Lawrence Chaney has come out in support of Victoria Scone. (BBC Three/Instagram/@victoriascone)
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Lawrence Chaney has eviscerated critics daring to take aim at the first cis woman competing in the franchise’s 12-year-long history.
Daniel Pérez, a long-standing fan of the show whose Twitter bio states he is “if cringe was a person”, responded to Scone’s casting with a seven-minute-long YouTube video where he outlines his “issues”.
“I guess next week my mum can join Drag Race,” Pérez joked in the description.
Among his grievances, how “a white cisgender woman on a show catered for the LGBT” will “take another spot from a guy who doesn’t get opportunities”.
And as season two winner Lawrence Chaney was quick to point out, Scone is, by the way, a lesbian.
The way my blood is boiling so I had to comment pic.twitter.com/ib9EqD5byB
— Lawrence Chaney (@ShadyLawrence) August 19, 2021
“She’s literally part of our community!” the Scottish queen wrote in the comment section. “She’s been subject to a lot of misogyny in the drag community.
“Women are seen as less than in so many social situations, so trust me, I’m so happy she is on Drag Race UK. ”
Chaney then slammed Pérez as an “ignorant idiot” before adding: “In the UK, there are very few lesbians in the public eye and on TV.
“Vic is going to change the world and show a new audience that they can not only do drag but they are valid.”
Reflecting on how drag is not simply female impersonation, she added: “It is an art form and this art form is not exclusive to gay men.
“Women raised me, I’m inspired by strong women and now Victoria is one of those strong women because of her standing up and showcasing who she is to the world, unapologetically.
“Sorry, you’ll just have to get used to it.”
“Daniel Pérez needs to log off and never come back xoxo,” responded Cheryl Hole, who placed fourth on season one of the British spin-off.
Pérez later retweeted Chaney’s tweet concerning her comments on his Twitter profile.
“There are just not enough queer women in the public eye, in my opinion, so I’m here to be ‘celesbian’ – a celebrity lesbian!” Scone told the BBC.
She said that many people who encounter her in drag “don’t even consider the fact” that she “could be a queer woman”.