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There’s No Business Like Snow Business on ‘Canada’s Drag Race’ [RECAP and RANKINGS]



Even though the results have been impossible to avoid (and the combination of COVID and international broadcast made it at times difficult to follow), Canada’s Drag Race delivered a slamdunk episode en route to its first finale.

This episode had everything: Hilarious mini challenge! Creativity and ingenuity in the workroom! A ball! Emotional moments with childhood photos! MICHELLE VISAGE! Priyanka got drunk!

“Snow Ball” pushed all my Drag Race buttons.

It’s easy to be beguiled by the final four in most seasons, having spent enough time with the cast and given the remaining queens expanded screentime. However, these four feel particularly talented AND likable. Even the judges — joined by Drag Race grand dame Michelle Visage — felt a little breezier when they left the air of authority to Michelle.

What I’m saying is that I would nominate this episode for inclusion in the Drag Race International Tickle Trunk Time Capsule (TM).

Enough generalized praise; let’s dive into the recap.

There’s a little shade to start as Rita bids adieu to her crush, Lemon. Bobo wants to know, on behalf of herself and Jimbo, what’s it like lip syncing for your life? Rita doesn’t hesitate to shoot back that Bobo also doesn’t know what it’s like to WIN a main challenge. Touché.

The mood is much lighter the next day when Stacey arrives looking fierce as hell to intro this week’s mini challenge. The gals are joined by comedian Sabrina Jalees to screen test singing the Canadian national anthem in a green-screened arena. Stacey and Sabrina give the queens direction to speed up, slow down, act afraid, etc. etc.

It’s a lot more fun than it should be. All four queens bring the funny, but Rita and Jimbo snap into character quickest. The win rightly goes to Rita, who seemed to always have the perfect way to bring each direction to life.

There’s no real advantage in the massive maxi challenge: The Snow Ball. The ladies will showcase three wintery outfits, including Executive Holiday Party Realness, Aprés the Aprés Ski icy walk of shame and, finally, a custom-crafted Ice Queen Eleganza.

The ball challenge is always a season-favorite since it packs so much into the runway presentation. It feels more like a true test of DRAG — more than any fake commercial or sitcom sketch — and it’s an ode to the bold queens of color that blessed us with ball culture. The contestants always appreciate the difficulty of the ball challenge, but these gals treat the ball with particular reverence, both for what it means to the competition and what it means to history.

It’s not an easy road for all. First, they’re going to be facing Michelle Visage on the mainstage, and you can guarantee she won’t be nearly the famously supportive squirrel friend Traci Melchor is. Priyanka should be afraid, since she’s basically sticking a bunch of crap on a corset.

Bobo also seems a little scared, since she’s got no sewing experience. In a scene that recalls her struggle to understand the concept of … editing … with Ilona earlier in the season, Bobo just can not grasp how the one piece of fur she has can become four pieces for the cape she envisions, despite Jimbo’s explanation.

Jimbo is, surprise, feeling confident getting ready, since she has lots of costuming experience. Rita recognizes how each remaining queen is a threat, but she’s pulling out all the stops for her lewk.

Getting ready for the runway, the dolls dish on who is rooting for them back home. Priyanka and Bobo get support from their mothers, while Rita praises her loving, construction worker dad. Jimbo blows off the question, talking about her thousands of fans, but that’s probably just a front to mask how panicked she is about her makeup.

The time on the runway is a blast. Seeing Michelle front and center is actually a hoot, and it looks like she is having so much fun in the captain’s chair. She picked a great week to stop by.

First up, Jimbo comes out in a glam gold wrap concealing a little lingerie that would land anyone on the naughty list. Her aprés the aprés ski character was rode hard and put away icy. She’s got the signature Jimbo flitter and vacant expression. and it just makes me wonder if every Jimbo character has been caught mid walk of shame. Most troubling of all, her Ice Queen was sloppy. It’s an overly ornamental mess that’s so unwieldy on the runway, Jimbo can barely walk, let alone serve.

