RuPaul has broken his silence on his season two Drag Race winner Tyra Sanchez telling a fan to ‘go kill yourself’.
The drag superstar has reacted to the backlash from fans and fellow Drag Race alumni, who spoke out against Tyra last week.
Tyra refused to apologize, doubling down on her ‘view’ of suicide.
‘I have no sympathy for people that commit suicide. They’re cowards. They give up & give in. Stop tweeting me about it,’ she wrote in a now deleted tweet.
‘If you want to kill yourself, go ahead it’s your life. Am I gonna be sympathetic for you & give pity? I think not. Too busy living MY life,’ she said in another.
A petition calling for RuPaul to revoke her crown was signed by nearly 2,000 people.
And in RuPaul and Michelle Visage’s podcast, released today (26 August), the drag queen defended his season two winner.
‘I think that what happened was there is a certain level of reverence and camp in what sometimes is said out loud which is not meant for mixed company,’ RuPaul said.
‘Twitter is not the place for that. People don’t get nuance on Twitter, you can’t do irony on Twitter, people won’t get it.’
Michelle agreed, saying she herself private messaged Tyra to tell her that Drag Race fans are looking to her as a role model.
‘I told her, “I don’t think it’s smart for your career”,’ she said. ‘On Twitter, you don’t hear inflection, you don’t hear snark, you don’t hear sarcasm.’
She added: ‘Guys, she didn’t mean that, she didn’t mean to go, “Go kill yourself”, she said it like you would with your friends. Like saying, “Ru, go play in traffic”. You’ve said that to me a million times – “Go play in traffic”. It’s funny, and we laugh, but if you say it on Twitter, it doesn’t read that way. That’s not the forum, sweetheart.’
Ru concluded: ‘It’s so interesting as we go on in this age of social media and where everybody has a voice, there’s a level of diplomacy that I try to teach my girls.
‘There’s a certain amount of diplomacy and protocol and style that you have to learn when you’re dealing with a bigger audience.’