On the TLC show's season finale, Larry Jr. chooses an unique place for dinner and his mom's spirit guides choose to keep in her in the dark about it.
We know you're probably preparing yourselves for the season finales of some of your favorite shows, but there's plenty of new and returning series premiering this summer to not just tide you over until the fall, but completely entertain you.
From "True Blood" Season 5 to the premiere of TNT's new "Dallas" reboot to the TV return of Charlie Sheen in FX's "Anger Management" to the beginning of the end of fan-favorite shows "The Closer" and "Damages," we've got you covered with all of the most important summer TV premiere dates.
For those who think summer TV is just filler, this lineup proves otherwise: HBO's new Aaron Sorkin series "The Newsroom" will make its debut, as will USA's ambitious and star-studded "Political Animals"; comedy fans have new seasons of "Episodes," "Louie" and MTV's "Awkward."; and reality TV addicts will get more "Big Brother," "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor Pad," "Snooki & JWoww" and all the Gordon Ramsay you can handle.
We've got the scoop on the over 80 series premiering this summer, broken down by month over the next three pages (navigate the pages by clicking the page numbers 1-4 below) and listed in chronological order -- the perfect way to go down the list and start setting some season passes on your DVRs. Happy viewing!
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MAY 2012 PREMIERES
"Sherlock" Season 2 premiere
Sun., May 6, 9 p.m. ET on PBS
This sleek BBC update on the classic tales of Sherlock Holmes was nominated for an Emmy and won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series -- and for good reason. If you missed Season 1, it's easy to catch up: The three 90-minute episodes are streaming on Netflix.
"Around the World in 80 Plates" series premiere
Wed., May 9, 10 p.m. ET on Bravo
If "Top Chef" contestants were sent on a trip around the world, you'd have something as frenetic and fascinatingly food-filled as "80 Plates." First stop: London.
"Common Law" series premiere
Fri., May 11, 10 p.m. ET on USA
Police partners Travis Marks (Michael Ealy) and Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole) can work together, they just can't get along. So their captain orders them to couples therapy with Dr. Ryan, played by Sonya Walger.
"Sister Wives" Season 3 premiere
Sun., May 13, 9 p.m. ET on TLC
Kody Brown, his four wives and their 17 children are back, and this season finds them trying to get settled in Las Vegas while Kody looks for a home big enough for all of them.
"America's Got Talent" Season 7 premiere
Mon., May 14, 8 p.m. ET on NBC
Howard Stern is coming to TV -- is there anything else to say?
"The Bachelorette" 90-minute Season 8 premiere
Mon., May 14, 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC
It's single mom Emily Maynard's turn to date a bunch of men, go on fabulous dates and hopefully, find everlasting love ... or at least someone to propose to and then break up with.
"Pregnant In Heels" Season 2 premiere
Thurs., May 15, 10 p.m. ET on Bravo
Pregnancy concierge extraordinaire Rosie Pope is pregnant (in heels, naturally) with her third child when Season 2 kicks off, but that doesn't make dealing with her demanding clients and growing empire any less hectic.
"Duets" series premiere
Thurs., May 24, 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke aren't just judges or mentors for this new reality singing competition -- they're partners with their wannabe contestants. The best amateur duet partner wins a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
"So You Think You Can Dance" two-hour Season 9 premiere
Thurs., May 24 8 p.m. ET on Fox; moves to regular time slot on Wed., May 30, 8 p.m. ET
Less is more in the case of "SYTYCD" this season. No, we won't have an extra elimination show each week, but maybe that'll make the one episode a week that we do still get even more of a must-see.
"Rookie Blue" Season 3 premiere
Thurs., May 24, 10 p.m. ET on ABC
"Rookie Blue" is the little summer cop show that could. Now in its third season, here's hoping the action and emotion for these rookie cops gets kicked up a few notches to really get noticed.
"Men at Work" series premiere
Thurs., May 24, 10 p.m. ET on TBS
A sitcom about four best buds and coworkers -- Milo (Danny Masterson), the recent dumpee; Gibbs (James Lesure), the ladies man; Tyler (Michael Cassidy), the sophisticated one; and Neal (Adam Busch), the one with the girlfriend -- who help each other navigate life.
"Hemingway & Gellhorn" original movie
Mon., May 28, 9 p.m. on HBO
This made-for-TV movie follows the love story of Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman), one of America's most famous literary couples, from their meeting in 1936 through their exciting and tumultuous five-year marriage.
"Hatfields & McCoys" premiere
Mon., May 28, 9 p.m. ET on History
History goes Wild West for this three-part miniseries, all about one of the most infamous rivalries in American history, starring Kevin Costner as ?Devil? Anse Hatfield and Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy.
"The Catalina" series premiere
Tues., May 29, 8 p.m. ET on The CW
A new sun-soaked reality series about the hot young staff at The Catalina hotel in Miami's sexy South Beach neighborhood.
"Workaholics" Season 3 premiere
Tues., May 29, 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central
Co-workers, roommates and friends Blake, Adam and Ders are back for more partying on this underrated offbeat Comedy Central sitcom.
"Dogs in the City" series premiere
Wed., May 30, 8 p.m. ET on CBS
A different kind of dog whisperer, expert Justin Silver will be helping New York City dog owners with their various canine conundrums.
"Melissa & Joey" one-hour Season 2 premiere
Wed., May 30, 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family
Mel and Joe are back for more family hijinks and sexual tension in this throwback sitcom.
"Breaking Pointe" series premiere
Thurs., May 31, 8 p.m. ET on The CW
This new reality show takes place at Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the most intensely competitive dance companies in the country. They have dance moms there too, don't they?
Click to Page 3 for June premieres
JUNE 2012 PREMIERES
"Secret Millionaire" Season 3 premiere
Sun., June 3, 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Sunday's most uplifting reality show is back with even more millionaires rewarding deserving people and heroes of their communities with cold hard cash.
"Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" Season 2 premiere
Sun., June 3, 9 p.m. ET on ABC
Get ready for more inspiring total life makeovers as ABC's weight loss show returns with all new stories of obese people ready to make major life changes on TV.
"The Glades" Season 3 premiere
Sun, June 3, 9 p.m. ET on A&E
There's an endless supply of mysterious murders in the Everglades, and it's up to Jim Longworth to solve them.
"Longmire" series premiere
Sun., June 3, 10 p.m. ET on A&E
A modern take on both Westerns and crime thrillers, "Longmire" follows a small-town sheriff in Wyoming (Robert Taylor) as he tries to rebuild his life after being widowed, with help from a new deputy (Katee Sackhoff) and his oldest pal (Lou Diamond Phillips).
"Hell's Kitchen" two-night Season 10 premiere
Mon., June 4, 8 p.m. ET & Tues., June 5, 8 p.m. ET on Fox
He's ba-ack! Let's hope the wannabe chefs have been working on their Beef Wellington recipes. We know how picky Gordon Ramsay can be ...
"MasterChef" two-night Season 3 premiere
Mon., June 4, 9 p.m. ET & Tues., June 5, 9 p.m. ET on Fox
And for even more Gordon goodness -- and the added bonus of his fellow judges, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich -- "MasterChef" is heating up this season with the most promising and talented bunch of home cooks yet.
"Push Girls" series premiere
Mon., June 4, 10 p.m. ET on Sundance
An inspiring, refreshing look at why life in a wheelchair doesn't have to handicap you, these "Push Girls" are strong, fearless, take-no-prisoners badasses.
"Pretty Little Liars" Season 3 premiere
Tues., June 5, 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family
Now that we know who "A" is, what does that mean for our favorite liars? After a (thankfully) very short break between seasons, we can't wait to see who their next big enemy is.
