RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 2 winner Lawrence Chaney has addressed the backlash the series 3 line-up has received over its lack of diversity, after it was revealed that only one Black queen has been cast in the competition.
Last month, Drag Race fans finally found out who would be competing in the new series, with the stars including the likes of Victoria Scone, the first cisgender woman ever to take part in the franchise, and Veronica Green, who was forced to exit the previous series due to Covid-19.
Several fans slammed the show after learning that Vanity Milan from South London, who describes herself as ‘sophisticated, sexy and savage’, is the only Black queen to be cast in the new series.
During a recent conversation with Metro.co.uk, Lawrence addressed the backlash over series three’s lack of diversity, stressing that ‘we need more visibly Black people on television’.
Lawrence said that the third series of the UK show ‘is diverse in a different form’, due to the inclusion of competitors including River Medway, who is half Singaporean, and Anubis Finch, who has Egyptian heritage.
‘So there is diversity, but the problem is I think what we need – and especially speaking to some of my Black friends and some of my POC friends – is we need more visibly Black people on television,’ she said.
‘Like I said, how can more inclusion ever be a bad thing? So I think that’s the main thing to ring through.’
The drag queen believes that Vanity is going to do a stellar job on the show, saying: ‘I think Vanity Milan is amazing so I think she’s going to absolutely slay the competition.’
Lawrence recalled what it was like for her when she was younger, when she saw someone on TV who was plus-size who she could relate to and make her feel ‘less like an outsider’.
‘So I think we need to focus on giving the spotlight to more POC and Black voices I think,’ she added.
When the line-up for Drag Race series three was announced, several fans expressed their excitement, while also pointing out the lack of diversity in the cast.
‘This new Drag Race UK cast is looking very…. white. All the queens look great, but where’s the diversity?’ one person tweeted.
‘Not Drag Race UK giving us the first AFAB queen but the racial diversity being a state,’ another remarked.
This week, it was confirmed that Drag Race UK is set to return on Thursday September 23.
The launch of the new series marks just over six months since Lawrence was crowned the most recent winner, with the performer’s latest venture seeing her team up with Samsung KX to launch a three-part series called Lawrence Chaney: Unfolded.
The online series involves Lawrence sharing her top tips on multitasking to mark the launch of the new Digital DNA test, supported by Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 and Z Fold3 phones.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3 is due to launch on Thursday September 23 on BBC Three.
Credit: Original article published here.