RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 keeps on shocking the fanbase, including a very unlikely political ‘coming out’ as a registered Republican.
Spoilers for the fourth episode of season 11 to follow.
Season 11 queen reveals she’s a registered Republican
Silky Nutmeg Ganache, real name Reginald Steele, came out as a registered Republican.
She said it was a ‘strategy’ to work from the inside of the political system.
Silky also said she does not vote Republican or voted for Donald Trump to be president.
‘I’m a Republican because of gentrification and movement of the districts,’ Silky said.
‘It’s very important that people realise that if you want to stop that in the political process, get smarter than them.
‘Register as a Republican and then they’ll have to redo everything.’
Gerrymandering involves manipulating district boundaries to benefit a political party. It is often used to limit the voting power of minority communities.
‘Bitch, I ain’t ever voted for Trump’
She added in a confessional: ‘Just because I’m a registered Republican does not actually mean that I vote Republican. Bitch, I ain’t ever voted for Trump.’
RuPaul explained: ‘So you have a strategy to infiltrate the Republican party and circumvent their gerrymandering?
‘That will help you a lot in this challenge!’
The fourth episode saw the queens perform a Grease-inspired Trump: The Musical.
Silky won the episode after appearing in a minor role as Oprah Winfrey.
The 28-year-old, from Moss Point, Mississippi, has a master’s degree in organizational leadership. She is also on her way to becoming a Doctor of Philosophy.
Fans reacted negatively: ‘Ain’t no explanation good enough’
Fans reacted negatively to Silky’s political strategy. Many referenced a previous Islamophobic comment Silky made about the show’s first Muslim queen, Mercedes Iman Diamond.
“…then Mercedes walked up and I said, ‘This season’s gonna blow up!’” -Silky
— Pete Fleet Sailor #3 (@urdadssidepiece) March 4, 2019
One said on Twitter: ‘Ain’t no explanation good enough of an excuse for you to be a registered republican Silky.’
Another said: ‘Her reasoning of avoiding the mess of redistricting via gentrification didn’t make any sense but OK..’
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 continues next Thursday on VH1.