RuPaul’s Drag Race season two aired seven years ago if you can believe it, but winner Tyra Sanchez is making headlines ahead of tonight’s season 9 finale for speaking out against some of the show’s fervent fans.
Specifically, the racism she’s encountered as a high-profile member of the Drag Race sorority.
In a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ interview in the RuPaul’s Drag Race Drama sub, Tyra didn’t hold back her feelings.
“[The biggest change is] the fans are psychotic,” she said.
“White queens are always the favorite. Black queens deserve hateful tweets. Queens should be stoned or tarred and feathered even if they deserved the win. ie.: Nina Bonina Brown or me.”
She was also asked if she thought she’d be received differently for winning a later season rather than the second. “The same. Black,” she said.
A commenter pointed out that Tyra may be trying to have it both ways — she once told fans to “kill yourself” on Twitter. Still, other queens have taken similar missteps and haven’t been vilified to the same degree.
“I think I’m treated unfairly from the get go,” Tyra said.
“Kill yourself just elevated it more. Yes I believe it has to do with race.”
In a now-deleted follow-up tweet, she wrote: “I have no sympathy for people that commit suicide. They’re cowards. They give up & give in. Stop tweeting me about it.”
Ultimately, she wants fans to remember the fact that the show is just that — a show.
“Yeah Ru sees everything and she knows you’re just making her show better, but the immature fans can’t see past their damn TV screens,” she said.
Her closing argument is tough to argue with:
“My dick is tucked between my ass cheeks and my balls are in my stomach and you have the nerve to take this that damn serious! Girl sometimes I don’t even wear nails. IT AIN’T THAT SERIOUS.”
Earlier this month, RuPaul urged fans to show Tyra some love in a video Tyra uploaded to Instagram: