When straight men engage with the gay community, it can be a real hit or miss. On the negative side, we get male celebrities who queerbait their gay male fans, and on the positive side, we get Chris Lam’s new YouTube series about straight men watching Drag Race for the first time.
The videos involve Chris interviewing two of his straight friends after they watch episodes from Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The straight guys have never seen the show before, but they work in creative industries, so their opinions are are fascinating.
One of the common reactions to drag we see from straight men is just a general shock and watching “men in dresses.” These videos, however, are so much more than that. Jason and Leo, who talk to Chris about the first episode, seem genuinely interested in learning more about the drag community. Jason specifically says that it was like discovering a whole new civilization that he didn’t know existed.
The most interesting moment for me was when they talked about the workroom entrances and Jason compared it to professional wrestling promos and how wrestlers focus a lot on their characters and narratives. Ultimately it’s just interesting to watch people react to the show without any outside context. I, for one, have no idea how I’d feel about the queens and the show if I wasn’t deeply connected to the community around it.
Check out their reaction to the first episode below: