It’s futile to resist RuPaul’s ‘Drag U’-lation

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imageTry as we might, we’re sure to get sucked into RuPaul’s summer vortex on “Drag U.” Taking a cue from the success of “Drag Race,” Logo puts a queer eye on straight gals to see if ratings lightning can strike twice.

The show premieres Monday, and we admit that we’re enticed by ads casting Ru as a Max Headroom-esque Headmistress at her own “school for girls,” putting her in charge of the “Drag U”-lator of “immense Drag-U-lation.”

And of course, we’re drawn inexplicably to the hottest hot-mess “Drag Race” contestants as its “professors” (photo with Ru).

Each episode will put frumpy women–biological women as Ru likes to exaggerate—with sob stories and even sadder looks through the “Drag U” boot camp. Monday’s opener focuses on past “Drag Racers” Raven, Jujubee and Ongina. They are the reigning “lady boys” of the show, so they get the “boy ladies” to work on.

With a few tricks of the drag trade under their tightly corseted belts, the Drag-U-lated tomboys will reveal the results in a final stage show in front of friends, family and celebrity judges. Mia Tyler guest stars in the first episode.

Later episodes will welcome faculty including Season 2’s Pandora Boxx and Morgan McMichaels, plus Season 1’s Nina Flowers, Shanel and the freakiest “Drag Race” contestant ever, Tammie “sourpuss” Brown.

We would say we hope there’s more to it than that, but we know better. The “more” will come in contrived phases of the aforementioned sob stories that got the women on the show, irritating input from Ru, hamming for the camera by the “professors,” and blatant pimping of product sponsors.

Kind (paid?) reviews have called “Drag U” “laugh-out-loud funny” and “surprisingly sensitive,” so color us mean for doubting it. But don’t get us wrong; it’s perfectly fine if all our fears are realized. We’re still going to watch every minute of it.

“Drag U” airs Mondays, at 9 p.m. on Logo (Comast 288) and goes on merciless repeat for the rest of the week.

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