BONUS – Nick on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Revolutionary Art Class Session

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BONUS – Nick on RuPaul's Drag Race: Revolutionary Art Class Session

Start your engines, and may the best ideology, win! Our friend Nick (@uhsadqueer in the Art and Labor discord) worked hard on this incredible presentation on the RuPaul’s Drag Race empire. Learn how the show has shifted since it’s much smaller beginnings on the obscure LGBTQ channel Logo, to the much wider national audience on VH1, to multiple international spinoffs. Is Drag Race part of an imperialist project? Is drag gay sports? Can sports be revolutionary? Do the producers have PR deals with the Democratic party? We discuss this and so much more!

Beginning Thursday April 29th at 8pm EST we’ll also be hosting a brand new course on Art Communes run by Hannah Brookman from Looky Here art space in Greenfield Massachusetts. The curriculum will center around reading the book Art and Labor by Eileen Boris, and watching documentaries on a new collective every week. Should be a great crash course for anyone considering ditching capitalism for that sexy utopia that is living with all your friends in a bucky ball. Course enrollment is open now, so I hope to see y’all around for some learning. Let’s have fun!!

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How much do Queens spend on Drag Race:

Drag Race hype house:

Drag Race Contract:

Previous Art and Labor Episode on Drag Economy:


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There’s a lot of grim stuff in this episode, and we think you need to hear it because there are collective responses we must be committing to now to mitigate as many deaths as possible. Every healthcare worker is a first responder; and essential maintenance, grocery, retail distribution are right behind them on the front lines. Anyone working in public right now deserves hazard pay, sick pay, and a safe protections against the virus. Our friends at Whole Worker and many others have called for a Global Sick Out on March 31st to address the crisis. Union action is swaying the monsters in government, we must support and join them NOW. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at

Never Again Action to free incarcerated people:


Trader Joe’s Workers petition for hazard pay:

MORE-UFT action that led to public schools finally closing for non-essential staff (they are still open for grab and go meals for any student who needs):

Amazonians United NYC action, they have been fighting for paid sick leave for the past month:

Some states have already reclassified grocery store workers: