Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race have always been a passionate bunch. Since the soft-focus days of a fledgling season one, viewers have been vocal about their favorite queens and supportive over social media. But, as is a trend across the entire internet, over the recent years this enthusiasm for the show has begun toeing and crossing the line into cyber bullying territory, with some fans lashing out at other contestants when they're favorite queens lose a challenge or are sent home.
All Stars 3 power player and perpetual Miss Congeniality BenDeLaCreme addressed the viewers of Drag Race in a thoughtful, well-written Facebook post that anyone who considers themselves a fan of the show should read.
"You may have noticed that I have not yet congratulated the winner of All Stars 3. Or weighed in on the final episode at all. In fact, I've steered clear of social media for the last week," DeLa wrote. "Not because I have nothing to say, but because I have discovered that anything I say will lead to an attack from a small but vocal minority of 'fans' who have been using social media to harass and bully the queens."
DeLa goes on to detail the way she was feeling during All Stars 3 along with common misconceptions that fans have. "I'm disappointed with those who can't see through the smoke and mirrors to the heart of drag, which is a message of love and inclusivity. Our culture has embraced bloodlust, and for some, reality TV has become our coliseum," she wrote. "I'd like to think that there are more people, like me, who love the part of this show that allows us to see amazing people do amazing things."
In closing, DeLa wrote: "Congratulations to the real fans - the ones who actually show love and support. You will always be a part of this family. You will always be loved and appreciated. And by giving, receiving and sharing that love, you will always know what it means to 'win.'" Read the kind, necessary post in full below.