Of course I enjoy Rupaul’s Drag Race in all its glory. But as a face-blind viewer I am continuously bewildered. Who is who?
The male characters in any movie or TV show have me flummoxed. For example, I’m a fan of House of Flowers but it stars three men with grey hair and facial hair, and they look identical to me. I guess it’s an economy measure, having one guy double, I mean treble, for three characters. But there are also at least four young handsome dark men, and they are also identical. That’s not economy, that’s parsimony. Luckily each actress plays only one character. They may have similar faces (what would I know?) but they have other qualities that are individual, namely their voices and hairstyles and ages and shapes. All the characters say each other’s names frequently. Paulina! Elena! Diego! If not for that, I would have no idea of the plot.
However, for a face-blind viewer, Rupaul’s Drag Race is an impossible challenge. I’m watching Season 3 and as far as I can see there are 26 contestants: 13 men and 13 women. I don’t even try to match them up. Megastar Rupaul is the only one I recognise in both her forms.
But never mind the real live characters. My fellow prosopagnasians and I just watch it for the frocks.