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Aquaria Has Some Harsh Words for the 'Drag Race' Season 11 Cast Reveal

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If you weren’t feeling the season 11 cast reveal, don’t worry you weren’t the only one.

RuPaul’s Drag Race fans who tuned into the official season 11 livestream cast reveal on YouTube have been very vocal about their frustrations with the special, particularly its lighting and design, low production value, and all around cringe-worthiness of the reveal itself. Even season 9 queen Alexis Michelle tweeted something snarky about the lighting situation, which didn’t show off the queens as well as it should have.

But it turns out the biggest criticism of the special came from the show’s host and season 10 winner Aquaria, who, shortly after the special finished, tweeted out that she had major problems with the production and the fandom.

“That reveal was very telling,” she tweeted. “One, that the *fans* of this show are extremely racist (among many other means of heinously judgmental) and also that someone at vh1 HATES my guts and wants me to show up to the s11 finale without an ounce of dignity left in my body.”

Though the live stream comments are now gone, the show’s fandom does have a history of extremely racist comments, especially toward Black queens.

In a subsequent tweet, Aquaria criticized the show’s format, saying the producers designed the show in way where she was only there to humiliate contestants. After a short interview with Olympic skater Adam Rippon, contestants joined Aquaria to play party games like flip cup or try to eat a cookie off their face without using their hands. 

“Also pretty sad that my only role was to embarrass every single contestant versus uplifting them and myself and showing the world about the art of drag, but there’s plenty of time to do that this year I suppose,” she said.

Making light of the situation, Aquaria referenced Latrice Royale’s All Stars 4 line about All Stars 1 amnesia and said that the whole thing was better left forgotten.

Several of the queens on Drag Race’s 11th season turned out to be drag family of previous contestants, including A’Keria C. Davenport, Honey Davenport, Kahanna Montrese, Plastique Tiara and, of course, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.

Though VH1 has revealed the upcoming season’s queens, it has yet to reveal when it will begin to air.

Related | Here Is the Official List of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 11 Queens

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