Tv show queen of drags: shantay, you stay

Heidi Klum was pleasantly absent from her new Pro7 format. She seems to take the criticism from the LGBT community to heart.

In front Olivia Jones, in the background Heidi Klum. Good so photo: dpa

When the queer talent show "Queen of Drags" started on ProSieben on Thursday, Heidi Klum was pleasantly absent. After it was announced in the summer that Klum would have drag queens compete in a show, there was criticism of the personnel from the LGBT community. The tenor was mostly: It’s nice that after more than ten seasons of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" in the U.S. there’s finally a comparable format in Germany, but why with Heidi Klum of all people?

The German model is now known more as a presenter and juror. She has been the head of "Germany’s next Topmodel" for 13 years. There, she doesn’t necessarily stand out as the greatest philanthropist and perpetuates outdated female stereotypes with her show.

Klum did appear in the first episode, but at times it even seemed as if she was the sidekick of jurors Conchita Wurst and Bill Kaulitz, who has also appeared in drag in his music videos for Tokio Hotel.

At times, Klum even seemed insecure when she was shown. For example, she asked some of the contestants if it was okay if she also put on a little more makeup. "I don’t want to get in trouble with your community afterwards."

A minor disaster

In the same scene, she complained about the critical coverage there had been in the run-up. Klum countered that she was open and "tolerant of all people." Moreover, it was "totally mean" to criticize her "because I’m straight, I’m white and I’m a woman."

The fact that the core of the criticism was not these identity characteristics is proven not least by Michelle Visage, who is idolized in the community – also a white straight woman and has been on the jury of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" for ages.

But Klum actually seems to take the criticism from the scene’s media a little to heart by taking it back. Perhaps she suspects that this show will not be a lasting success without the support of the scene. And so it seems as if Klum is passing on her reach to the community. Good job, Cutter!

If Klum now still manages to break with old patterns and value the female artists instead of drilling them to destruction, the show could actually be a smaller disaster than expected. Keep it up, Heidi. Shantay, you stay.

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