Content Warning: This article mentions physical abuse and intimate partner violence.
Trixie Mattel continues to be a fierce competitor. The drag queen, singer-songwriter and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ alum, who won ‘All Stars’ Season 3, is back with a new single and corresponding music video featuring a serious game of tennis – very serious. Released on April 15, “C’mon Loretta” is the first single from Trixie’s fourth album: a double album called “The Blonde & Pink Albums” which will be released this summer.
Inspired by the true battle of the sexes in the world of tennis, the video shows Trixie engaged in a hostile match with her opponent, played by nightlife luminary Mario Diaz. (Comedian Michael Henry also makes a cameo as the ball boy.) In the end, Trixie is victorious when she lights her tennis ball on fire and swings it straight through her opponent’s midsection, as a tribute to the famous “hole in my stomach” scene in “Death becomes”.
Despite its swinging sound, the song is a tribute to country icon Loretta Lynn, and its lyrics (“Singing songs ’bout runnin’ the show / But your heart will never let him go.”) refer to Lynn’s marriage to Oliver Vanetta Lynn, who was physically abusive and dated throughout their 50-year relationship. After her husband’s death in 1996, Lynn spoke about the alleged abuse in her autobiography, “Still Woman Enough”, in which she described the marriage as “one of the toughest love stories”.
Trixie has also been open about being abused by her stepfather as a child. “Everyone has something bad happening to them,” she said Observer in 2019. “I want people to think that I was born at 18. I don’t identify with anything that happened before that, because I don’t want to carry it over today. I don’t I don’t like the narrative that you’re gay or you dress up because bad things happen to you, and I don’t want to perpetuate that, because it’s not true.”