RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars spoilers reveal that contestant Gia Gunn might be throwing show creator RuPaul Charles under the bus. It looks like his earlier comments on transgender competitors could be a sticking point. Ousted queen Gia Gunn spilled some tea on Twitter. Gunn isn’t turning her back on the popular reality series. However, fans speculate that Gunn is ribbing Mama Ru over transphobic comments from 2017.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Spoilers – RuPaul Charles Served Tea by Gia Gunn
Gia Gunn, known as one of the transgender contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, took to Twitter to release some epic shade.”Dear World of Wonder, thanks for the early Christmas gift. You really shouldn’t have. Xoxo, your villain,” Gunn tweeted in reference to his production company.
During a recent gig at San Jose’s Splash Video Bar, Gunn apparently threw down the drag gauntlet. After relinquishing a multi-colored fur coat for bejeweled tassels and a barely there genital covering, Gia Gunn underscored her ‘Proud Villain’ role. She called RuPaul Charles “ignorant” for a previous decree on transgender contestants.
Dear @WorldOfWonder Thanks for the EARLY Christmas gift ?? You really shouldn’t have! Xoxo, your villain ?
— Gia Gunn (@GiaGunn) December 25, 2018
Transphobic Comments Still Alive
Consider your run-of-the-mill drag herstory. Ru came up through the Atlanta and downtown New York scenes, the kind of punk rock drag which eschewed mainstream respectability. Since then, RuPaul’s Drag Race has cemented that genre into a cultural force.
As fans of his know, the queen has talked about the rising transgender presence in the past. Specifically, the first openly transgender RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Peppermint was mentioned. While Peppermint landed breast implants and a Broadway gig after the VH1 competition, he vouched that Peppermint identified as a woman without the surgery enhancements. Trans activists felt that those comments reduced transgender people to surgery.
At the time, the millennial Twitter reaction was swift. Out magazine labeled his views as “antiquated” with an added focus on the remarks about surgery. Many transgender drag performers felt shunned and hearkened back to the RuPaul’s Drag Race controversy involving ‘She-Mail.’
— Travis (@LFordTravis) January 5, 2019
RuPaul’s Drag Race Star Backtracks
Ru walked back the comments and extended an olive branch by including Gia Gunn and Sonique in later VH1 RuPaul’s Drag Race iterations. For what it’s worth, Gunn dropped hints on Twitter at more behind-the-scenes tea spilling to crop up on her YouTube channel before New Year’s Eve. It looks like Gia Gunn is just getting started at revamping her dismal tenth place finish. Be sure to watch All Stars Friday nights at 8 pm on VH1.
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