"Rizzoli & Isles" Season 3 premiere
Tues., June 5, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
The ladies are back, but can they fix their broken relationship? After last season's insane finale, we wonder ...
"Franklin & Bash" Season 2 premiere
Tues., June 5, 10 p.m. ET on TNT
We're not sure we'd actually hire Franklin and Bash to defend us, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't have fun watching them try.
"Royal Pains" Season 4 premiere
Wed., June 6, 9 p.m. ET on USA
Hank, Evan and the gang are back for more quirky medical cases in the tony Hamptons.
"Necessary Roughness" Season 2 premiere
Wed., June 6, 10 p.m. ET on USA
Football season has begun and the doctor is in -- Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne) and the ever-plagued Hawks players are back for more unconventional therapy sessions. Now if only Dani can get her own personal life in check.
"Love in the Wild" two-hour Season 2 premiere
Thurs., June 7, 8 p.m. ET on NBC
People find love in some pretty unexpected places, so why not in the middle of nowhere? With new host Jenny McCarthy, this adventure dating show is back for another summer of love.
"Saving Hope" series premiere
Thurs., June 7, 10 p.m. ET on NBC
A new hour-long medical drama series with an ensemble cast that includes "Smallville's" Erica Durance and "The Vampire Diaries'" Daniel Gillies.
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" series premiere
Fri., June 8, 10 p.m. ET on IFC
Based on Scott Aukerman's award-winning podcast, this offbeat sitcom is about a late night talk show-within-the-show, peppered with sketches and featuring an insane list of some of the biggest names in comedy as guests.
"Bunk" series premiere
Fri., June 8, 10:30 p.m. ET on IFC
Take a classic TV game show, make celebrities sing, dance, draw and improv as the contestants and give them bizarre prizes, then you've got something resembling this new IFC show, hosted by Kurt Braunohler.
"True Blood" Season 5 premiere
Sun., June 10, 9 p.m. on HBO
Waiting sucks, but the wait is almost over for Season 5, which picks up right where the shocking Season 4 finale left off. One thing we're especially excited for: finally flashing back to see how Eric turned Pam.
"Our America With Lisa Ling" Season 2 summer premiere
Sun., June 10, 10 p.m. ET on OWN
Lisa Ling continues to shed light on those facets of American life that aren't always publicized, from faith healers, polygamists and sex offenders to veterans of war.
"Tia & Tamera" Season 2 premiere
Mon., June 11, 8 p.m. ET on Style
These "Sister, Sister" twins are all grown up, but they're still pretty in sync. Last season was all about Tia's pregnancy and Tamera's wedding, and this season, it's Tamera's turn to prepare for motherhood.
"The Secret Life of the American Teenager" Season 5 premiere
Mon., June 11, 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family
With a new season ending just a week after the Season 4 finale, it's anyone's guess where Amy and her fellow teenagers will be, but the third episode of this season marks their 100th -- a huge milestone and a first for any ABC Family series.
"Bunheads" series premiere
Mon., June 11, 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family
Michelle (Sutton Foster) goes from sexy Vegas showgirl to small-town ballet instructor in this new series from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
"Dallas" series premiere
Wed., June 13, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
Welcome back to Southfork Ranch, where the "Dallas" alum and some fresh blood are still scheming and backstabbing for the rights to that black gold bubbling under the surface in their own backyard.
"Burn Notice" Season 6 premiere
June 14, 10 p.m. ET on USA
The gang's all back -- except Fiona. Is she really gone for good? And what does that mean for Michael Westen?
"Suits" Season 2 premiere
Thurs., June 14, 10 p.m. ET on USA
"Suits" was a surprise hit last summer with some of the best chemistry on TV, and we can't wait to see what Mike and Harvey pull off next in their unlikely legal partnership.
"Falling Skies" Season 2 premiere
Sun., June 17, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
Season 2 picks up three months after Tom (Noah Wyle) went aboard that alien ship, and his kids are still searching for him while helping to lead the 2nd Mass alongside Captain Weaver (Will Patton).
"Baby Daddy" series premiere
Wed., June 20, 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC Family
This new sitcom follows twentysomething Ben, who finds a baby on his doorstep left by an ex and instantly becomes a new dad. Ben decides to raise the child with help from his mom, brother, best friend and gal pal who might be more.
"Inside Men" series premiere
Wed., June 20, 10 p.m. ET on BBC America
This thrilling drama follows three security company employees who are planning a multi-million dollar heist, with the story all told from their perspectives.
"The Soul Man" series premiere
Wed., June 20, 10 p.m. ET on TV Land
In this "Hot In Cleveland" spinoff, R&B singer Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine (Cedric "The Entertainer") leaves the glitz and glamour of being a soul superstar in Vegas to take over preaching duties as Reverend of his father's church in St. Louis, with his reluctant wife Lolli (Niecy Nash) and family in tow.
"The Exes" Season 2 premiere
Wed., June 20, 10:30 p.m. ET on TV Land
What'll happen next with Holly (Kristen Johnston) and Phil (Donald Faison)? And can we please get Ken Marino back to guest star as Holly's ex?
"Snooki & JWoww" series premiere
Thurs., June 21, 10 p.m. ET on MTV
Snooki and JWoww are leaving the "Jersey Shore" house to move into their own place together, and Snooki's big baby and engagement news means that this is kind of their last hurrah to live it up as single best friends.
"The Newsroom" series premiere
Sun., June 24, 10 p.m. on HBO
Aaron Sorkin's latest TV drama takes a look behind the scenes at a nightly cable news show just trying to put out the best show possible with an unpredictable anchor (Jeff Daniels), a demanding boss (Sam Waterston), a flighty producer (Emily Mortimer) and the show's largely unmotivated staff (Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Alison Pill).
"The Great Escape" series premiere
Sun., June 24, 10 p.m. ET on TNT
TNT's first reality competition show, executive produced by Ron Howard, will follow three teams each week as they fight for a big cash prize by making it through Hollywood blockbuster-style challenges in unique locations.
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" Season 9
Sun., June 24, 11:45 p.m. on Adult Swim
At this point, they're just calling it "Aqua Something You Know Whatever" ... which is fitting, don't you think?
"Craft Wars" series premiere
Tues., June 26, 10 p.m. ET on TLC
Tori Spelling hosts this new TLC crafting competition show that pits three crafters against each other each week for challenges in all areas of crafting.
"Wipeout" Season 5 summer premiere
Thurs., June 28, 9 p.m. ET on ABC
Will the big balls ever stop being funny?
"Anger Management" series premiere with back-to-back episodes
Thurs., June 28, 9 p.m. ET on FX
Yep, Charlie Sheen's back on TV with this re-imagining of the 2003 Jack Nicholson/Adam Sandler movie of the same name. Sheen will play an anger management therapist with unconventional methods who needs just as much counseling as his patients.
"Wilfred" Season 2 premiere
Thurs., June 28, 10 p.m. ET on FX
Sometimes man's best friend is just another man in a dog costume. This trippy take on the hit Australian comedy returns with Jason Gann back in the shaggy Wilfred suit and Elijah Wood's character's life falling apart because of it.
"Awkward." Season 2 premiere
Thurs., June 28, 10:30 p.m. ET on MTV
Are you Team Matty or Team Jake? We're totally Team Jenna and can't wait for this delightful show to return.
"Louie" Season 3 premiere
Thurs., June 28, 10:30 p.m. ET on FX
Louis C.K. is back with more brutally honest comedy, loosely based on his real life. Last season was a revelation, and we're happy the show has really found its stride.