Rita has a rough start. Her executive reads a little cartoony, but without any of the color or flair you’d expect. There’s even less holiday magic applied. It’s plain and a little sad. The judges HATED it. She makes another odd choice for round two, the walk of shame. It’s a butch character that passed out on the party and woke up with a face full of Sharpie. It’s creative, and the vision is well-executed. Michelle calls it performance art, but wonders if it’s right for Drag Race. Finally, she walks — scratch that — she INCHES down the runway in another tough to trot dress. Big foam embellishments on the bodice make it memorable, but the judges think the lack of hip pads ruins the illusion.

Do you love the holidays? Not as much as Priyanka’s executive realness! Man, she comes careening down the runway full of Christmas spirit with a matching Christmas tree skirt and jacket and holiday lights necklace. She’s serving full “fun office lady” energy, and it’s irresistible. For aprés ski, she’s giving you aprés slut aprés too many aperol spritzes. It’s a note-perfect “still drunk the next morning” routine. Just when she’s two for two, that body suit comes traipsing down the runway with a paper skirt for the third look, and you can feel the chill roll down Michelle Visage’s spine. Without fail, she lays into Priyanka for the garment, but also praises her makeup and styling.

Finally, it’s Scarlett’s week to shine, and she delivers three strong outfits. The first doesn’t scream “HOLIDAY” but it does scream “HOT AF.” She wears an expertly tailored newsprint suit down the runway and lights money on fire in an Ivana wig. Scarlett adds a layer to her walk of shame with some icy details that tell the story of a girl who passed out in a snowbank (but made it fashion). Bobo steals the show though with her final look. Instead of the typical eleganza gowns, she goes punk-viking, shining even without sewing skills. It’s a testament to the styling, because the garment itself is a little saggy.

There are two moments where Michelle asserts herself, “host” designation be damned, to show these upstarts what real judging looks like. All her criticisms are spot on and clearly articulated. When Jeffrey starts worrying “who” Priyanka’s aprés character “is,” Michelle is quick to cut through the non-comment by succinctly reminding him, she was playing a whore. (Come on, Jeffrey. Let’s not overcomplicate things.) She even interrupts Satcey’s modeling instructions to assure her they will not make a difference on Priyanka’s sloppy garment.

Following the judges’ comments, Bobo’s win is all but guaranteed. Before the girls are dismissed, they each confront a photo of their younger selves. You know how this goes. Tears are shed.

Backstage, Jimbo half-jokingly lays into Priyanka’s and Rita’s garments while Priyanka proceeds to get LIT on complimentary cocktails. You’d think this would happen more often, but maybe it’s just not usually this charming.

It’s no surprise when Bobo’s win is made official, but who is joining her in the top three? All the other girls received some degree of criticism. They spare Priyanka, leaving Rita and Jimbo to lip sync to Tegan and Sara’s “Closer.”

It’s an odd performance, but it’s tough not to feel joy with this track. Rita uses scissors to cut away the constricting gown, and it frees her up for a more dynamic sync. Jimbo seems to reject a lot of Rita’s attempt to interplay, but doesn’t really do much with the performance. Maybe the dress or heavy crown is to blame? Either way, it’s a shame, but it’s got to be Jimbo here.

The clever clown doesn’t leave without making a statement, gifting us with one of the most memorable exits of all time. She drops to her knees screaming “WHYYYYY?!” before collapsing on her face and slinking off the runway. Then, back in the work room, she uses the mirror lipstick to serve a little Buffalo Bill realness. Excellent, excellent stuff.

That leaves three! (Or one, if you’ve already watched the finale!) It feels disingenuous to pretend to prognosticate when the result is already out there. So, consider the rankings below as more of a snapshot where they’re at at this point, rather than a prediction.

