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Eating For Free

Jun 6, 2024

A pandemic, an election, nationwide uprisings against police brutality, a swarm anti-drag Facebook trolls, and a HBO show walk into a bar in rural South Dakota. What happens next?


Hosted by journalists Joan Summers and Matthew Lawson, Eating For Free is a weekly podcast that explores gossip and power in the pop culture landscape: Where it comes from, who wields it, and who suffers at the hands of it. Find out the stories behind the stories, as together they look beyond the headlines of troublesome YouTubers or scandal-ridden A-Listers, and delve deep into the inner workings of Hollywood's favorite pastime. The truth, they've found, is definitely stranger than any gossip.

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Sources [may cut off in certain apps]:

  • On Location: How HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ Brought Drag Shows to Small Towns Across America, 06/30/20, [Conde Nast Traveler]
  • The Personal, Political, and Profound Impact of HBO's 'We're Here', 04/22/20 [Shondaland]
  • HBO's heartfelt "We're Here" is the drag show America needs now, 04/22/20, [Salon]
  • Drag's next act: We're Here, RuPaul, more bring 'money and momentum' to gay TV, 04/21/20 [EW]
  • Shangela and Bob the Drag Queen Dish on Ariana Grande, ‘Queer Eye,’ and Active Allyship, 06/29/20 [RS]
  • Shangela and Bob the Drag Queen Urge Voter Turnout in GLAAD PSA, (2020) [Them
  • Community has mixed reactions to HBO's 'We're Here' visiting Watertown, 07/30/21 [Watertown Public Opinion]
  • HBO's 'We're Here' drag queen show, filmed in Evansville, features pastor, other locals, 11/05/21 [Courier & Press]
  • Pastor loses his job after performing in drag on HBO’s 'We're Here', 12/07/21 [NBC]
  • Settlement for St. George city manager forced out after drag show will cost taxpayers $625,000, 10/27/22 [SLC Tribune]
  • What St. George residents said about drag shows at divided council meeting, 11/04/22 [SLC Tribune]
  • HBO showrunners say St. George drag show controversy should be seen as a warning, 12/07/22 [SLC Tribune]
  • This is what happens when HBO drag queens sashay into ruby-red Granbury, Texas, 11/23/22 [Fort Worth Star Telegram]
  • ‘We’re Here’ cast & crew faced threats of violence & outright hostility while filming Season 3, 11/23/22 [LGBTQ Nation]
  • Drag Race stars publicly harassed, called homophobic slurs in We’re Here season 4 premiere, 04/26/2024 [EW]
  • Milwaukee drag queen Jaida Essence Hall discusses confronting LGBTQ+ discrimination in new season of HBO's 'We're Here', 04/24/24  [MJS]
  • We're Here's new queens Priyanka and Jaida Essence Hall explain big change for season 4, 04/26/24 [Digital Spy]
  • Misinformed bigots are no match for Sasha Velour on We're Here, 05/10/24 [OUT]