Anyone who’s been watching ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ since its early years will know the show has become so much more than a competition about wigs and high heels.
Now adored all over the world, the show has become a platform to comment on important issues within the queer community, from body image and bullying to sexual assault and HIV awareness.
Unfortunately, the series 10 reunion episode was among the show’s more uncomfortable moments, but still managed to spark important discussions in the fan community about racism, particularly in relation to the way The Vixen was portrayed during her time on the show.
After saying her piece, The Vixen chose to walk away mid-reunion, while Asia O’Hara did what so many would never dare to, and challenged RuPaul about why she’d allowed it to happen.
In a polarising speech, Ru declared: “Look at me, goddammit. I come from the same goddamn place that she comes from. And here I am. You see me walking out? No… I fucking learned how to act around people, and how to deal with shit. I’m not fucking walking out and saying ‘fuck all of y’all’. That’s disrespectful!
“Let me tell you something, I have been discriminated against by white people because I’m black, by black people because I’m gay and by gay people for being too femme. Did I let that stop me? No.”
The Vixen later returned for the show’s final episode, but both she and Asia have since gone on to speak about how she feels black contestants are treated differently when they take part in ‘Drag Race’.
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