenge, a homage to the Divine Miss M

Mister D: So they did a Bette Midler/Delores Delago tribute on Rupaul and I missed it, but I did have the hilarious pleasure of reading some of the younger generation’s reaction. There was the who is Bette Midler crowd. Really. Some just didn’t get Delores Delago. What’s there not to get? And last and least the social justice warriors who thought the act was misguided and making fun of disabled people. Well, think they would be flabbergasted at how a disabled person could be so resourceful that she could choreograph a dance, sing fabulously while rolling around at breakneck speed on a stage, tell jokes, and then to top it off lead a fucking sing a long. Or maybe they could have just looked at it as a resourceful mermaid who went on to become a superstar while stranded on land. Thank God the majority of folks were overjoyed with glee at a homage to Bette Midler and the recently deceased Delores DeLago, The Toast Of Chicago. Long Live Delores!

New York Times
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 10, Episode 7: The Mermaid Fantasy runway challenge, a homage to the Divine Miss M
By Amanda Duarte
May 3, 2018

Midler, Rupaul, Mermaid. Challenge

The Mermaid Fantasy runway challenge, a homage to the Divine Miss M, showed us how well these men have been taught to fish. Aquaria served a Rex Tillerson fantasy as an oil-spilled, tattered-tailed mermaid. Monét’s “warrior mermaid” look earned the quip “Tuna Turner” from Ru, and I cannot write anything funnier than that, and therefore will not try.

Asia’s grotesque lionfish mask earned an “ick” from all of the judges save Kate Upton, who “kind of loved it.” (Kate, if you want to really love a twisted-faced fish, call me. I’m single.) And The Vixen’s unturned tuna had rather wide-set cans, prompting Kate to noodle, “no one wants the breasts in the armpit.” (Sigh, don’t call me, Kate. We’ll never work.)

The candidates were then asked that most unanswerable debate question — “Who deserves to go home tonight, and why?” Every queen on the stage elected to send The Vixen home, with the exception of her arch-nemesis Eureka. She named Asia, who she believes is her fiercest competition, which I do not also believe. The Vixen, naturally, voted Eureka off the island, citing her “unprofessionalism,” her habit of claiming to be attacked and her “This is who I am. Deal with it” attitude. (And we all thought irony died on 9/11.)

In an attempt to Define The Relationship, Eureka countered that she has reached out to Vixen many times with love, and has been rebuffed at every turn. This provoked a torrent of defense, and even more eye rolls. I do hope Ru keeps a medic on hand.

Aquaria’s Trump-Tillerson ticket bought her a six-night stay on that refuge for the tattered-tailed, Fire Island, while The Vixen’s poisonous Ivy and Monique’s stagnant Waters sank them to the ocean floor. The two were ordered to runoff to “Cut To The Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen, who, my bus-crushed corpse weeps blood, will likely be known by more viewers than Dorothy Parker and Bette Midler combined.

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