"Brand X with Russell Brand" series premiere
Thurs., June 28, 11 p.m. ET on FX
Russell Brand is tackling late night with this new comedy show, which looks nothing like a traditional talk show (thank god) -- it's basically six half-hour comedy specials featuring Brand's signature style of stand-up, shot in front of a live audience.
Click to Page 4 for July & August premieres
JULY & AUGUST 2012 PREMIERES
"Weeds" Season 8 premiere
Sun., July 1, 10 p.m. ET on Showtime
You don't screw over as many people as Nancy Botwin has and not have a few enemies out to get you. So who shot at Nancy and her family at the end of last season? (Hint: It's someone we know from her past.) And was anyone hit? We long for the simpler days in Agrestic, but at this point, we're curious if Nancy will ever get what's coming to her.
"Episodes" Season 2 premiere
Sun., July 1, 10:30 p.m. ET on Showtime
You might've written off Matt LeBlanc playing "himself" as just another stunt, but his Golden Globe win helped legitimize this role a bit for doubters. The fact that he plays an insanely self-absorbed, clueless version of himself whose well-endowed nature is frequently referenced? Well, that's just a bonus.
"Web Therapy" Season 2 premiere
Mon., July 2, 11 p.m. ET on Showtime
Lisa Kudrow's online therapist Fiona Wallice just makes us feel so ... sane. In Season 2's 10 episodes, we'll see patients played by Meryl Streep, Conan O'Brien, Rosie O'Donnell, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver and Selma Blair, among others.
"The Closer" Season 7 summer premiere
Mon., July 9, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
Wrapping up its final season with a bonus six episodes to launch the spinoff, "Major Crimes" (more on that in August premieres), get ready to say goodbye to sassy, sweet-eating Brenda Leigh Johnson forever.
"Perception" series premiere
Mon., July 9, 10 p.m. ET on TNT
Everything isn't always what it seems, and this new drama proves that one man's perception is another man's truth ... and possibly another man's hallucination. Eric McCormack returns to TV as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a slightly unhinged professor and neuroscientist who helps the FBI out with tough cases.
"Opening Act" series premiere
Mon., July 9, 10 p.m. ET on E!
A new reality series from "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe, this one plucks musical acts from online obscurity, giving them the chance to open huge concerts for artists like Rod Stewart, Brad Paisley and Nicki Minaj. Mary J. Blige will be helping Lythgoe choose the lucky groups.
"Trust Us With Your Life" series premiere
Tues., July 10, 9 p.m. ET on ABC
Improv is back on TV with this new show, from the creators of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," hosted by Fred Willard. Celebrities like Ricky Gervais and Florence Henderson tell funny life stories while the cast of improvisers reenacts them.
"White Collar" Season 4 premiere
Tues., July 10 at 9 p.m. ET on USA
With a sunny new locale to kick things off (they shot in Puerto Rico), "Smallville" and "V" alum Laura Vandervoort joining the cast, likely as a new love interest for Neal (Matt Bomer), and Mekhi Phifer stopping by to play a federal agent, this season sounds especially steamy.
"Covert Affairs" Season 3 premiere
July 10 at 10 p.m. ET on USA
This sexy summer spy drama is back, and now that Annie's finally found her footing as an agent, with her first kill under her belt, the action can only get bigger. Rumor has it, they've shot episodes in Istanbul, Stockholm and Jordan already this season.
"Final Witness" series premiere
Tues., July 10, 10 p.m. ET on ABC
A new true crime series that takes a different look at some very shocking murder cases, all told from the victim's point of view.
"Damages" Season 5 premiere
Wed., July 11, 10 p.m. ET on DirecTV
The fifth and final season of this onetime FX hit that made the move to DirecTV last year is sure to be explosive. We may never get all the answers about Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), but we sure love to watch them spar.
"The Franchise" one-hour Season 2 premiere
Wed., July 11, 9 p.m. ET on Showtime
Major League Baseball just got a little sexier: This sports doc series is going behind the bullpen with the Miami Marlins this season.
