RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming back to our television screens in six days on Friday, February 28. The re-emergence of one of the most popular reality television competition series over the past decade has also brought up a conversation that centers on the night that it airs and how it allegedly hurts local gay bars in the process.
Comments about this have been lit up on social media recently with many in agreement about how problematic it is for the show to air on Friday night’s on VH1 compared to when it was on Monday’s during its years on LOGO.
“Many people miss the point on why Drag Race on a Friday night is a bad thing,” one person wrote. “So let me break it down for you. It hurts your local gay bar. People are already out at the bars on Friday night. Monday- Wednesday’s are the toughest nights for bars. When it was on Monday’s the bar made money on what would be a slow night, the bar staff made money, a drag queen gets a hosting gig on a night that’s not so popular.”
Some think the struggle will be even bigger due to the fact that the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is making the move to Showtime in June. “And now it’s also gonna be on Showtime in the summer? What gay bar has Showtime? People are still obviously gonna come out to watch it at gay bars on a Friday night. I’m just saying Drag Race or not the bar was gonna be busy anyways.”
Others on social media spoke in a similar way about their feelings regarding this heated topic. “It actually gets in the way of events because the damn shows run so late that parties and events have to wait for the show to be over before they can begin,” one chimed in with.
Some went all devil’s advocate with this. “It provides the opportunity for queens to take programming to other venues that aren’t just the same gay bars that already book the same talent all week,” someone wrote. “Also, it is early enough to coordinate with a happy hour but late enough to not have a show already existing there due to Fridays and Saturdays typically being dance party nights that don’t book talent usually and instead go for DJ’s, etc.”
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think RuPaul’s Drag Race airing on Friday night’s hurts the local gay bar scene? Let us know in the comments below.