“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has secrets, controversy, and a steep price to make all of the sparkly magic happen. Along with secrets, it has its fair share of scandals, which should be no surprise. There have been scandals like these in RuPaul’s Drag Race! Curious to find out?
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Sherry Pie Catfishing
Apart from the high stakes onstage, a significant part of the draw of RuPaul’s Drag Race is the behind-the-scenes drama, as any long-time fan knows. A controversy involving the actors and production crew is tough to call startling. However, the disqualification of a top contestant during the show’s most recent season has left fans stunned, and the fact that the contestant in question, Sherry Pie, made it to the final four before being eliminated only added to the dramatic upset — one that, unlike most of the show’s more predictable on-screen twists, RuPaul’s producers appear to have done everything possible to minimize.
According to ScreenRant, Sherry Pie was asked to leave the program in May 2020 after it was determined that the drag performer had engaged in many instances of catfishing at least five men over several months – charges that were both proven and exposed. Sherry Pie has not faced any criminal accusations in the months afterward.
Willam Belli Disqualification (Season 4)
Unlike the current issue with competitor Sherry Pie, we know that Belli’s motivation was mutual. It was still a violation of the rules.
Leslie Jones is the sole person responsible for the tea being spilled. She wrote about how surprised she was to see Belli removed off the program after winning a competition. It seems that enough time had gone for Belli to finally break the beans on all that transpired during his show.
The main reason for this was his relationship with a producer. That was the deciding factor. He had had relationships with other producers while on the program, but the hooking up was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Belli was not afraid to criticize the program for not always providing adequate meals for the cast and was one of the complainers. That was something Belli was vocal about, and he believed it needed to be recognized.
Manila Luzon Period Dress Banned
Manila Luzon, the Season 3 queen, participated in All-Stars 4 and pulled out some spectacular looks.
However, one of the dresses chosen did not go down well with the makers.
Manila mentioned on Instagram that he wants to wear an outfit inspired by menstruation.
Manila Luzon, featured on Season 3 of the program and two seasons of All Stars, was known for her bold wardrobe choices.
However, one of her most daring statement designs didn’t make the cut since she said she intended to wear a garment inspired by menstruation.
There was a giant sanitary pad with blood trickling down it for the body, a blood-red skirt and a scarlet stripe sprayed into Manila’s blonde hair.
Trans Woman Could Not Compete On Drag Race (in the past, now they can)
RuPaul’s recent remarks on transgender queens irritated several viewers.
He told The Guardian in 2018: “You may identify as a woman and claim you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start modifying your body.”
“It takes on a new form; it alters the entire premise of what we’re doing. We’ve had a few ladies who have gotten injections in the face and perhaps a few in the buttocks here and there, but they haven’t transitioned.”
Despite the backlash, he appeared to stick by his remarks, arguing, “You can use performance-enhancing drugs and still be an athlete, but not in the Olympics.”
RuPaul later apologized, writing, “Each morning I pray to lay aside all I believe I know, so I may have an open mind and a fresh experience.”
Whereas the drag and trans communities were previously inextricably linked, this type of hostility has colored trans people’s impressions of drag for years, particularly among younger trans women and transfeminine persons. The day before the season three debut of Drag Race All Stars in January, a member on the subreddit r/Asktransgender posted “Who else has an issue with drag?” to express her frustration at being grouped in with the “guy in a dress” by cisgender viewers.
Responses were mixed: some blamed individual performances, while many believed the well was contaminated. One person described drag as “often between casually and openly sexist,” while another compared it to blackface.