DWV, the beloved drag comedy trio made famous by catchy singles like “Boy Is A Bottom” and “Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A),” has officially broken up, and it doesn’t look amicable. The world is a cruel place.
The group was casually formed in 2012 after Willam Belli appeared on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, when Willam, along with best friends and West Hollywood drag staples Detox and Vicky Vox, recorded a music video parody of Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” to protest the anti-gay sentiment of fast food chain Chick-fil-A.
The group continued to create parody videos and perform together, packaging themselves as a threesome, even after Detox found solo fame on the following fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
As any successful drag trio would, the group has apparently disbanded over a series of passive-aggressive tweets, Reddit posts, Tumblr reblogs and Facebook updates. The whole saga is pretty daunting and quite confusing to follow, but luckily, drag bible site Dragaholic has it all laid out for easy consumption.
The trigger seems to be this Reddit post from last week, asking if the group had split up. Willam and Detox allegedly entered the message board and immediately began throwing shade and spilling the cun-tea, henny:
User ‘talbotthefox’ posed a question on Reddit asking if DWV had split up and reported that people involved in booking the RuPaul’s Drag Race girls in their city had in fact confirmed the break up.
Willam chimed in to the Reddit thread after a user said that a cryptic Facebook status shared by Detox seemed to be directed at Willam. Detox’s message read “Bearded snakes on the grass will always bite you in the ass. There’s a reason so many people hate working with you….”
Willam responded on Reddit to the possibility of it being about him by saying, “seems to be? I think it’s pretty clear. fuck. you don’t have to be inspector fuckin gadget to see that. lol. WILLAM p.s. she can state whatever she wants publicly. I’m cool. Don’t care. Personally, I am cool with her.”
Two hours after Detox’s Facebook status, Willam took to Facebook and posted another cryptic message that said, “Say my name, say my name. When no one is around you say baby i love you if you aint running game. Say my name, say my name…. We all know how they ended up, don’t we ;)”
Though Detox has confirmed that the group will continue performing together to satisfy their previously-booked engagements, these are the last few times they’ll appear as a group. She complained on Twitter about being “pigeonholed” in DWV:
Remember when I was a very popular and fun performer before I was pigeonholed into the "D" from "DWV"?!
— Detox (@TheOnlyDetox) May 28, 2014
In April, Willam revealed on Tumblr that she and Vox were both working on solo projects. So far, the only statement Vox has offered is this tweet:
@Frankistarr it was fun for a while. We are finishing our gigs and I'm going on my way.
— VICKY VOX (@TheVickyVox) June 13, 2014
As expected, Willam seems to have the final say:
We never planned stuff really and we just don’t have anything coming up. We were just friends putting songs out who then turned into DWV. I would think of something and then we’d round up and do it (exception- Chow Down we all thought of and Gaycation was De’s idea but we all wrote). We no longer have time to make stuff happen like we once did. That’s the reality of it. I think when people paid us to be the supergroup DWV for their own products, the ending result video wasn’t as whoreganic and fun as what we were known for.The last two years have been a whirlwind of unexpectedness that I wouldn’t trade for anything but I am looking forward to dealing with one tranimal instead of three for a while professionally. It’s just less variables and I’m a creative despot.
The probing gents over at WeHo Confidential seem to think the breakup is just a rouse to plug Vox’s upcoming stint on Drag Race season 7. We could only hope to be so lucky!
Best of luck to the ladies! You may no longer be a trio, but at least we’ll always have this solid gem: