Amid the intensifying public debacle of the apparent “Branjie Showmance,” one queen criticized and called out the toxic Drag Race fandom for double standards against plus-sized queens.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race fandom is probably one of the most passionate and collected subcultures in the mainstream nowadays. Many have criticized the fandom for toxicity and apparent racism that exists among the people who support the show.
The entire controversy with Nina West, a plus-sized queen in RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11, started when she and another plus-sized queen, Silky Nutmeg Ganache kissed each other jokingly in the fifth episode of the season.
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The competing queens were discussing the romance that was happening between Miss Vanjie, the comeback queen from Season 10 and Brooke Lynn Hytes, the first Canadian drag queen to be in the show, when Silky Nutmeg Ganache said:
“My man left me, but I’m working on another one.”
She turned around and sneakily stared at Nina West as if suggesting that Nina was the “another one.”
Nina West leaned in, and the two big girls kissed.
It was a joke that pertains to Miss Vanjie and Brooke Lynn’s numerous kissing scenes in the show that got people thinking of what is going on between the two. The Nina-Silky kiss immediately invoked reactions online, with some fans commenting how “hot” the kiss was. However, some people expressed how disgusted they were with the scene.
Following the release of the sneak peek video, Nina posted the kissing clip on her Instagram where one user commented with: “Ew. Gross. No.”
Another user responded with how cute Nina was but threw shade on Silky saying she is “disgusting, especially her personality.”
NINA WEST RESPONDS
The adverse reactions against the two plus-sized queens triggered a response from both Nina and Silky, as well as other queens. On her official Twitter account, Nina West said she was “perplexed” by the reaction of people in the kissing clip of her and Silky.
“Wait! Wait! Wait! I am a little perplexed as to why my kissing [Silky Nutmeg Ganache] is seen as gross or disgusting? What’s the tea, Christine? What’s the tea?” she added.
Nina used the hashtag “#DoubleStandards” to point out the apparent double standards plus-sized queens bear in the things that they do. Undoubtedly, this is primarily pointing out the positive reactions that the many kissing scenes of Brooke Lynn and Vanjie are getting.
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One can assume that the negative reactions against Nina and Silky are brought about by the fact that they are not as good looking as Vanjie and Brooke.
Brooke Lynn addressed the issue by replying to Nina’s tweet saying: “I thought it was kinda hot. [eggplant emoji]”
In the same tweet, Silky Nutmeg Ganache responded and questioned why the two plus-sized hunks were slammed for kissing on TV and saying that’s she’s nonetheless sexy.
“Two plus size hunk don’t deserve love? That’s how the community has made me feel for so long. But f*ck y’all. I’m just as sexy as any other hoe.”
The show’s fandom has since then shown a high amount of body shaming against plus-sized queens in the show.
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Previously, the show has seen fat shaming and body negativity against queens with bigger sizes. In season 2, the competing queens have been very vocal with their fat shaming of the then contestant Mystique Summers. In one of the more heartfelt moments, Mystique voiced a short confessional after overhearing Raven and Morgan McMichaels joking in the werk room about how she ‘threw fried food down her throat’ during the week’s mini challenge: “People think words don’t hurt because they’re just words, but when you hear them every day… F*ck everybody else.”
Nonetheless, many big girls have capitalized on their body size in their entire career.
Roxxxy Andrews, top four from the fifth season and All-Stars 2, has built her brand around being ‘thick and juicy’ as she accentuates her curves perfectly every time she walks down the runway. Similarly, Latrice Royale from Season 4 and All-Stars 1 and 4, built a career with her ‘large and in-charge’ catchphrase. In Season 10, being a big girl was part of Kalorie Karbdasian’s ethos as a queen. Eureka O’Hara and Darienne Lake call themselves as the “Elephant Queens.” /apr