RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sasha Velour has revealed that the online fandom fights have sparked rifts between fellow queens over the years.
The artist, who won the ninth season of the ever-popular TV series, admitted that while they couldn’t do it themselves, appreciates queens who know when and how to pull the plug on fan interaction without causing trouble.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk though, Sasha has revealed these debates online have filtered into the dressing rooms, and caused a bit of trouble between the queens.
‘Unfortunately, it starts disagreements between drag artists themselves, when fundamentally we should all be on the same side,’ they told us.
When asked if queens had fallen out because of these debates, the star hesitated before saying: ‘Yeah. Exactly. I don’t even… I think this is why drag artists need true protection as employees. A union so we can talk to each other about what is reasonable and not reasonable to ask for.’
‘Twitter is not the place to test out your wild theories, which is what people find!,’ they added.
Over the years since the show launched, and as the fan base has done nothing but increase, there have been debates sparked on what is and isn’t expected of drag queens, and how they interact with fans.
Stars such as season 11’s Yvie Oddly was forced to apologise after saying they didn’t want to pose for pictures after performing anymore, telling her audience ‘not to be selfish’ in a string of tweets.
In another incident, at the end of 2019, All Stars season three winner Trixie Mattel came under fire online for not saying ‘happy birthday’ in a video when signing autographs for fans waiting outside a venue.
While some stars think both are fair, others have called out the incidents, leading Trixie to tweet out a happy birthday message even when the girl in question, named Sarah, said she was fine with the original response.
It’s something that Sasha believes the queens should put on a united front to deal with, and said: ‘Fundamentally you need to honour the audience that comes out and supports you.
‘Everyone has limits and I think sometimes the way performers are treated in clubs is not fair. So both sides are right.’
It’s something that Sasha struggles with themselves, and as they prepare to bring their Smoke and Mirrors tour to the UK in March, they admits hesitance to let fans down.
‘Even if I’m exhausted I will stop and do selfies with anyone,’ Sasha explained. ‘Sometimes at the end of the day, you do feel like “I’ve spent too much of my energy doing things I didn’t necessarily have to do”.
‘I did a small tour with Trinity [The Tuck Taylor] and in the meet and greet she’s like “ok next, get out of here, next person, get out of here, out of my way!” and people love it! That’s part of her personality and style.’
‘I admire her and people who can do that. It’s not for me, I’d get chucked out talking to people that way!,’ they laughed. ‘There’s so many different ways to treat people and as long as you’re consistent and it comes form a good place, people can tell.
‘Unfortunately a tiny video doesn’t demonstrate the whole picture. Maybe if it was just 10 seconds of that it looks crazy, but the bigger picture has people laughing.’
Smoke and Mirrors comes to the UK this March.
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