Super Drags

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Stereotypes, rude humor, strong LGBT love in campy cartoon.

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Positive Messages

In the Super Drags world, homophobes and bigots may try to threaten the fabulousness, but they're always vanquished by unity and fierceness. Messages of tolerance and equality shine through. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Drags are presented as powerful ("our voices so loud, courageous and proud," as the show's theme song says) but they're also stereotyped as "fabulous" "brunch-loving" divas who mostly care about concerts and cute guys -- albeit divas who can team up and vanquish their enemies confidently. 

Violence

Violence is played for laughs, but can be more intense than expected, like in one scene where a man who has issues with "homos" drives a bus full of men off a cliff, saying "I hate sissy men! I will kill myself and take you all with me." All are soon saved by the Drags, however. 

Sex

Sexual content is frequent and often used for comic effect, like when a man who says he "hates homos" gets a visible erection (while wearing pants) when one of the Drags attempts to unbuckle his seat belt. There are also plenty of wordplay jokes about oral sex, and references to "tucking" (one's penis). 

Language

Original audio track of this Brazilian animated show is in Portuguese, but viewers can choose to watch in English. Language includes "f---ing," "s--t," "motherf---ing," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "t-ts," "slut," "balls" (meaning "courage"). Lots of language around gender and sexuality, sometimes intended to be insulting, sometimes affectionate. A bad guy says "Shut up, you disgusting homo" and that he hates "sissy men," while the Drags call each other "queen," "ladyboy," and "old hag." 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Jokes may target substance use, like when a partygoer asks if a cookie will get him high "like G and roofies." 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Drags is an animated series for adults about a trio of drag queens who team up to defeat evil. The show is set in a fantasy world, with a lot of mature language and humor. There are wordplay jokes about "sucking" and "blowing," and animated erections (beneath clothing), and the Drags frequently insult each other with gay slurs, which may also contain whiffs of misogyny and ageism: "ladyboy," "queen," "old hag." Negative characters also use a lot of slurs, but they're not intended affectionately; at one point a villain says he hates "sissy men" and calls one character a "disgusting homo." There are also jokes about substance abuse, like when a man asks if a cookie will get him high like "G and roofies." Violence is comical too, and often connected to bigotry, like when a villain drives a bus of gay men off a cliff to prevent them from attending a concert (everyone is saved in the end). Messages of tolerance and the value of unity in marginalized groups shine through, but the stereotypical characters and jokes dilute these themes somewhat. 

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What's the story?

In the imaginary town of Belt Buckle, the forces of bigotry are no match for the SUPER DRAGS, three spectacular divas who are most powerful together. Under the direction of their superspy boss Champagne (Trixie Mattel), Lemon Chiffon (Ginger Minj), Sapphire (Wagner Follare), and Crimson Scarlet (Shangela) band together to defeat those who would stop them from tucking, steal their super-special gay "highlight," and oppress their queer brothers and sisters. 

Is it any good?

This candy-colored wish fulfillment fantasy reads a lot like The Powerpuff Girls crossed with Drag Race (particularly since many ex-Racers voice the audio track). Similar to other animated adventure shows, each episode features a bad character who's come to screw up everybody's good time, but the Drags always manage to defeat the evil so that everybody has a good laugh and a get-together. The difference here, of course, is the queer lens placed on the action, with villainy provided by characters like bigoted ministers and homophobic talk show hosts, and heroics from, of course, our Super Drag trio, with conflicts like a canceled concert by a gay icon. 

The knowing in-jokes are pretty good -- like a moment in the first episode when Lemon champions the "LGBTQXP and KY community" -- and Drag Race fans will thrill at hearing characters voiced by Race she-roes like Ginger Minj and Trixie Mattel. It's also a kick watching characters from a marginalized group defeat those who'd keep them down. But the best adult animated shows are either absolutely hysterical -- think Archer -- or combine humor and heart -- think Bob's Burgers. With jokes more likely to raise smiles than guffaws, and characters who conform to drag queen stereotypes, this series is fun, but not much more. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Do the characters in Super Drags reinforce or undermine stereotypes typically associated with the LGBTQ community? How are other communities stereotyped, both in the media and out of it?

  • Families can talk about who this show is designed to appeal to. Do you think the fact that it's animated gives it more "kid appeal" than a live-action version? Do you think people often assume that anything animated is OK for younger viewers? Do the levels of sex, language, and violence in this show make it OK for kids? 

  • How does Super Drags use humor? Do you find it funny? What makes sensitive topics, such as gender, sexuality, or religion, ripe for comedy? Can it ever go too far?

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For kids who love LGBTQ TV

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