- ‘This was completely wrong of me and very insensitive.’
Drag Race contestant Gia Gunn has apologized after she called coronavirus a ‘hoax’ and said people who wore masks were ‘brainwashed’.
In the original Instagram video she described the ‘whole mask thing’ as ‘fucking ridiculous’.
However her comments sparked backlash, including from her fellow Drag Race contestants. People accused Gunn of being insensitive and putting fans’ health at risk. Moreover, as COVID-19 rises in the US by 45,000 cases a day, they added: ‘People are dying.’
Gunn became famous on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, season two of The Switch Drag Race and season four of Drag Race: All Stars.
She has reversed her position and apologized.
She said: ‘I realized that this was completely wrong of me and very insensitive, especially to the families of people who have experienced tremendous amounts of loss and/ or struggle due to this terrible virus.’
Moreover she added: ‘I thank you all so much for correcting me, educating me and informing me.’
‘People are dying’
It’s a big climb down from her original video when Gunn said:
‘I honestly think this whole COVID-19 thing is a hoax. I think everybody who is, you know, taking precautions is cute and it’s definitely the thing to do, but I also think a lot of people are brainwashed.
‘The more and more we look around and see each other with masks on, the more influenced we are going to be to also put our masks on, which then to men, insinuated that everything is not ok.
‘I’m here to tell you guys that I think things are more ok than the government is allowing you to think.’
That sparked immediate criticism. In particular, her fellow Drag Race contestants told her she was putting fans at risk.
Phi Phi O’Hara responded: My husband had and my mom has COVID currently. This is no hoax. Your video and comments are honestly quite ignorant. False information is harmful to so many.’
Likewise Aquaria said: ‘Please Gia Gunn, put on your stupid mask and let it be a reminder to not open your mouth while trying to influence your followers to practice the same unsafe actions you feel entitled to. People are dying.’
Meanwhile Farrah Moan was the most blunt of all.
She said: ‘STFU [Shut the fuck up] and put your mask on. And stop attacking businesses on social media for taking your temperature before entering. People are dying.’
Gia Gunn apologizes and says she’s learned
But in her new video on Wednesday, Gunn reversed her position.
She said: ‘I’ve taken this weekend and some time to sit with the consequences of my actions. But most importantly to think about to wrap my head around this whole thing, but most importantly share with you guys what I have learned.
‘As my parents always told me, it’s ok to make mistakes just as long as you walk away having learned something.’
Moreover she added: ‘With the 6,000 cases on the rise alone here in California, it’s apparent that no theories, no excuses, it’s time for us to put our masks back on.
‘And for those of you that never took their masks off, I thank you. I commend you so much for setting the example that I wish I could have.’