'The Drag Roast of Heklina' is not for the easily triggered, but an 'old, misshapen, hideous' queen gets the red-hot poker
The honorable panel included Sister Roma, Julie Brown, Peaches Christ, Jinx Monsoon, Alaska Thunderf**k, roast mistress Jackie Beat and Bob the Drag Queen was assembled
Heklina is one of San Francisco's, even the country's, most well-known drag queens. Having been in the business for 20 years, she has influenced the LGBT+ culture in a monumental way, and it's only natural that when the “queer owned and operated” Revry decided to honor her, they did it in the most respectful way possible – by shading, reading and making fun of her.
An honorable panel, including Sister Roma, Julie Brown, Peaches Christ, Jinx Monsoon, Alaska Thunderf**k, the roast mistress Jackie Beat, and special guest Bob the Drag Queen was assembled, and together, they gave legendary drag queen a roast night she would never forget.
Don’t believe us? Get a taste of what the night was like from the roast mistress herself: “Well, making mean-spirited, cruel jokes about Heklina is like shooting fish in a barrel. And trust me, that is the ONLY time you will ever hear her name and word ‘fish’ used in the same sentence. I mean, making snarky jokes about an old, misshapen, hideous, untalented - did I say old? - hag is just plain fun!”
Underneath these reads, however, is the love these talented drag queens share. As Jackie Beat told MEAWW, “A roast is really just poking fun at someone you love - but you're poking them with a red-hot poker! If it doesn't hurt at least a little, you ain't doing your job! I was looking forward to skewering just about everyone that night - obviously the better you know someone the better it works. Alaska is a friend of mine and I adore Jinx so that was extra special.”
Jackie Beat got her share at the roast too, specifically one that tickled the woman of the hour. "When people heard there is a roast of Heklina they thought she has to sit there and get roasted for three hours. But everybody else got roasted also, and my favorite jokes were directed at Jackie Beat, about being fat. My favorite joke was when Alaska said, ‘My doctor told me I had to avoid trans fats so I called up Jackie Beat and cancelled my lunch plans.' I thought that was so funny,” Heklina told MEAWW, accompanied with her signature laughter.
Despite being on the receiving end of her zingers, Jackie Beat also confessed she was pretty impressed with Alaska, with whom she has somewhat of a mother/daughter relationship. However, everyone brought their A-game that night, she said, an opinion seconded by Heklina, who was particularly impressed with her friend, Sister Roma’s, jokes, which she described as “mean and cruel.” She added, “I have seen her do roasts where is very nice and polite, but this time she let herself go crazy with it.”
It is only natural Sister Roma was able to let lose for her friend’s roast, because, as Heklina points out, it is very important to know the people you are making fun of, have a sense of humor about themselves, and aren't too sensitive. Jackie Beat echoes similar sentiments, and vents about how audiences have changed over the course of her career.
“There is always some sensitive 14-year-old White cisgender girl in the Midwest just poised to pounce on anything they deem racist or transphobic. Keep in mind, the actual people of color and/or trans individuals are usually laughing, but these ‘word warriors’ are riding in on their white horses to save the day! Meanwhile the supposed ‘victim’ - whom this complete stranger is trying to save - is screaming, ‘I'm just swimming! I'M NOT DROWNING!’,” she said, adding how it is so easy to say "Nothing is sacred" but very hard to actually feel that way because everyone has that one thing, they consider off-limits or out-of-bounds.
“For me it's Black Lives Matter,” says Jackie Beat, further elaborating, “I feel that is literally untouchable. It even bothers me when people make relatively harmless jokes like ‘Drag Lives Matter.’ I just cannot and will not mock or devalue or belittle that particular phrase and/or movement.”
“Keep in mind, I have written roast jokes for Joan Rivers and Roseanne Barr. When Joan was roasting Lady Bunny for her 50th Birthday she opened her video with ‘I am so excited to be here! As of this moment, I have now officially roasted more people than Hitler!’ No one told Joan not to make a Holocaust joke. And no one can tell me - a 55-year-old gay man - who came out of the closet and became sexually active on the same day that AIDS held its first press conference - not to make an AIDS joke,” Jackie Beat elaborated.
And you better believe there are AIDS jokes, fat jokes, trans jokes and jokes on every other "sensitive" subject you can imagine, at ‘The Drag Roast of Heklina,’ which releases Friday, February 1, on Revry.tv.