RuPaul’s Drag Race S12 premiere really just did that and more, serving the audience pirate’s ‘ahoy’, Freddy Krueger but make it fashion, and body contortion realness. Now that we have had time to breathe after that whirlwind of a first episode, let’s check out all the memes and reactions to the show.
The debut of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 aired on Friday, February 28, and went up on Netflix the next day (however, Untucked will sadly only be shown on the streaming site all at once after the season is finished). At first, the premiere seemed to be going along with regular proceedings as the audience got to see each of the queen’s personalities shine while they made their entrance. But then after only meeting seven of them, Ru swooped in with a message and commence the Season 6 flashbacks.
In a shocking twist, season 12 will be divided between two premieres. The smaller cast of queens was the perfect setup for a great first episode as each queen had their moment to showcase their unique talents and interact with the judges on a deeper level. As one person tweeted, “Just sitting here thinking about how the first episode of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 12 left me gagged, gooped, and gia gunned. from the cast, the twist, the fashion, the performance, Nicki… could this be one of the best seasons ever.”
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) February 29, 2020
Another Twitter user wrote, “Rupaul’s drag race season 12 makes me really wanna work in tv bruvvv UGH this season is sickenninggggg huntyyyyyy.”
Though the split format worked in the show’s favour, the beginning of the premiere felt in a way recycled as the mini-challenge replicated season 7 first episode. Despite there being a large range of fantastic looks, such as Crystal Methyd’s Freddy Krueger couture, things really kicked into gear with the game-changing main stage challenge of singing and choreography. Usually saved for a late-season challenge, there was palpable tension as the queens had to quickly figure out their team dynamic without any prior experience working together.
— Dr. Frank (@FrankPeschier) March 1, 2020
— 💅🏾 (@gaybrielllll) February 29, 2020
Nicki Minaj was a sensational guest judge, from her entrance sketch to Michelle Visage shooting her daggers throughout the panel discussion. Speaking to each of the seven queens, she showed a true love for the show and each of the performers by taking the time to focus in on their ‘I’m That B*tch’ rap lyrics. Plus it was an absolute delight to see her reaction to the lip-sync extravaganza at the end.
— Maybe: Christian (@chrstnblnks) February 29, 2020
— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) February 29, 2020
— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) February 29, 2020
rupaul's drag race season 12 lip sync except it's just nicki minaj pic.twitter.com/22PJ96DgX2
— fire walk with me. (@honeycnty) March 1, 2020
One person reacted to Minaj’s own rap for ‘I’m that B*tch’ with, “Nicki’s verse she just made for that…a serve.”
— ˚✧₊⁎𝕁𝕦𝕟⁎⁺˳✧༚ (@dickalicioous) February 29, 2020
— Tj (@tjoannea) February 29, 2020
— Bryan Boggiano (@Bryan_KnowsBest) February 29, 2020
Though the premiere of Rupaul’s Drag Race S12 started with a wallop of nostalgia, it went all out at the end and really showed what this new season is all about. Each of the queens got the time to set up some promising season arcs, such as Crystal being told to get away from costume-y lewks, Nicky Doll having to overcome her nerves if she wants to go far in the show, and Heidi N Closet having to figure out if she is allergic to kale or the hotel’s fabric softener.
Rupaul: How do you say saboteur in French?
— Bianka (@Bibianka) March 1, 2020
— Mike T (@majtague) February 29, 2020
— Heidi N Closet (@HeidiNCloset) February 29, 2020
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 is packed with potential and a lot of meme-worthy content, so here are a few of the top reactions over on Twitter.
Me: I wonder who about to win this lip…
— DigBick (@CM_Alexander86) February 29, 2020
— 𝑀𝒶𝓇𝑔𝒶𝓇𝑒𝓉 𝒜𝓃𝓃 𝑅𝒾𝒸𝑒 🥀 (@BeauVelvet) March 2, 2020
— Bret Gallatin (@BretG) February 29, 2020
— Oliver S. (@RealOliverS) February 29, 2020
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