RuPaul's Drag Race have donated Sherry Pie's $5000 tip to an LGBTQ charity
16 March 2020, 13:54
Sherry Pie has been disqualified from RuPaul's Drag Race after allegations came to light about her posing as a fake casting director, encouraging vulnerable gay men to strip on camera.
If you've been keeping up with RuPaul's Drag Race season 12, you'll know that although we're only on episode three and one of the contestants has already been disqualified (Willam doesn't seem so bad now, huh Ru?), and now the show is taking a stand to help the people that have been affected by their actions.
Sherry Pie was disqualified after the premiere episode had been aired following accusations from five men that came to light about the queen (also known as Joey Gugliemelli) catfishing men into thinking they were being chosen to star in a new show, putting them through intense 'audition' processes, and even made one of them masturbate on camera.
Since RuPaul's Drag Race was filmed in 2019, unfortunately for VH1, it was too late to have her removed from the final edit of the show, but they have since put out a number of statements, disqualified Sherry, cut her out of social media clips, and now, they've even tried to right the wrong she's done by donating her cash tips earned on the show to the Trevor Project.
Given Sherry's track record in the show so far, it would seem that she's going to get pretty far, and although she won't appear at the grand finale or have the chance to take home the crown. So far, she's already been in the top two and won the third episodes challenge - along with a cash tip of $5,000.
VH1 knew that fans would be disappointed by the result, and so at the end of the episode they put out a disclaimer that said the tip would be used to help LGBTQ+ people struggling with their mental health.
The statement read: 'This episode of RuPaul's Drag Race was filmed in 2019. In light of recent developments, VH1 and World of Wonder have donated $5,000 to The Trevor Project.'
Twitter users have collectively come out, not only to express their dismay at Sherry still appearing in episodes, but to thank creators for actively handling the situation.
OMG they actually disqualified Sherry pie I’m so happy I didn’t think they would— Emily 💕 (@snorlaxdreams) March 16, 2020
@VH1 @WorldOfWonder @RuPaulsDragRace I am really pleased to see that you donated 5,000 to @TrevorProject because @sherrypienyc won this week’s challenge. Can you confirm that is the same money that she would have received.— 🏳️🌈 Kaleb Crain 🏳️🌈 (@BtownKage_92) March 14, 2020
Bravo VH1, and on behalf of all Drag Race fans, hopefully this generous act provides (a little bit of) closure for some of her victims.