Update, May 31, 2019: Twitter can say I'm not alone in responding to this ad clip, but to be sure I turned to some bona fide authorities. Thomas Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, the minds behind the awesome TomAndLorenzo.com, are also the authors of the forthcoming book The Legendary Children: The First Decade of Drag Pape and the Last Century of Queer Life Penguin in April next year. They had to say that for Shanghai's bang-da-ba-ba-bah:
In the spectacular scheme of things, McDonald's weeping may seem a little overloaded, but we spend last year on a book tracking the journey of Drag Race to its present state as a social and cultural phenomenon, and how this journey sits perfectly along with the greater journey of strange people to acceptance, equality and celebration. McDonald's is virtually synonymous with mainstream America, and not only is Queen of Colors, but one of the most famous Drag Race alums sit there and sell to the world McMuffin with a smile and a little shadow and some high gloss? Yes, it is enough to make these two queens a little crying, dammit. It's good for you, Shangella. It's good for all of us. In 2009 Drag Race began broadcasting the Viacom network logo, originally targeted at LGBTQ audience. You have seen the walls of the cloth that gently blaze in the wind. There was a very soft focus. Here's a glorious shot with a ladder just sitting on the stage. He was rude, looking for every little low-budget show that was, and a reader, I loved it. I'm still doing it. Drag Race was funny, engaging, sometimes heartbreaking, often appropriate and cunning (and sometimes open) subversive. This is still true, although in the years following his transition to VH1 his teeth were sometimes dropped. He then began to win Emmys – nine so far, more likely to come later this year – and I thought, "Wow, Drag Race really broke into the mainstream. This show with a bit more regular jokes with holes in fame attracts real trophies that are not even shaped like Ru. "
Yes, that was nothing.
Even if you do not watch Drag Race has a chance to guess Shanjela, who, besides many television appearances, plays an insignificant but significant role in Bradley Cooper Star was born . Last night, Shangela LaQuifa Wadley, First of Her Name, Coiner Of Catchphrases and Wearr of Corn, appeared in the McDonald's advertisement, broadcast during the 11th Drag Race Season Final .
Shangela is not the first "Ru Girl" to make for a big company. Starbucks released a few years ago with Bianca del Rio (6th winner) and Adore Delano (second place this season); Orbitz has done several; and Shangela and several other remarkable queens (19459023) Drag Race including one of my favorites, Manila Luzon, also made this anti-smoking advertisement for the CDC that I missed when it was broadcast. Nor is McDonald's the only corporation that tried to get into this sweet, sweet Draga action yesterday. The Miss. T Award was sponsored by. To cry. There was also this inappropriate experience of Pepsi, who, in the true spirit of Drag Race was read quickly for dirt
Seriously, of answers. McDonald's experience is much better. My feelings about the common use of queer culture from the mainstream will always be complicated – brands are not your friends, attached to something popular and creative does not mean equanimity, creators are often abandoned, and so on. But what makes this particular ad and campaign (full of hashish #YaaasBreakfast) stand out is as follows: Not only does McDonald try to enter the Drag Race conversation, which is often viral . McDonald gave Mrs Shangela some of McDonald's money .
 19659009] Shangella was the first queen to be eliminated in the second season, but made a great impression despite all the Vaseline on the lens; The following year, she became the first queen to come back again to compete again (Miss Wangji, Shangella walks to run). She returned to the next season on Drag Paul: All Stars and was robbed. This year she went to the Oscars and brought the red carpet. Now she's a McDonald's spokesman. There are drawbacks to Drag Race is no longer the tiny, scrappy show that could, but artists like Shangella who get paid and the introduction of a wider audience of queer culture at once is a remarkable thing. Air in place of Shangela McD during the NBA Finals, cowards.