Lights, camera, action.

A little over three weeks ago, 13 drag queens took to the stage for the 12th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” 

For this season, RuPaul switched it up a bit and instead of introducing all of the queens in the first episode, he split the introductions into two different episodes, six queens on one and seven on the other. 

I liked this format better than the normal format as, with this, you get to know the queens better and on a more personal level. 

During these episodes, RuPaul also decided not to eliminate any of the queens and instead save the first elimination for the third episode. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait.

In the third episode, queen Dahlia Sin lost the dry and boring lip sync battle against Nicky Doll.  

It has always been a tradition that when a queen is eliminated, they sashay away, turn to the judges and they have a catchphrase or say thank you and goodbye. 

However, Dahlia Sin stormed off the stage after her elimination without a word. This not only left me speechless but it also left the other queens and RuPaul speechless as well.

If that wasn’t enough drama for one season, buckle up, because it’s about to get real.

Right before the airing of the second episode, queen Sherry Pie was confronted with allegations of sexual misconduct. Several men came forward with the claims that Sherry Pie posed as an HBO casting director and coerced them into exposing acts. 

A statement from Sherry Pie’s Facebook shows her response to the allegations. 

“This is Joey,” the post began. “I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed and disgusted I am with myself. I know that the pain and hurt that I have caused will never go away and I know that what I did was wrong and truly cruel.”

The post went on to say that Sherry Pie is currently receiving treatment and is sorry for the hurt that she has caused to the people affected by her actions.

In light of all of these allegations and a post from the official “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Twitter on March 6, Sherry Pie is disqualified from the show and will not be allowed to participate in the finale. 

The tweet reads, “In light of recent developments and Sherry Pie’s statement, Sherry Pie has been disqualified from RuPaul’s Drag Race…”

This caused a lot of speculation that she makes it far in the show and many fans called for a recut  of the entire season to edit her out.

One fan stated on Twitter: “She don’t deserve to be disqualified. She needs to be erased. Give her as little screen time as possible and zero confessionals.”

However, according to another tweet on the same day as the announcement of the disqualification, “Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned.”

I can understand how some fans would want to cut her out of the entire season, however, I completely agree with the statement from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” about keeping the “season as planned.” It would be incredibly hard to go back in and edit her out of every episode and that might not even be possible given that the show often does many group challenges.

From what I have seen already, it is going to be a wild season, filled with much drama and many surprises.

Remember: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here?” 

 

Connor Crawford can be contacted at:

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