On IG, Ava Hangar from Drag Race Italia talks about the obstacles LGBTQ+ face in Italy and DRIT’s need for our support
I think this is really important when people talk about us being oversaturated with versions of Drag Race.
Even in the UK, I think season one of Drag Race especially did create a lot more queer visibility and gender non-conformity far more acceptable in the mainstream.
It’s important to have this representation on mainstream TV in other countries. A lot of people who don’t watch Drag Race US will watch their own version of Drag Race and will relate to the stories that are told on their program. And it will help people.
I know that someone else posted the link to the Instagram video, but I felt it was important to summarize it so the message could reach a wider audience.
This is the link to the full IG video: [https://www.instagram.com/p/CYJms_KhAaA/](https://www.instagram.com/p/CYJms_KhAaA/)
As an Italian gay man heartbroken by the sheer malice and joy with which our parliament killed that law (it’s DDL Zan if you are interested) I can’t help but stressing how much this country needs more queer visibility.
What I fear is that Drag Race is not really the way to do it as most Italians are already pretty okay with drag (one of the most successful Italian celebrities is a drag queen and she has been on public television for the last twenty years at least) not to mention the questionable choice of judges for the show.
Italians need to see that being queer is not just a show and that behind cameras and make up there are normal people with hopes and dreams. I will watch Drag Race Italia in the hope that these sentiments are conveyed with respect. Have a nice year folks.
I really don’t like how the show treated Enorma and how it was produced BUT regardless of that, after I saw Ava’s message, I decided to pick it up again and watch it because beyond all my dislikes I need to support queer people everywhere and if a simple watch is the way to do it, I’ll fucking do it.
I was excited to see a commercial for it. I’m learning Italian, and it’s always helpful to connect learning to things you love. I was curious how the community is perceived there, so hearing about the obstacles is disappointing. Can’t say that I’m surprised, it goes hand in hand with overt racism.
As an italian queer person, i’m so glad to hear Ava talking about it. Queerness in italy is deeply hated and not taken seriously, when DDL Zan (the law Ava mentioned) was rejected, politicians in the parliament started clapping and cheering, which gives me chills just thinking about it. I think the show itself needs A LOT of work like production (but that could be fixed with a higher budget) and people involved in it being very problematic (*coff coff* tommaso *coff coff*) but it’s definitely a good starting point
Yeah her message is important and makes me glad the show will air on mainstream tv as a seed for change. I feel based on materials, rpdr philippines and drag den would also have limitations in looks due to budget but gays are tolerated there. Hope it has an effect oh the philippines since the last realistic gay show was cancelled due to sponsors pulling out (it was a coming out show, ruined the host’s career and had touching stories. I felt really bad for that 60 yr old guy coming out to his 80 year old mom).
Even if you don’t care to watch it, you can have it playing in the background or in another room. Still counts.
Oh, Ava. So beautifully stated, but what a blow to the heart, to know that Italy is so cold to our brothers and sisters. When I think of the joy and exuberance the participants showed on DRIT, I’m impressed ten times over. And yes, Ava, I will watch you all again. You were all wonderful, and clearly brave beyond belief. <3
I struggle to watch international seasons because of my ADHD makes it hard to focus on subtitles. But I will be watching Italia now. Thank you for sharing this.
I am literally crying. His words just touched me in a very profound way. I am definitely watching DRI
I’ve talked a bit of shit about DRIT, nothing against the people of the show, mostly about the production and editing. It definitely came from a position of privilege (I’m Canadian), as I was comparing it to the other franchises.
Ava’s words got to me, I’m glad that DRIT was made, and I hope there will be more seasons. I am of the opinion that Drag Race is one of the major milestones in LGBTQIA+ history, right p there with Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, marriage equality and more. It’s a show made by gay people, for gay people, that everyone can watch. It shows the world who we are, and that who we are, we’re just people too.
There are things to criticize about the show, in all it’s franchises, but Ava highlights why it’s just so important for it to continue existing. Call out the show for it’s failings, but remember that it’s just so fucking important for all of us.
Bon courage! (à Montréal)
Add xenophobic to that list. Unfortunately, Italians in general are very proud of that.
While we are at it, DR-Spain needs our help for the exact same reasons.
Afaik the Italian language doesn’t even have a neutral word for “gay”. I’ve recently felt some strong overexposure from the franchise, so it’s nice to see the format going to places where it can make some important societal impact.
This is exactly what we’ve been telling y’all about the importance of queer spaces in media, but you kept downvoting us into oblivion.