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Drag Race queen Brooke Lynn Hytes apologizes for blackface Instagram post

Drag Race queen Brooke Lynn Hytes apologizes for blackface Instagram post

Brooke Lynn Hytes is on season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race | Photo: VH1

Current Drag Race competitor Brooke Lynn Hytes has issued an apology for a blackface Instagram post from 2013.

In the now-deleted post, Hytes appeared next to another drag queen, Daytona Bitch, who appeared in blackface. Bitch was dressed as black lesbian psychic Miss Cleo, wearing a head wrap and darkened skin, for a Caribbean Heat themed night.

Hytes, who is the first Canadian cast on RuPaul’s Drag Race, posted the photo and used the hashtag ‘blackface’.

‘This post was irresponsible on my part,’ Hytes wrote on Monday (25 February) in an Instagram post. ‘It was rooted in ignorance and came from a place of naivety and privilege.’

Her full apology

Hytes’ apology came as three screenshots of the Notes app, which she then posted on Instagram.

In the second screenshot, she wrote that she takes responsibility and also ‘deeply’ apologizes to everyone.

She continued: ‘In the six years since this post I have learned, grown and evolved as a person and I am ashamed that this less informed version of myself might be some followers’ first impression of me and what I stand for.’

Brooke Lynn Hytes' apology on Instagram
Hytes’ apology on Instagram | Photo: Instagram @bhytes

She added the post was ‘not indicative of my politics or beliefs’.

Though she also acknowledge she ‘should have done better at that time’.

In the last post, she stated her hope to continue evolving.

Brooke Lynn Hytes' apology on Instagram
Hytes’ apology on Instagram (contd) | Photo: Instagram @bhytes

‘Please let me reiterate that I absolutely do not condone any form of racism, including but not limited to blackface and it saddens me to think about how I have contributed to those harmful ideals in the past.’

Recently, Hytes mocked a Canadian politician for comparing drag to blackface.

Not the first queen to apologize for this

Charlie Hides was the first Drag Race competitor, who was part of season nine, to apologize for blackface. It should be noted, however, in Hides’ case, he was the one donning blackface.

He had a black character he assumed for years known as Laquisha Jonz. It was only in 2015 that he retired the character after a petition labeled her as racist and misogynistic.

Hides apologized then, saying: ‘The last thing I want to do is contribute to real problems. I want to be a solution…. The last thing I ever wanted to do was to demean a group of people.’

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 premieres tonight.

See also

Blackface in drag is just as bad as any other blackface – and unacceptable

A drag king performed in blackface in Hawaii and it’s not a good look

Miley Cyrus gets in male drag to go undercover on RuPaul’s Drag Race