Drag Race UK star Charity Kase was criticised for racist tweets (Picture: BBC/World of Wonder/Ray Burmiston)
Drag queen Charity Kase, who is to appear in the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, has released an apology for some historic racist tweets.
Earlier in the week 24-year-old came under fire when fans of the show unearthed posts on her social media in which she used racist slurs and had been cultural appropriation.
In a statement she posted on Twitter this week, the performer said: ‘Today some tweets surfaced from eight years ago which consist of me using disgusting and offensive language in a casual and colloquial way.
‘I was 16 and uneducated at the time, unaware of cultural misappropriation and the impact of my use of language.’
Charity Kase continued saying: ‘I totally accept that this doesn’t excuse my behaviour. I want you to know how deeply sorry I am. I am not that same young boy today.
‘I take full responsibility for these unacceptable tweets, and I hope you can understand that they do not represent me now or what I stand for today,’ continued the London based queen.
Charity Kase is still going to appear in season 3 of Drag Race UK (Picture: Instagram @charitykase)
‘Seeing them again has left me ashamed of myself. I want to apologise unequivocally to my fans, who are disappointed and offended by me, and in particular to anyone whom I may have caused any form of trauma.
‘Please forgive me. I have changed and grown and am committed to growing further to using the platform and privilege I have to amplify the voices of people of colour,’ read her statement.
Fans of the BBC Three reality show had a mixed response to Charity Kase’s apology, with some saying that age does not excuse racist behaviour while others accepted the queen was genuinely sorry.
Fellow drag queen Crystal, who appeared on season one of the UK spin-off show, also shared a tweet expressing her opinion, writing: ‘People should not be judged for things they said on the internet when they were a child.’
Charity Kase addressed racist comments she made at the age of 16 (Picture: Instagram @charitykase)
This is not the first time a Drag Race contestant has come under fire for racist behaviour.
Earlier this year, Drag Race Down Under star Scarlet Adam was called out by fellow Australian queen Felicia Foxx for performing in blackface.
Also on the Australian version of the show, Karen From Finance received criticism for having a tattoo of a Golliwog, an anti-black caricature.
The upcoming season of Drag Race UK has already been met with ample criticism for its lack of diversity, only featuring one black queen among its 12 contestants.
The series is also establishing a first in the franchise having a cis-woman compete for the first time.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be back in September with season 3.
Credit: Original article published here.