  1. At the conclusion of this episode, I asked myself “Whom am I most excited to see next week?” The answer is undoubtedly Priyanka. Sure, I would never hire her as a seamstress, but she lights up the stage and screen whenever she appears. Her first two runway presentations (“look” doesn’t do the performance justice) were divine, and she handled Michelle’s criticism with aplomb and good humor.
  2. A little surprising, but after this week, I’d put Scarlett Bobo toward the top of my list as well. She’s not quite an actress or character comedian, but damn if she don’t slay every runway. She’s got a crystal clear identity for herself, and she finds lots of little ways to breathe life into the character (the Bobo headpiece, the punk rock trappings, the fire and smoke, etc.). She’s EXCITING, and her runway presentation is consistently electric. She looked amazing in all three categories and mightily deserved the win.
  3. While it was the right call to send her packing after this incredibly tight top four, I’d still rather see Jimbo for one more week. There was no saving that lip sync, but when I think back to Jimbo’s best moments this season, she’s in a class of her own. I think her exit is further proof that this is a supremely clever queen. She reminds me almost of season six BenDeLaCreme in the way she’s made such a strong showing but missed the finale. (Though no one would confuse Jimbo with Miss Congeniality.)
  4. It’s not that Rita didn’t deserve to stay tonight, nor is it a knock on her skills, but out of the final four, I find her well-executed classic drag missing that something special the other three queens all seem to have. It sounds harsh, but really we’re splitting hairs. Rita is more than worth of her top-three inclusion, and she clearly out performed Jimbo in the lip sync.

Who will walk away the winner? Find out in next week’s finale (or on Twitter).


Supergirl: Coming to an End After Season 6!




Supergirl will soon fly someplace far, far away from television fans.

But any time too soon at least.

The CW announced on Tuesday that the beloved drama will come to an end after the upcoming sixth season.

It’s unclear at this juncture whether the network yanked the plug or producers decided to move on from the series — but Supergirl will soon begin production on the final 20 episodes of what has been an enjoyable run.

“To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement,” star Melissa Benoist wrote in an Instagram post after the news broke.

Along with Benoist, the show stars Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Andrea Brooks, Azie Tesfai, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair and David Harewood. Previous stars included Mehcad Brooks, Jeremy Jordan, Chris Wood, Floriana Lima, Odette Annable and Calista Flockhart.

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Continued Benoist in her message:

“Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless. She’s had that impact on me, too. 

“She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better.

“She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful.”


Supergirl‘s first season, which debuted in October 2015 on CBS, averaged 7.7 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers).

Upon being switched to The CW for Season 2, it slipped to a 2.4 million/0.7, which was expected with the change of networks.

For Season 5?

The show fell to 840,000 total viewers and a 0.22 demo rating, down a full 30 percent from Season 4.


Wrote Benoist of portraying Supergirl:

“She’s had that impact on me, too.

“She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better.

“She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful.”


The actress also sounds confident about how the series will wrap up in 2021, concluding:

I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store.

I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.


The only returning CW series set to premiere this fall is Supernatural, as networks continue to adjust to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Supergirl will return for its sixth and final season some time next year.

Will you miss it?

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IDLES “Represent Everything That Is Wrong With Contemporary Cultural Politics” Says Fat White Family Frontman




Last year, Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson accused IDLES of “appropriating a working-class voice.” Then Fat White Family, another UK band, chimed in to agree: “the last thing our increasingly puritanical culture needs right now is a bunch of self neutering middle class boobs telling us to be nice to immigrants,” they wrote in a Facebook post. “you might call that art, I call it sententious pedantry.”

IDLES’ Joe Talbot addressed the backlash in an interview with The Guardian last week. “I’m not virtue signalling. I’m not hiding behind any sort of surrealist bullshit,” he said. “I’m saying: this is what I believe in.” On paper, he added, “I don’t think our message comes across as well. People think: ‘Fuck off, you cheesy bastards.’ We’re a band that has to be seen to be believed. You come to our show and you believe us.”

And yeah, the shit that Sleaford Mods and Fat White Family say pisses him off. “I do hold on to those grudges,” he said. “Their grudges, not my grudges. They make me powerfull. It makes me angry. I was a very violent person. So yes, one day I genuinely had to stop myself driving up to London and finding him [Lias Saoudi, Fat White Family frontman] because I go through fits and pangs of, like: ‘Fuck off, just leave us alone.’”

