Baga Chipz asks fans to ‘be kind’ after shading her own mother on Drag Race UK
Drag Race UK finalist Baga Chipz was forced to defend herself after fans criticised her shady comments towards her own mother.
Drag Race UK turned Modern Family this week, as the queens were tasked with making over their sisters and mothers for the penultimate challenge of the series.
For Baga Chipz, that meant transforming her mother Jo into her drag daughter Sacka Spudz.
This caused issues for the West Bromwich-born queen, who was criticised by the judges for making herself look “much betta” than her mother.
“I would have liked your mum to have looked as sexy and sassy as you did,” said judge Alan Carr.
“You look like you’re going to a posh lunch, whereas she looks like she’s going trick-or-treating.”
Defending her outfit choices, Baga hit back: “It’s really hard to dress a woman of a certain age. She doesn’t want to show her legs. She’s got a bit of a tum. You know what I mean?”
“We celebrate that tum,” Michelle Visage interjected, before accusing Baga of “throwing her [mum] out there”.
Backstage, the queens rallied around Jo.
“I think you owe your mother an apology,” The Vivienne said.
“I know I haven’t upset you but if I have I’m sorry,” Baga told a teary Jo. “I wasn’t slagging you off, you’re just a shy person. You should be proud of yourself.”
On Twitter, viewers were divided over Baga’s choice of words.
The way Baga Chipz spoke to his Mum was appalling.
Ultimately, the ONLY reason I wanted Baga Chipz to win the lip sync is because of how bad his Mum would have felt if she thought she was the reason he was sent home!
— Piquant (@piquancy_) November 15, 2019
Baga clearly worded what she meant wrong!! Her mum didnt want to look a certain way and she honoured that! She was clearly caught of gaurd and panicked and tried to explain.
theres a massive pressure in that situation and you can end up waffling all sorts of shit.. #DragRaceUk
— Planet Zac (@PlanetZac) November 15, 2019
Baga to everyone: You’re making me look like a right cow.
— Samuel Bailey (@SamuelJB26) November 14, 2019
I know everyone is saying that Baga was shit to her mum & it wasn’t good, but the more I think about it, we shouldn’t judge
She said at the beginning that she doesn’t see her mum a lot & there is clearly tension. I sort of get that relationship & can see how it would be awkward pic.twitter.com/Uk99GSJVAp
— 🎅🏻🎄Craig 🎄🎅🏻 (@Harris3thatsme) November 15, 2019
The way Baga spoke about her mum got me like:
Saying that, no one knows their relationship so that might just be how they are, so please don’t make a mountain out of a molehill 🙃 Baga and her mum both looked like they were enjoying themselves and that’s the point #DragRaceUK pic.twitter.com/ql0I79jQbb
— John ~ Golden Deer 💛🦌 SPOOPY SEASON 🕸🎃 (@jrxpreston1804) November 14, 2019
Roxxy’s mum left her at the bus stop; Baga threw her mum under the bus #DragRaceUK
— Danny (@shckldg) November 14, 2019
In her confessional, Baga explained herself, saying: “I wasn’t disrespecting my mum. Nobody knows the relationship we’ve got. They’re just presuming.
“They’ve known my mum for what, a day, and they think they know her more than me and that’s not the case. Me and my mum laugh at all that stuff.”
After the episode aired, she took to Twitter to defend herself further.
“No one knows my life story,” she tweeted. “I’m not a victim but it’s been hard. Be kind.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK concludes on Thursday on BBC iPlayer.