The eagerly-awaited RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has just announced their fabulous ‘Brit Crew’ and people have mixed opinions on the line-up. The show, which is set to air on October 3 at 8pm local time on the BBC iPlayer, has already announced its queens, resident judges and a star-studded list of guest judges that will grace the small screen in the next month.
The ‘Brit Crew’ seems to be the final addition to the cast and many fans have taken to social media to express their excitement, while others are upset at the show’s seeming lack of diversity in the Pit Crew.
The new “Brit Crew” will take on the same responsibilities as their US counterparts across the pond, assisting Ru and the queens in challenges throughout the series while also providing some eye-candy for the competing girls and the audience alike. The five new members of the Drag Race family AJ, Archie, Ashraf, Matt and Mitch, expressed their excitement on their social media platforms.
Mitch took to his Instagram to enthusiastically share the good news alongside a picture of him and his fellow co-stars in the UK version of the classic Pit Crew boxer briefs, captioning the steamy stairwell pic; “OMFG WE CAN FINALLY SAY WE ARE THE BRIT CREW FOR @DRAGRACEUKBBC”
Many fans of the show were very happy with the new UK crew and commented on their delight on Instagram and Twitter.
— Shane Avery (@ShaneAvery) September 18, 2019
Have the one sitting in tiny red shorts sent to my room immediately!
— Amanda Jenkins (@froggygoggles) September 18, 2019
Although, not everyone was so impressed by the show’s choices for the crew, with many pointing out the exclusionary requirements of the men picked. The casting call for “Brit Crew” members put out by the “Talent Talks” agency stated the show was looking for “fit and attractive males aged 18-35” and that all applicants “must be over 6ft have no tattoos and have an athletic and toned physique.” Despite the outrage online and accusations of body-shaming, it appears that the show has not strayed from their original demands.
Where is the body diversity…?
— Jon Dexter (@JonMDexter) September 18, 2019
You somehow made me more lesbian
— 🌻𝓢𝓹𝓸𝓸𝓴𝔂🌻 (@SPOOKYPart3) September 18, 2019
Though the original US Pit Crew is comprised of stereotypically handsome men, it is slightly more diverse, allowing tattoos and not implementing such a strict height requirement. Despite the discourse surrounding the producer’s decisions online, many fans are hungrily awaiting the debut of the new ‘Brit Crew’.
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