Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season three have praised the remaining four queens highly for the conversation they had on the latest episode about consent, as they recalled times when they have been ‘touched’ and ‘groped’ while in drag.
While putting on their make-up in the Werk Room, Krystal Versace, Vanity Milan, Ella Vaday and Kitty Scott-Claus spoke about the way they’re treated when their working, with Krystal explaining that she finds travelling to gigs ‘f**king scary’.
‘Men want to touch me all the time when I’m out in drag. It’s definitely a massive deal. Those are the men I’ve struggled with growing up of keeping away from cause they’re f**king annoying,’ she said.
Kitty explained that she finds people often want to ‘grab’ her while she’s performing at drag brunches, as Ella added that she’s had the same experience.
Speaking in a VT, Ella said: ‘When I’m in a club, there are moments when people feel they can smack your bum, they can touch you anywhere they want.’
Vanity shared that a couple of times when she’s been in a club, ‘people are like, “Oh your padding is amazing,” and they’re touching my a**e and I’m like, “No, that’s not padding.”’
‘What’s made me really feel uncomfortable in drag is actually people touching,’ she added. ‘Groping a drag queen, groping a man, woman, anyone, whatever gender, it’s not right, period.’
Vanity shared her view that it’s like because people have paid for a ticket to an event, it’s as though they view the queens as ‘their product’.
Kitty shared that while meeting people is one of her favourite things about doing drag, there was one time that a girl touched her extremely inappropriately without her consent.
‘I love a chat, but this one time this one girl put her hands like in between my legs and started grabbing and it’s horrible. In no line of work is this ok,’ she said.
As the queens emphasised the importance of consent, Kitty added: ‘Yes, being in drag makes you feel powerful and amazing, but there is still a person under there. All we want is respect like everybody else.’
Several viewers commended the queens for having such a vital exchange, with one person tweeting: ‘Really important discussions tonight on #DragRaceUK about consent and especially consent in drag. Such bizarre behaviour. Our performers are people and deserve respect.’
‘The conversation on tonights #DragRaceUK was lit. I have done drag four or five times in public, and every single time, been touched by somebody without consent. Its never my padding either,’ someone else said.
Another fan wrote: ‘I will never understand why some people have an obsession with other people’s genitals, I’m so glad the queens are openly discussing consent and harassment.’
While in the Werk Room together, Ella and Vanity also opened up about experiencing homophobia while with their partners, with Vanity stating that she and her husband are not publicly affectionate with each other so as to avoid being targeted.
The end of the latest episode of Drag Race UK ended on an epic twist as next week’s semi-final approaches.
For their maxi challenge, the queens showed off their acting chops in Bra Wars, before taking a turn on the runway in their best scene stealer look.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK returns next Thursday at 7pm on BBC Three and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.