Drag Race star Aquaria, whose real name is Giovanni Palandrani, has slammed Theresa May and her ‘policies’ after she admitted to not watching the series.
Theresa May mentioned the VH1 reality competition in response to news that she had sent a letter with a signed photograph to Amber Dextris.
Dextrix, whose real name is Ben Tye, was a participant in Miss Drag UK, a charity drag pageant that supports the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (Sands).
He said he was in “disbelief” when he received a letter of support from the Prime Minister wishing him luck in an upcoming charity pageant.
Earlier today, a Twitter user asked if the Prime Minister was a fan of the Emmy Award-winning show, to which she responded: “Must admit I haven’t had a chance to catch up on @RuPaulsDragRace but wishing Ben all the best in raising money for a great cause @SandsUK.”
Shortly after, season ten champion Aquaria made it clear that she doesn’t want the politician wanting the show.
“Honestly thanks for the support but no thanks,” she tweeted. “Get your policies together and then feel comfortable enjoying our art. Mess.”
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) February 28, 2019
Honestly thanks for the support but no thanks. Get your policies together and then feel comfortable enjoying our art. Mess.
— Aquaria (@aquariaofficial) February 28, 2019
Theresa May’s message has caused mass confusion on Twitter, where some wondered: “What the f**k is going on?”
One user quipped: “Theresa, on the runway you were indeed strong and stable. But in the Brexit Challenge, you were Troy-ble.”
Others speculated on which Drag Race contestants May would have supported, with one fan writing: “My bet is she stopped in protest when Katya didn’t win S7.”
However, Tye said he appreciated the Prime Minister’s show of support.
“I think it’s amazing she’s finally showing support for the LGBT community, I know it’s been a touchy subject with politics recently,” he said.
“I think more education on LGBT should be given and there’s always room for improvement on rights but she’s going in the right direction.”
Tye added that many of the replies to May’s post referred to Brexit and said: “this is completely unrelated”.
Tye will compete at Miss Drag UK on March 10, which sees drag queens tested through four rounds, an interview, and two catwalks.
Competitors are judged on a variety of criteria including their look and the amount they were able to fundraise for the charity, with three crowns up for grabs including the top accolade of Miss Drag UK.
“I started off not really knowing what I was getting myself into but now it’s become everything I think about,” Tye said.
“I’m so excited for the pageant, there are some amazing queens involved and even if I don’t win, I get to meet some fabulous people.”
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