RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Cheryl Hole has urged trolls to keep their nasty opinions to themselves and to think before posting horrible comments.
Last week’s episode of the beloved competition series saw semi-finalist Lawrence Chaney was forced off Twitter after clashing with fellow contestant Ellie Diamond over the running order of the stand-up comedy contest.
Before that, Sister Sister called for people to ‘be kind’ after being inundated with ‘shocking and incredibly painful’ comments by furious keyboard warriors.
Drag Race alum Cheryl has reminded viewers that each episode condenses hours worth of footage and not to be so judgemental.
‘Don’t base everything off a 60-minute episode,’ she exclusively told Metro.co.uk. ‘If you don’t like somebody, stop it, don’t mention it. You’re entitled to your own opinion. Just don’t be an ars*hole about it and @ reply them and tell them.
‘What you’re doing is you just want attention and you just want your voice to be that attacking thing.’
She continued: ‘I think people need to realise that yes we’re on TV but we’re not made of lead, we’re not made of armor, we are human beings.
‘There are only so many shots we can take before it starts to hurt. I think people need to realise we’re making an entertaining TV show and putting our craft out there.’
Cheryl fell victim to trolling when she appeared in Drag Race last year.
‘I had it in episode two when everybody came at me,’ she recalled. ‘One person said, “Oh Cheryl is being fake”, and then they all go, “What a fake ass bitch”.
‘It was tough to have the comments coming through. It’s all well and good going, “Don’t read the comments, don’t read the comments”, but when it’s all over your socials, what do you do?’
Cheryl added that she’s a big fan of using the block and mute buttons, but she’s also not afraid of speaking up when the abuse gets out of control.
‘The mute button means they can yabber on until they have nothing more to say,’ she added.
‘They don’t even know they’re talking to a brick wall. It’s so good for your mental state because it stops that negativity seeping in and breaking you down.’
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK continues tonight at 7pm on BBC iPlayer.