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The internet has a lot of thoughts on the line-up for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Reiss Smith August 21, 2019
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Baga Chipz caught up with PinkNews from lockdown. (BBC)

It just wouldn’t be a new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race without the internet throwing shade, would it?

The BBC has finally announced which 10 queens will enter the werk room for the first time in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Among the queens competing to become Britain’s first drag superstar are Baga Chipz, a cabaret queen from London, Blu Hydrangea, a Belfast queen who describes her look as a “GCSE art project”, and Crystal, a British-Canadian “gender bending, ‘mess with your brain’ kinda drag queen”.

Joining them are Cheryl Hole, an Essex queen who calls herself a lip sync assassin, Gothy Kendoll, a 21-year-old fashion graduate from Leicester, and ex-All Together Now judge Divina De Campo, from Yorkshire.

Completing the line-up is Sum Ting Wong, a singing queen from Birmingham, bedroom queen Scaredy Kat, Drag Race’s youngest-ever contestant at 20-years-old, The Vivienne, who describes her look as “scouse wife”, and former Everybody’s Talking About Jamie actor Vinegar Strokes.

As the first images of the RuPaul’s Drag Race UK queens were released, Twitter users were quick to throw shade.

Some were surprised by how polished the queens looked.

Others had deeper concerns about the gender and racial diversity of the cast.

Much of the conversation surrounded one of the contestant’s politics, after it emerged that Baga Chipz lent her support to the Tories on the eve of the 2017 general election.

Related topics: Drag Race UK, RuPaul's Drag Race

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