House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be a guest judge the new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.”
For those unfamiliar with the show, the program is a reality competition series that features putting drag queens through a series of challenges that culminates each week with the top two contestants lip-syncing for the power to send one of their peers home.
“Competition will be fierce as the queens shift their strategies and work extra hard to not only impress RuPaul and the judges, but to also impress each other,” VH1 said in its press release announcing the news.
The California Democrat and first female speaker of the House joins a handful of other celebrity guest judges, including actors Vanessa Hudgens, Tituss Burgess and Kristin Chenoweth.
Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the details on her appearance, but she tweeted Thursday about the show.
“All I can say is, you betta werk!” she wrote, quoting a famous RuPaul catch phrase. “Had a fabulous time with @RuPaul and good luck to all the queens. #DragRaceNancy”
Randy Barbato, executive producer of “Drag Race” and co-founder of production company World of Wonder, said Pelosi was a good fit for the show’s theme.
Pelosi is a “fierce servant of our nation (and) ‘Drag Race’s’ mission is to teach the children and honor those who fight on our behalf,” Barbato said in an email to CNN.
The producers of “Drag Race” reached out to Pelosi’s team, who Barbato said “were happy to participate.”
Barbato wouldn’t give any spoilers on Pelosi’s appearance. However, he said Pelosi “was absolutely delightful and the entire cast and crew were moved by her visit.”
Season three of the drag-queen competition show kicks off January 25.
Kanye’s Red Pill Wave Among Celebrities Is Scaring Leftists
If there’s one thing that scares the establishment more than pop culture figures like Kanye becoming outspoken supporters of Trump and free expression in general, it’s that trend catching on to other pop culture figures. There’s one thing Trump couldn’t by himself and that was to get the mainstream entertainment & music industry on his side, considering many of their allegiances are with the Democratic party. Kanye West’s no apologetic approach is not only inspiring to those being attacked for “freedom of speech / thought” but also is getting him publicity, good & bad, depending on your perspective.
Observer Reports: As corporate progressivism vies against Trumpian nationalism for the future of America’s Empire, celebrities are inciting their own upheaval within Hollywood.
American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis warned for years of an impending shift against progressive values in a town long touted as a bastion of liberalism. Following Kanye West’s controversial break with liberalism over Twitter and TMZ, Ellis is seeing his premonition unfold.
“I don’t know if Kanye was red pilled exactly,” said Ellis, referencing how individuals are converted to conservatism online similar to Neo’s awakening in the Matrix. “Kanye does not do this in a systematic or literal way: it’s sweeping, metaphorical and inchoate and in the age of digital literal-mindedness.”
In the age of digital literal-mindedness, Ellis and West, who were reported to be collaborating on a film together during the Obama years, became contrarian thinkers of the entertainment industry by flirting on the edges of the Overton window—the range of topics and viewpoints widely viewed as socially acceptable.
Roseanne Renewed For Season 2
Roseanne is back and here to stay. On the heels of its massive premiere, ABC has announced that it will renew the sitcom for an 11th season. “We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the Roseanne team has in store for next year,” ABC Entertainment president Cheryl Dungey said in a press release Friday.
The revival, which premiered on Tuesday night after two decades off the air, was an immediate ratings hit, drawing 18.4 million live viewers. (President Donald Trump even phoned Roseanne Barr, an outspoken Trump supporter, to congratulate her.) The revival stars the original show’s stars — Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Sara Gilbert — plus newcomers including Ames McNamara, Emma Kenney, and Jayden Rey. In Vulture’s review, TV columnist Jen Chaney praised the revival for holding up: “Roseanne hasn’t changed at all. It is still funny in the same ways it was always funny, using classic sitcom jokes and story lines to highlight issues of class.”
Arianna Huffington Says ‘Zero Involvement’ In Sex Cult Shown In Netflix Series
Wild Wild Country, a new six-part docuseries streaming on Netflix, chronicles a forgotten—yet utterly astonishing—moment in American history.
In the 1970s, a bearded guru by the name of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh established an ashram (and foundation) in Pune, India. Preaching the unity of opposites, conquering the ego to achieve enlightenment, Dynamic Meditation, and sexual openness, all with a pinch of rascally humor, he attracted some 30,000 acolytes—called sannyasins—to his ashram, who paid him handily for his spiritual services.
With the humid climate weighing on his health and a $5 million unpaid tax bill to the Indian government (and subsequent expulsion) looming, in 1981, Bhagwan, with the help of his “secretary” and top lieutenant, Ma Anand Sheela, resettled on the outskirts of the tiny town of Antelope (population 40) in Wasco County, Oregon. There, on a 64,000-acre property called the Big Muddy Ranch, his followers began erecting a sprawling city that could house at least 10,000 people, replete with restaurants, rows of townhouses, a school, and even a shopping mall. They called it: Rajneeshpuram.
But tensions soon escalated with the people of Antelope, whose nearby town was being taken over by thousands of red-clothed, free-loving sannyasins, many of whom engaged in loud orgies. So they attempted to thwart the expansion of Rajneeshpuram, and the extension of its influence in local government and politics, at every turn.