Drag Race UK’s Ellie Diamond speaks about the series 3 cast (Picture: Ray Burmiston/BBC/World of Wonder)
Drag Race UK’s Ellie Diamond is one of several past contestants who have spoken out after the cast for the new series was released.
Fans of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK were thrilled to see the show would soon return as a line-up for the third season of the franchise was confirmed yesterday.
However, many were less than impressed by the lack of diversity the new cast had to offer.
There was soon a backlash on social media after it emerged only one Black contestant, Vanity Milan, is set to appear, as well as River Medway, who is half Singaporean.
It wasn’t long before many of the popular show’s previous contestants weighed in on the news.
Ellie Diamond, 22, who came fourth last year, put out a statement on Thursday morning to put her support behind the QPOC (Queer People of Colour) community.
She firstly apologised to her fans for ‘not speaking out sooner’ before carrying on with her statement.
Ellie Diamond came fourth in the second season of Drag Race UK (Picture: BBC)
Ellie continued: ‘Although I am ecstatic to see a cis woman on the show, it does feel bittersweet that a lot of incredible QPOC drag artists in this country have been overlooked this season.
‘The UK has a long history of racism and in our community, we should be making every effort to dismantle all forms of racism and make this a kind and accepting place for everyone.’
The Dundee-based queen went on urge Drag Race and its fans to ‘uplift and listen to QPOC voices.’
The line-up has been criticised for a ‘lack of diversity’ (Credits: BBC/World of Wonder/Ray Burmiston)
She concluded the statement by adding: ‘I am sending all my love to my new sisters, especially those who have experienced racism and I want to welcome you with open arms to our family.’
Ellie finished the post by adding recommendations of accounts for fans to follow to help educate themselves more.
Other contestants who made their views clear included Tayce, who was a runner-up in season two.
She said: ‘I’m so proud to see so many familiar faces and excited to get to know the unfamiliar.
‘With that being said, I’m a little taken aback but the lack of diversity that’s been casted, especially as I personally know so many poc, trans and afab (assigned female at birth) performers (sic).
Tayce went on to add: ‘Hopefully things will improve and for now, I wish nothing but the best for the s3 girls, you deserve all the love today.’
This season will also feature the franchise’s first ever cis woman contestant, Victoria Scone, who is set to make Drag Race herstory.
And there will be a familiar face to fans as Veronica Green – who was forced to make an early exit last year due to Covid – will be back to start up her engine once more.
Credit: Original article published here.