After an epic and controversial first season filled with unexpected twists, turns, and eliminations, the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs. The World is nigh!
Though nine queens from all over the world walked into the werk room to compete in the first-of-its-kind international Drag Race competition, only four queens made it this week's finale, and their hopes of nabbing the crown and bragging rights are just as high as ever.
Out chatted on Zoom with two of the four finalists — Mo Heart and Blu Hydrangea — about what the finale has in store, their incredible journeys in the Drag Race franchise so far, their Snatch Game performances, their strategy throughout the season, and more.
In the interview, Hydrangea opened up about how she has been dealing with the toxic side of the Drag Race fandom, especially in the aftermath of sending fan-favorite queen and Drag Race Thailand judge Pangina Heals home after winning a lip sync against fellow finalist Baga Chipz.
"Because I'm a skinny, white, twink drag queen, I have gotten off so lucky, because as a person of color on Drag Race, they get hate just for being there. I've been so lucky," she tells Out. "Honestly, that's something I've been really seeing the past two weeks is how toxic the fans can be. And they're not only toxic, but they're also racist. As you said earlier about how much hate Pangina got for sending Jimbo home, I think it was double the amount of hate I got for sending her [Pangina] home, and it's just because of the color of her skin, which really, truly shows you how despicable some of these fans can be."
She continued: "I think it just ruins something that's so good because Drag Race is such a positive thing for so many people, it brings out incredible stories, it's all about being fun and showcasing people's art, but there's a select few people who are really just wanna make that a negative thing. I don't think there's a way to stop it, but maybe there will be some way in the future for queens to be able to deal with it better. Maybe like therapy for drag queens."
RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs. The World is streaming on WOW Presents Plus.