Now Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi has responded with an essay of his own for the Social. “Given Joe Talbot’s comments relating to my shameless trolling in The Guardian last week, I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify my position,” Saoudi writes. “In a way I’m grateful to the band IDLES, for no other phenomenon in music over the last few years elucidates more clearly the brazen inconsistencies of the US import social justice faith currently permeating every facet of our culture.”

“This is a band that purports to be about unity and zero tolerance of prejudice of any kind, yet feels it necessary to pour scorn on anyone that comes from a small town that hasn’t quite managed to adopt the same middle class metropolitan point of view they call their own,” he continues. “Having been beaten, spat on and racially abused in a village growing up, I can confirm that a great deal of bigotry does reside there, but who is Joe Talbot to wag his finger and cast judgement on these people?”

“When you grow up economically oppressed in a world which offers you ever diminishing prospects, a world where violence and abuse are the norm, sooner or later the hopelessness of it all has a fairly good chance of morphing into hatred,” Saoudi says. “Labelling these people scum isn’t progressive, it’s decadent. I’d go as far as saying it’s tantamount to blaming the slave for his chains.”

IDLES, according to Saoudi, “represent everything that is wrong with contemporary cultural politics, with a left to whom the future used to belong, in defeat now collapsing into whimsical utopianism. A left in love with its own marginality. Theirs is the sound of an inverse solidarity, one that revels in the sanctimonious condemnation of people not quite up to speed whilst offering up no valid counter strategy.”

“It’s as if the lyrics have been generated by a Guardian designed algorithm, every red button issue of the day systematically addressed in the most predictable way imaginable,” Saoudi says. “Nothing all that personal is ever laid on the table. I don’t feel like I learn anything about Joe Talbot by listening to Joe Talbot. The easiest way to gain popularity online of course, is simply to regurgitate what everybody else already believes.”

Saoudi says he has “no interest in beefing with this group of individuals, only what their huge popularity represents where politics infringing on art is concerned. For me, straight down the middle post-post-punk represents a collapse into nostalgia, born out of a refusal of the present, in a world where the future has been all but cancelled.”

“If Joe wants to get in his car and drive to London to mete out some form of rough justice on account of my expressing my opinion about his group that’s fine with me,” he concludes. “It’s awful when you get a public rinse down; I should have at least qualified my comments last year. If it makes him feel any better, the tundra of abuse I received from both his fanbase and that of the Sleaford Mods after that outburst did rattle me to the core.”

Read the full essay here.

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‘Dr Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ synopsis teases the return of an old friend and an infinity stone




In a couple of months, ‘Dr Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ will head into production, ahead of its much-anticipated May release in 2021 and there has been a lot of speculation about the plot, which has been kept carefully under wraps. 

Now, a recent casting site has reported having details about the synopsis. According to this, there just might be the return of an Infinity Stone.

However, that’s not all. An old friend-turned-enemy is expected to return, and if we really rack our brains, it could be Baron Mardo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) from the first film.

Mardo was an old colleague who swore revenge on Strange if we remember correctly. There’s also a  small chance it could be Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), but to be fair, they really weren’t “close friends” as such. 

The synopsis reads, “After the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Dr Stephen Strange continues his research on the Time Stone. But an old friend-turned-enemy puts an end to his plans and causes Strange to unleash unspeakable evil.”

Thanos destroyed all the infinity stones between ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’. So it’s quite possible that Strange might adopt some time-traveling tech to go and get the Time Stone from an alternate timeline, or perhaps he discovered a method of gathering the atoms and returning the Time Stone to its original form.

It came as a nasty surprise to fans when it was announced that Scott Derrickson, who had helmed the first film, had walked out as director for the sequel, and would only be producing the film.

“Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on ‘Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness’ due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP,” he had tweeted.

‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ was touted to be a horror film and there is strong speculation that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige could not see eye-to-eye on this with Derrickson.

‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ sees Benedict Cumberbatch reprise his role as Dr. Strange. It will release in May 2021.

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