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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Fans Have Serious Questions About Shuga Cain’s Unjust Elimination

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been a cultural phenomenon for years. There have been ups and downs and careers have been made thanks to the show centering around drag queen culture. The show has given us stars like Valentina and Violet Chachki. It has also given us moments that have left fans stunned. We have another shocking moment from last night’s episode with the upsetting elimination of Latina queen Shuga Cain. Here’s what went down and how fans are reacting to the elimination they never saw coming.

Shuga Cain, a.k.a. Jesus Martinez, is no longer in the running on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and people are pissed.

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The latest episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” was all about magic. The queens were separated into two teams and performed their own magic shows complete with tricks, choreography, and comedy. Shuga Cain was in a team with Nina West and Brooke Lynne Hytes. Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Vanessa “Miss Vanjie” Mateo, Yvie Oddly, and A’Keria C Davenport were on another team.

There was a clear winner between the two teams and that team was Shuga Cain’s team. There is no disputing that fact.

Not only are people upset since she was on the winning team, but Shuga Cain also had a better, more accurate runway look than some of the queens.

Fans are really upset over the unexpected elimination. Fans are gagged and are not holding back on their critiques about RuPaul sending Shuga Cain packing after a strong performance.

Exhibit A: The runway challenge was Caftan Realness.

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No shade intended at A’Keira C. Davenport, but that is not a caftan. RuPaul has consistently called out and eliminated queens if they had a poor maxi challenge performance (✔️) and didn’t follow the runway theme (✔️). In fact, all the judges said the same thing to A’Keira C. Davenport and read her for her faux caftan.

When Mama Ru said Shuga Cain was up for elimination, “Drag Race” fans everywhere were shook.

Why? How? It is the most stunning injustice in the franchise since Shangela was robbed of her All Stars win. If there’s one thing “Drag Race” fans are is devoted. They will not let an injustice like this stand and will always remind the queens that they are winning because someone else got robbed.

At least one person has come out to support the decision to eliminate Shuga Cain.

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It is interesting to see this person say that Miss Vanjie slayed the lip sync. That is not the question here. While that is true, the fact remains that Shuga Cain shouldn’t have even been in the bottom two to begin with. There were so many other queens who failed their maxi challenge and runway look.

A few people think it was really Silky Nutmeg Ganache’s turn to lip sync for her life.

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Emotions are high af about this controversial elimination. Not to mention that proper padding is one of the most important parts of drag. It is a fundamental building block for the entire aesthetic. Silky Nutmeg Ganache’s excuse was tat her body wasn’t work for her that day. Seems people just aren’t having it with her excuse.

However, what is done is done, no matter how unjust it might have been.

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Shuga Cain should still be on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and fans are letting that be known. It is a real loss to the show and for fans for the clear fan-favorite to be sent home long before her time.

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

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Selena Gomez Tells Senate to Pass Equality Act, Credits Gay Community with Launching Her Music Career

After the Equality Act was recently passed in the House, Selena Gomez is now telling the Senate to pass the bill that would give added federal protections to the LGBTQ+ community. The Mexican-American pop star also talked about her history with the gay community and how they helped support her music career.

The Equality Act would extend protections from the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ+ community.

The Equality Act was first introduced in 2015. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend protections against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity when it came to employment, housing, education, and other public and federal accommodations. In 2019, the Senate under President Donald Trump refused to vote on the bill.

The Equality Act recently passed through the House and now Gomez wants the Senate to pass it as well.

In February, the Equality Act was reintroduced to the House of Representatives. The bill passed through the House for a second time on Feb. 25. In a recent interview with the Recording Academy, the institution that hosts the Grammy Awards, Gomez is telling the Senate to vote on the bill this time and pass it through.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, but we have so much further to go,” Gomez said about the progress of LGBTQ+ rights in the country. “The Senate must pass the Equality Act. It’s absurd that this is even being debated in 2021.”

Gomez says the gay community helped support her 2009 breakthrough hit “Naturally.”

While Gomez was promoting her Latin music EP Revelación, she also revisited a few of her past hits. In 2009, she launched her music career with her band The Scene. Later that year, Gomez got her first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her breakthrough smash “Naturally.” While talking about her relationship with the gay community, she says they were the first ones to show that song love.

“Earlier you mentioned my song ‘Naturally’ and I remember when it was released, it truly started getting played in the gay bars before anywhere else,” she said. “I would hear from older friends that they heard when they went out. I was so jealous that I was too young to be out and dancing to it with everyone. The LGBTQ+ community has been there for me and I don’t take them for granted.”

The Equality Act is waiting to be debated by the Senate. This is Gomez’s first time speaking in support of the bill. Last year, she launched the Black Equality Fund to support groups like the Movement for Black Lives.  In March, she also asked for the Senate to pass the People Act.

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