Canada’s Drag Race winner Priyanka called out a racial bias from the fans who overwhelmingly follow white queens more than POC queens.
Canada’s Drag Race winner Priyanka called out the social media bias among the RuPaul’s Drag Race fans. A huge part of the appeal of applying to be on Drag Race is for these queens to gain mainstream exposure. Gaining social media followers can help boost a queen’s ability to book gigs.
Priyanka won the first season of the franchise’s Canadian spin-off Canada’s Drag Race. The inaugural winner had a bumpy and non-traditional road to the finish line, lip syncing twice on the show. Alas, she won over the judges and the fans with her amazing attitude and unbeatable sense of humor. On the other hand, Canada’s First Drag Race Superstar was not laughing when she noticed a shocking pattern on social media.
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Priyanka shared four photos in a tweet (seen below) of different Drag Race contestants’ IG profiles. The queens used as examples were RuPaul’s Drag Race winners Symone and Jaida Essence Hall in comparison to their respective season’s finalists Gottmik and Gigi Goode. Gottmik and Gigi Goode have 1 million and 1.2 million followers, respectively. In turn, however, Symone and Jaida Essence Hall only accumulated 891,000 and 849,000 followers, respectively. Symone and Jaida are both Black queens who won their seasons, while Gottmik and Gigi are white queens that made it to the finale. “We keep representing and supporting and making the intention love, light and entertainment” tweeted Priyanka, referring to her fellow queens of color. “This is a sad reality of how white people are more popular in mainstream media”.
we keep representing and supporting and making the intention love, light and entertainment. This is a sad reality of how white people are more popular in mainstream media but don’t worry the POC’s fight and hustle because that’s what we do! https://t.co/3levL1yYxp
— hi it’s me priyanka (@thequeenpri) May 21, 2021
The popularity of white queens over their POC counterparts has been a topic of discussion amongst the fandom of RuPaul’s Drag Race for many years. Priyanka assured fans that the queens of color would thrive despite an unfortunate but obvious bias. “Don’t worry,” inspired the star, “the POC’s [will] fight and hustle because that’s what we do.” Many fans seemed to agree with her statement.
“It sucks that we can be doing the 10 times most and only be recognized for half of it,” commented one Twitter user. “Someone had to say it,” echoed another fan. One commenter pointed out that there is also a significant follower margin between other drag queens of color and their fellow co-stars, which was even more jarring. Brooke Lynn Hytes and A’keria Chanel Davenport from season 11, as well as Aquaria and Asia O’Hara from season 10, were used as examples here. Brooke has 1.2 million followers, while A’keria only has 267,000. Aquaria has 1.7 million, while Asia only has 551,000 followers.
Casting for Canada’s Drag Race season 2 was officially opened in January 2021. However, a premiere date has yet to be announced. The only thing known about the sophomore season is that the judging panel will have a noticeable switch-up. Here’s to hoping that the fans will openly support the queens on social media regardless of their race.
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Source: Priyanka on Twitter
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