"Beverly Hills Nannies" series premiere
Wed., July 11, 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family
From the people who brought us "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" comes a new reality docuseries about the nannies who work in La-La-Land's most exclusive zip code.
"Big Brother" Season 14 premiere
Thurs., July 12, 9 p.m. ET on CBS
We don't know what the season's big twists will be yet, but we'll bet it's something big -- after 13 season, it has to be.
"The Real L Word" Season 3 premiere
Thurs., July 12, 10 p.m. ET on Showtime
Showtime's hit "The L Word" told stories of lesbians living in Los Angeles, but no matter how dramatic things got, they could never rival the real thing -- these ladies are completely uninhibited, making this a fascinating guilty pleasure. Plus, this summer, they're adding some New York lesbians.
"Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse" Season 2 premiere
Fri., July 13, 9 p.m. ET on TBS
Based on Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married"? movies, this show stars Tasha Smith and MIchael Jai White as a married couple just trying to juggle it all while keeping their marriage intact.
"Leverage" Season 5 premiere
Sun., July 15, 8 p.m. ET on TNT
There are plenty of cop shows on TV, but for those who like to see things from the thieves' perspectives, this show sets up new heists each week.
"Political Animals" series premiere
Sun., July 15, 10 p.m. ET on USA
This six-part Washington, D.C.-based drama series boasts an impressive ensemble cast -- including Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn, Adrian Pasdar and James Wolk -- and an incredibly intriguing story full of scandal and political corruption.
"Sullivan & Son" series premiere
Thurs., July 19, 10 p.m. ET on TBS
From executive producer Vince Vaughn, this new sitcom stars comedian Steve Byrne as Steve, a guy who takes over his family's Pittsburgh bar.
"3" 90-minute series premiere
Sun., July 22, 9 p.m. ET on CBS
Based on a hit Israeli reality dating show, "3" follows three very different women as they meet hundreds of men who could possibly be their soul mates.
"Bachelor Pad" Season 3 premiere
Mon., July 23, 8 p.m. ET on ABC
As long as there are people willing to look for love on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," there will plenty of cast-offs to fill the "Bachelor Pad" house.
"Design Star" Season 7 premiere
Tues., July 31, 9 p.m. ET on HGTV
Twelve new designers from all over the country will be vying for the ultimate reality TV prize: their own HGTV show. We've missed judges Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip's brutally honest banter and, of course, Season 1 winner David Bromstad's charm.
"Breaking Bad" Season 5 premiere
Sundays, 10 p.m. ET in July, exact date TBD
The much-anticipated fifth and final season will be split in two, according to star Bryan Cranston, with the first half airing starting in July, and the second half in 2013. They're picking up right where we left off in the jaw-dropping Season 4 finale.
"Major Crimes" series premiere
Mon., Aug. 13 at 10 p.m. ET on TNT; moves to regular timeslot Mon., Aug. 20, 9 p.m. ET
This much-anticipated spin-off of "The Closer" will hopefully make the loss of that fan-favorite show a little easier on viewers with continuing characters, including Mary McDonnell's Captain Sharon Raydor and G.W. Bailey's Detective Lt. Louie Provenza.
"Boss" Season 2 premiere
Fri., Aug. 17, 10 p.m. ET on Starz
Kelsey Grammer's drama wasn't exactly a ratings hit, but it did score some Golden Globe love and a second season pickup before the first season even premiered. We ended last season on election day, but this season Mayor Tom Kane promises that he will tear it all down if needed -- and if his disease doesn't take him down first.
"Married to Jonas" series premiere
Sun., Aug. 19, 10 p.m. ET on E!
The latest couple to share their married life on reality TV: Kevin Jonas and his wife, Danielle. Other JoBro cameos are all but guaranteed.
