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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"RuPAULs ALL STAR DRAG RACE" RECAP: A QUEEN IS CROWNED

In approaching this episode, I have some PTSD (Previously Tricked Stress Drag-order). Yes, this is supposed to be the finale, and I can only hope there are viewing parties where people drink every time Chad makes a Hunger Games reference or Ru breaks out a new pun. Still, no volume of tweets from @RuPaulsDragRace was going to convince me that this would be the actual finale until a crown was placed on some queen’s wig. I refused to be duped again.

And I wasn’t. There was no live show (all that tweeting was for… fun?). There was a winner, and she was crowned after conquering a grueling comedy triathlon.

RuPaul wastes no time breaking down the challenge for our girls: an interview, a red-carpet speech, and a stand-up routine. It’s a departure from the choreography-heavy, “dance in front of this green screen for my music video” finales we’ve seen, but a much better judge of a queen’s charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.

THE FIRST MAN CURE OF HIV SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE

Although the first cancer specialist I saw had a gut feeling that it wasn’t anything serious, a bone marrow biopsy yielded a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. That was a bigger shock than finding out I had HIV. I was leery about going to the hospital, because my partner had been treated badly there after telling the nurses he had HIV. So the doctor made calls instead to a hospital linked with Berlin University—and he happened to get Gero Hütter on the phone. Gero said, “Send him over!” So I found out I had leukemia, and the next day I was in the hospital receiving chemotherapy.

Dr. Hütter was young, and in medical school he had learned that people with a certain genetic mutation, called CCR5-delta-32, are essentially immune to HIV because their cells lack an entry point for the virus. Before my third round of chemo, I’d had blood taken for a possible stem cell transplant to cure the leukemia, and Dr. Hütter found an unusually high number of matches for me. That gave him an idea: Why not look for a CCR5-negative donor? Would those stem cells essentially grow me a new immune system, uninfected with HIV?

…For people who receive stem cell transplants, the day of their transplant is called their “birthday.” On February 7, 2007, I had my first birthday. Three months after that, tests showed no sign of HIV in my blood. Dr. Hütter asked me if I would do a colonoscopy so they could look for signs of HIV in colon tissue; they didn’t find any.

That’s when I started to hear the word “cured.”

THE WINNER OF RuPAULs ALL STARS DRAG RACE IS...

Chad Michaels.

Hey, don’t bitch that we spoiled it for you!  Didn’t you read the headline?

And anyway, it’s not exactly an upset: Chad is one of the strongest contenders the show has ever seen, and she’s won almost all the challenges this season. (Let’s face it, Chad was just nice enough to let Shannel share the wins with her.)

Mother Dust, who was a fan fave in Season Four, was crowned winner after the runway and final Lip Synch for your Life against Raven.

We’ll have deeper analysis of the big finale tomorrow in our last Drag Strip recap. And remember, tuckle up for safety!

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