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This Viral Trailer for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Disney’ Shows the Studio’s Many Cross-Dressing Characters

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A RuPaul’s Drag Race fan named Edgardo Arrendondo recently released a hilarious parody video for a non-existent version of RuPaul’s Drag Race called RuPaul’s Drag Race Disney. His trailer features cross-dressing characters from Disney feature films, including Jeanie, the Genie from Aladdin; Fa Ping, also known as Mulan; Mrs. Nesbitt, Buzz Lightyear’s delirious motherly alter-ego from Toy Story and several others (including two that aren’t even from Disney films).

RuPaul’s Drag Race Disney also features King Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove; Pleakley from Lilo and Stitch; Vanessa, the Sea Witch’s human form from The Little Mermaid; the heroic fox from Robin Hood … they even throw in Dr. Gru from Despicable Me and a sultry old lady from Anastasia, even though those two aren’t technically Disney films — but whatever.

Here’s Arrendondo’s parody video for RuPaul’s Drag Race Disney:

Granted, this is hardly the first time that an artistic Drag Race fan has combined the reality drag competition with Disney films. In March 2017, gay artist Isaiah Stephens envisioned Disney’s male heroes and villains as Drag Race competitors. He individually styled Jaffar, Aladdin, Beast, Gaston, Prince Eric and Milo with hilarious names and striking poses, each one serving serious fish on the runway.

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Queer Disney mash-ups are also regularly common among LGBTQ Disney fans. Such previous queer artwork has imagined Disney princes in same-sex relationships (twice over), Disney princes as hot pin-ups, Disney characters sharing same-sex smooches and even Disney heroes as transgender.

Although Disney had a bad record on LGBTQ characters in the past — in 1964, they fired a child actor for being gay and in July 2017, they deleted a same-sex kiss from one of their TV films — the Disney Channel has since taken several recent steps to present gay content to its young viewers.

In 2017, the channel broadcasted a same-sex female couple in an animated children’s TV series, a male same-sex couple kissing at a concert and a live-action gay character coming out in a drama.