"Hotel Hell" series premere
Originally slated to premiere in June, Fox moved it to later this summer, TBD
And now, a new Gordon Ramsay show ("Hell's Kitchen" and "MasterChef" just aren't enough for some) to complete what Fox has dubbed the "Summer of Gordon." This one follows him as he whips ailing hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts into shape.
Tell us: Which summer shows are you most excited for?
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We've been building up to the release of The Avengers for a while, but now the big moment is almost here! There are quite a few smokin-hot superheroes to keep track of in this movie, most of who have already appeared on the big screen before. If you haven't had the chance to see all the prequel movies, never fear - I've put together this guide to catch you up on what you need to know. And even if you've already seen 'em, allow me to refresh your memory.View Slideshow ?
In the weeks before the season finale of RuPaul's Drag Race, the gay blogosphere was abuzz with rumors that Sharon Needles had made racist comments. At the time, there wasn't any solid evidence to convict Ms. Needles in the court of public opinion, but a recent video has changed all that.
In the video, Needles says onstage:
The other night me and a couple of my friends went out to have a good time, and there's this young thing. I call her a "thing" because, you know, I don't know how to tip-toe around gender rules or queer politics. I'm 30 years old, rich, and famous; I don't have to deal with that shit anymore, you know what I mean? So we'll just call them "him"/"her"/"thing," whatever. And you know she really finds my shows offensive. ... So anyway she got upset that I paint myself brown, that I would use language that she found offensive. ... She made me an unnecessary poster child for post-racial change."
Needles goes on to say that there are "real" racists in Pennsylvania and that this person needs to stop picking on him and focus energy on the "real" racists. First of all, there is no such thing as a "real" racist, a "fake" racist, a "pretend" racist, or even being "a little bit racist." There's just racism, OK? (Please see "hipster racism" for more details). Also, we as a country are not "post-racial," so I fail to see how she could be given the unnecessary-post-racial-poster-child crown.
Needles, girl, you can't perform that stuff and not expect to be called out. What you did is known as "blackface," which has its roots in white supremacy. If you thought it was such a good idea, why didn't you do it on the show? If a person of color, or any person, for that matter, calls you out on something like that, maybe you just need to stop and think about it. I know you feel justified in doing these things, especially after a brick was allegedly thrown in your window, but that doesn't justify your language.
It's sad to see a RuPaul's Drag Race winner use such racist and cissexist language. Tumblr user "queerandpresentdanger" best summed up the severity of Needles' statement, writing:
So not only is Sharon Needles now being unapologetically racist, she's preaching and perpetuating cissexism and denouncing "queer on queer violence" without recognizing EVERYTHING SHE IS DOING IS VIOLENT. She is positioning the queer community as solely white and cis and preaching separatism from anyone who challenges that ... INTERSECTIONALITY ... DO YOU SPEAK IT?????
And as for Needles' age excuse, there isn't one. The fact that you are 30 years old, rich, and famous doesn't give you the right to disrespect someone who calls you out on your problematic language and performances. As "queerandpresentdanger" notes (and I have to agree), Needles is no better than Dan Savage.
I suspect Needles will likely say that he was just "joking" (failing to recognize how jokes can be used as a tool of oppression) or double down and say that people are just too "sensitive." Like Savage (who has been unapologetic to the disabled, trans people, and a victim of rape, just to name a few), I doubt there will be a real apology -- that is, unless Needles ticks off Christians.
Hopefully, this unfortunate incident with Needles will finally engage queer people to discuss issues of race and other intersecting identities rather than believing that it is OK to perpetuate negative language and stereotypes.
Want to see William Levy shirtless? Of course you do!
The Cuban telenovela hunk, who is bringing plenty of heat to the current season of "Dancing With the Stars," is joining the cast of VH1's hit series, "Single Ladies," and we've got your first look at Levy shirtless in a clip from the show's May 28th premiere!
Check out the video above to see the muscular hunk make out passionately with equally beautiful co-star, Denise Vasi!
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