In this Monday's Los Angeles Times, on page D9, in an article about the Logo reality TV series "Ru Paul's Drag Race", they ran this photo:
The caption reads:
JAUNTY: RuPaul is two-thirds through the run of "Drag Race" on Logo, but previous episodes are on the website.
The article's first line reads
"RuPaul, the 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-7 (by his own varying accounts) African American drag queen who sashayed his way into mass consciousness in the 1990s with the club hit "Supermodel" and a VH1 talk show, is back on TV with "RuPaul's Drag Race."
I guess "mass consciousness" didn't include the LA Times' editors, photo editors, proofreaders, or even the article's author, Robert Lloyd, TV critic, when they ran a photo of the considerably shorter and, um, Asian American drag queen "Ongina" as Ru.
I mean really, look again. Think of it as a test. Can YOU tell them apart?
Okay, the LA Times did publish a "correction" on Tuesday, but it was a stunner that no one caught it before they went to press. I know mistakes happen (I'm sure I've made a number) but this cracked me up, and I had to share!
The show itself is fascinating - watching these guys transform to "women" is an amazing exploration of how we construct gender... and it's lots of fun. Check out more about the show (and you can even watch the episodes!) here.
Have a great weekend everyone!
And remember, as RuPaul says at the end of every episode,
"If you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?
Can I get an Amen in the house?"
Amen, Ru. Amen.