Lawrence Chaney, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 2, has slammed trolls who came for series 3 star Victoria Scone, saying she wants them to ‘admit they’re misogynists’.
Last month, the line-up for Drag Race UK series 3 was officially announced, with Victoria making Drag Race her-story by becoming the first cisgender woman to ever take part in the competition.
While numerous fans expressed their excitement over Victoria being cast, some people criticised her involvement, prompting the drag queen to release a statement on social media hitting back at trolls.
Lawrence, a supporter and close friend of Victoria, spoke to Metro.co.uk about the trolling Victoria has experienced since being announced as a star of the show, stating that in her opinion, the naysayers need to admit what the root of their disgruntlement is really about.
The performer recalled the reaction that some Drag Race viewers had when she won the show earlier this year, as she found that when you ‘dig beneath the surface’, the real reason why some disliked the final result was ‘because I’m fat’ or ‘because they just don’t like me’.
‘With Victoria Scone, I just want these trolls to admit that they’re misogynists. That’s truly what I want them to admit, because I’m sorry, how can it ever be wrong for a show to be more inclusive? How?’ Lawrence said.
‘When you go to a drag bar, a drag show, a queer club, it is not just men in wigs at these clubs. There’s trans women, trans men, non-binary people, women, straight women, lesbians, bisexual people. It is not just a gay man stereotypically that is there.’
Lawrence explained that ‘a lot of the debate’ among those critical of Victoria’s inclusion is over the fact that when the series three cast was announced, some people thought that Victoria was straight.
‘And it’s like no, Victoria is a lesbian, so she’s part of the LGBT+ commnunity, but also if she was straight, that would still be fine, because drag is an artform. Can only men paint nice pictures? No. Anyone can,’ she stated.
As for critics of Victoria’s casting who stressed that drag is ‘all about the transformation’, Lawrence emphasised the incredible transformation that Victoria undergoes for her drag, as in real life, Victoria doesn’t wear make-up, while in drag, she ‘comes out with huge eyelashes, big winged eyeliner, a huge wig, corseted and padded’.
‘I think this is the right time and I think her shaking up the world is what we needed right now, because when you look back at drag at its roots, drag is meant to shake it up. Drag isn’t meant to be normal,’ Lawrence said. ‘Drag’s a rebellion.’
It’s been six months since Lawrence was announced as the winner of Drag Race UK series two, and – as one can imagine – it’s been quite a whirlwind.
Lawrence’s latest venture involves a campaign with Samsung KX called Lawrence Chaney: Unfolded, a three-part online series which sees the drag queen share 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.
Lawrence said that she felt ‘really shocked’ that a company as big as Samsung ‘would acknowledge that drag is such a good way of pushing forward their message’.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3 is due to launch this month on BBC Three.
Credit: Original article published here.