Cover photo: An image from a recent episode of TV programme Ħadd Għalik.
One of Malta’s most prominent LGBT activists has given some constructive criticism for Malta’s aspiring drag queens after a colourful appearance from a drag queen on last night’s episode of X Factor Malta.
“Some constructive criticism to most drag queens in Malta because we really lack a professional drag scene here and would be nice to save some money on flights to get the good ones,” started Clayton Mercieca of ARC.
Mercieca, who organises events himself, went straight to the heart of the discussion.
“Drag is an art form and deserves discipline, practice, and development. Putting on women’s clothes and amateur makeup doesn’t make you a drag queen,” he continued.
Malta’s seen more and more drag queens performing around the island in recent times.
On last night’s episode of X Factor Malta, a drag queen named Electra Shock made waves with her bubbly personality and audition.
However, following the audition, some members within the LGBT community took to Facebook to share their thoughts of the level of quality within segments of Malta’s drag scene.
“I don’t know who needs to hear this but a wig from Joom and some chapstick doesn’t make you a drag queen,” said one commentator late last night.
Some drag queens have been able to take their show abroad to advance their career, as well as make a name for themselves locally – and Mercieca wants other drag queens to push themselves to be as good as can be, and not just put on women’s clothes and think that’s all that’s needed.
“Our generation is lucky to be exposed to RuPauls drag race and we can learn so much from them,” he continued.
“Use your body shape to your advantage, enhance it, exaggerate features, be fabulous – drag represents liberation from societal norms. Use this art to fight for a cause.”
He ended on a positive note, saying he hoped to work with more professional drag queens in the near future.
“I really hope to start engaging local drag queens more often in our events but the level needs to be upped by quite a bit,” he said.