Last Friday night saw one of the most controversial decisions in Drag Race Herstory, as RuPaul crowned, not one, but two Queens as reigning All Stars in this season’s finale.
That’s right, after an incredible lip sync to Christina Aguilera’s Fighter, RuPaul called it a tie and gave the crown and sceptre to both Trinity the Tuck and Monét X Change.
Except, he kind of didn’t.
The anti-climactic finale lacked any authenticity in the queens’ reactions to the double crowning, and it is obvious that Ru recorded a voice-over of the deliberation in post-production. Many fans were unhappy – not necessarily taking issue with the tie, but more so dissatisfied with the edit.
Going by the live reaction of Trinity and Monét, it is clear that neither of them expected the result, with Trinity very clearly in shock. It took a minute for the penny to finally drop and, when Ru clarified that both queens each won $100,000, they were able to relax and celebrate.
Trinity took to Twitter to clarify that she was happy to share her win with Monét:
We are doing just fine! Let’s all celebrate! #teammonet and #teamtrinity won! I can’t wait to meet you all this year and to share this new journey with you all! Again thank you all for so much love! Putting positive energy into the universe!
— Trinity The Tuck (@TrinityTheTuck) February 17, 2019
Making a direct reference to Gia Gunn, Monét put her delight more succinctly:
Gia: girl, soak up what?
Me: $100,000 💅🏾
— Monét X Change (@monetxchange) February 17, 2019
Gia took the opportunity to tell Monét to invest in “some real looks”, but when Monét responded in kind, Gia came for the queen for real, telling her that “a winner doesn’t go out of their way to make other people look bad and ride on other people’s joy”. Monét then called Gia out for her hypocrisy and clapped back with “last time I checked, you want to throw shade, but can’t take it?”
My personality has nothing to do with your nasty looks and the last time I checked, a winner doesn’t go out of their way to make other people look bad and ride on other peoples joy!
— Gia Gunn (@GiaGunn) February 17, 2019
Reacting to the finale, other queens were clearly as shocked as we were. Detox echoed the fandom’s confusion with one word:
— Detox (@TheOnlyDetox) February 16, 2019
Farrah Moan expressed her frustration with the result, and suggested that both Monét and Trintiy each deserved the glory of a singular win:
I feel it’s worth noting that any of the top 4 could have won and I’d have been happy, ima big fan of them all. I just feel either trinity or Monét deserved more of their own moment regardless of who it would’ve been, especially after how much money, sweat and tears went into it
— 👑 Farrah Moan (@farrahrized) February 16, 2019
Katya simply congratulated both queens on the win:
Congratulation ladies 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/8WRNz6a6s5
— Katya (@katya_zamo) February 16, 2019
Bob the Drag Queen had her priorities straight and was sure to check in on Shangela, who may be feeling jilted considering her run on All Stars 3.
Has anyone checked to see if @itsSHANGELA is ok?
— Bob The Drag Queen (@thatonequeen) February 16, 2019
Outside of the Queendom, fans took to memes to capitulate their feelings:
Omg that twist was so obviously recorded by Ru in a recording studio somewhere 8 weeks after filming I’m cringing what was that
— Lee Dawson (@LeeDawsonPT) February 16, 2019
— Bloop (@cockzilla3000) February 16, 2019
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4. pic.twitter.com/4qqyu1biL6
— juandabitch (@juanmontesierra) February 16, 2019
Many imagined an alternative ending:
— Colman’s bitch 👑 -65 to EndGame (@shergion_) February 16, 2019
drag race continues to be an absolute MESS!! see ya in two weeks to put myself through it all over again!!
— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) February 16, 2019
All this to say, it won’t be long until a brand new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race airs, bringing with it an exciting set of queens in what promises to be an equally gag-worthy series.
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