North American universalism in RuPaul’s Drag Race: Stereotypes, linguicism, and the construction of ‘Puerto Rican queens’.

Joanna McIntyre, Damien Riggs

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Abstract

RuPaul’s Drag Race continues to feature a diverse range of contestants. A key example of such diversity is “Puerto Rican queens”. Notable with regard to the queens who fall under this category, however, is a consistent emphasis upon their English language capabilities, and more broadly, a focus on their knowledge of North American popular culture. In both areas, queens from Puerto Rico are depicted as lacking, with jokes often made at their expense. Through an analysis of three key examples as they appeared in season three of the show, this chapter argues that both linguistic imperialism and stereotypes based on assumptions about Puerto Rican culture perpetuate the exclusion of those who come from the Global South.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRuPaul's Drag Race and the Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture
Subtitle of host publicationThe Boundaries of Reality TV
EditorsNiall Brennan, David Gudelunas
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages61-75
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319506180
ISBN (Print)9783319506173
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • drag queens
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (RPDR)
  • diversity
  • Puerto Rican queens
  • popular culture
  • North America
  • universalism
  • stereotypes

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