Sherry Pie, the second queen in RuPaul's Drag Race history to be disqualified on the show, seems to be making her return to drag. After reports surfaced that Pie corresponded with at least eight up and coming actors, and convinced them to send photos and videos, sometimes sexual in nature, as well as take steroids, under the fake name Allison Mossey, the competitor was disqualified and practically edited out of season 12 of the show. The announcement by VH1, ahead of Pie's onscreen debut, marked the first time that a competitor in franchise history was disqualified before their Werk Room entrance.
Pie was not allowed to appear at the reunion or compete in the finale.
"Coming back to socials has me gagging," she wrote on a post Friday. In it, Pie appears in drag as a clown with hashtags like camp, comedy, rebirth, fresh, and mental health. The performer also wrote a message on her Instagram Stories. There, she indicated the clown look was in line with April Fools Day.
"Hey all," she wrote. "I want to say thanks so much for the positivity. Returning to social medias is a large step in my mental health journey and this decision was not made lightly. It has been made easier by those who have stood by me as I learn and grow.
"I really appreciate your patience and the opportunity to share my art," she continued. "I am doing this for myself and for those who appreciate this. I understand that this will make some upset or angry. It's ok to be upset and feel what you feel. I can only say I am a flawed human being doing my best to be a better person.
"I'm a work in progress," she finished. "Thank you."
In 2021, a year after the allegations first surfaced, and Pie wrote an apology and subsequently disappeared from public view, the performer made an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show out of drag. As Joey Gugliemelli, they spoke to Hall about the backlash and what they had done. Hall received backlash for the appearance and for not centering the voices of the survivors.
At the time, a return to performance seemed imminent. Ahead of the Hall interview, Pie's website went live and reports surfaced that she had been testing new material at a few performances in upstate New York in towns like Beacon. Pie had previously claimed that they had done no performances and said that they "wouldn't come back right now."
At the time, Ben Shimkus, the first survivor to come forward, wrote an op-ed for Out. "I'm not here to say that Gugliemelli should never work again: redemption for Joey is possible, and I hope he finds it," they wrote. "But Sherry Pie, the made up drag persona that propelled him to national prominence should not be resuscitated. The producers of Drag Race did something right when they edited her out of the season's episodes."
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