Life Lessons with RuPaul's Drag U: Season 2, Ep. 5

WARNING: The following post is a humorous recap of RuPaul's Drag U, a reality show where professional drag queens turn real women into drag queens for cash and prizes. Any homophobic, racist, or explicit comments written in response to this or any other post will be deleted on sight. That language is not welcome here. If you want to write that kind of abuse, find somewhere else to do it. Keep it off my site. Thank you. Sorry for that bit of nastiness. Someone got a little upset with last week's Life Lessons and decided using some offensive terminology was the best way to express herself. As a straight man raised by wild theater actors who likes over the top humor, I can safely say that I am not jealous of any woman or drag queen on the show. Except Mariah. She's just fabulous.

This week, RuPaul invited three professional nurses to be made over for a much needed boost of self-confidence. The show teaches many great life lessons this week. However, Jujubee knocks it out of the park before the first commercial break.

Hey Lady Bunny, how do you make yourself feel sexy even when you're stuck wearing a dopey uniform?

Thank you Lady Bunny.

Mariah's advice isn't quite as poignant as Jujubee's from earlier in the episode, but it still packs a potent punch.

If you can't focus on improving your own life, you're not going to be able to help anyone else as much as you want to. This includes things like take caring of your needs first and realizing that anger thrown out at someone else for no reason might be a sign that you need to focus on your own life.

On the lighter side of things, Raven teaches us important lessons about felt tip markers.

You can camouflage pimples,

leave messages in a public place,

dress up like Madonna,

and sign autographs.

This is the kind of episode of RuPaul's Drag U that makes the entire show so engaging. These are actual women who needed a boost in their lives. While appearing on a competition dressed as drag queens might not solve all their problems, it at least gives them a few days where they are the stars of the world. Where else are you going to see a cancer survivor, a victim of childhood abuse, and a completely sheltered woman be told they're beautiful, intelligent, and completely worth it? Nowhere else.

I know the show lives on the idea of thematic links. I would hope RuPaul would consider focusing on real women who can actually use this boost of self-confidence next season rather than women who might just be looking for attention. It's hard to screen that out beforehand. It's just so much easier to watch women with humility than women who choose to turn everything into a joke as some kind of social posturing.

If you choose the right theme, the famewhore tends to self-eliminate from the talent pool or make a fool of themselves trying to get in. Either way, this is one of the best episodes of the show. You should watch the whole thing at And remember, you're worth it. Focus on your own life and your own problems before you try to fix anybody else.