When a group of friends in southern Utah got together for a weekend getaway, they planned to watch the season finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, maybe make a funny video of a lip sync battle and then head home. What happened instead has now gone viral.
The now-named “Cabin Kitty Girls,” made up of friends Trevor Myrick, Ryan Ireland, Max Gonzales, Jeffrey Van Hulten, Cameron Vakilian, Eric Boscan, Brody Hunter and Travis Ciaramella, filmed a hilarious remake of the episode’s one-shot music video for RuPaul’s “Kitty Girl.” The video sees the guys dancing and lip-syncing around a log cabin along with the song in the background.
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The video gained so much attention, that RuPaul himself took to Twitter and shared the video with his followers. In a Facebook message with Billboard, Brody Hunter, who impersonated Trixie Mattel in the video, says, “We were shook. I don’t think any of us were planning on this video becoming even a fraction of how popular it has become — so for Mama Ru to have seen and supported it was beyond anything we could’ve imagined.”
The music video for the finale of All Stars 3 took a full day or choreography and rehearsal, but for the friends, it took them a few hours of blocking, rehearsal and dry runs to create a viral hit. “We did an initial, dry run through, and then two more takes after that,” says Trevor Myrick, the video’s director. “The third, and final, seemed perfect to us.”
Myrick posted the video on his Facebook page, and soon after it spread like wildfire. The original video now has over 700,000 views, with queens from the show, and judges like Michelle Visage, sharing it with their fans.
“The video going viral was a complete surprise,” says Eric Boscan, who played the role of Kennedy Davenport in the video. “But I am happy so many people have enjoyed it. This video was so much fun and this is a solid group of guys.”
As far as future plans go, one of the Cabin Kitty Girls has an idea: Jeffrey Van Hulten, who played one of the dancing judges, wants to send a message to the producers of Drag Race; “These Cabin Kitty Girls are up for being the season 10 jury of queers — if needed, of course.”
Watch the Cabin Kitty Girls’ full performance below: