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RuPaul Gives Us Drag Queen Supreme Court Realness

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on March 23, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Ever wonder what the legal world would be like if the Supreme Court was composed exclusively of drag queens? Wonder no more.

RuPaul, 'Supermodel of the World' and perhaps the world's most famous female illusionist, gave us some gender-bending Supreme Court insights on RuPaul's Drag Race this week, as contestants were instructed to serve up some Supreme Court realness. Black robes have never looked like this before.

Justice Is a Drag

If you're not familiar with RuPaul's Drag Race, the Emmy-worthy (but very Emmy-less) reality competition show, here's a quick intro. Like America's Next Top Model or The Great British Baking Show, Drag Race is a search for the best performers in the field -- here, that's drag.

Every week, RuPaul attempts to separate the wheat from the chaff, while throwing in a bit of drag wisdom as well. Part of that competition is weekly mini-challenges.

Drag Race doesn't typically touch on legal issues, as you can imagine. But this week's show was a special exception. For their mini-challenge, the drag queens were asked to spice up the Supreme Court's plain black robes and serve up some Judge Judy couture. According to Ru:

When the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, they moved this country boldly forward. But, when it comes to their sense of style, the justices are, like, sooo 18th Century.

(Apparently, Ru's not familiar with Justice Ginsburg's fashionable jabots or former Chief Justice Rehnquist's Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat-inspired robe.)

Drag Name: Justice Merrick Judy Garland

The show, of course, featured more than just the performances above. As the queens created their Supreme Court personas, they were asked to complete the sentence "She made herstory with her landmark verdict legalizing..." Highlights included Justice Thorgy Thor, who legalized the right to stop traffic and tap dance. Lowlights included all the other queens, who legalized things like "sex." (Hey, we can't all be comedians.)

If that's not enough drag queen law for you, the full episode can be viewed on LogoTV's website.

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