Drag Race UK vs The World fans divided over Janey Jacké as James Charles in Snatch Game
23 February 2022, 12:36 | Updated: 24 February 2022, 17:56
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"Why would you impersonate James Charles (a predator) in Snatch Game? WTF went through your head?"
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In episode 4, which aired on Tuesday (Feb 22), RuPaul announced that the queens would be playing the fan-favourite Snatch Game. Baga Chipz played Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes from the 1990 movie Misery, Blu Hydrangea played Austin Powers, Pangina Heals played Mariah Carey, Jujubee played Cher, Mo Heart played Billy Porter and Janey Jacké decided to choose James Charles.
Although Janey managed to nail James' mannerisms, including his famous "Hi Sisters!" tagline, the internet felt like it wasn't appropriate to include James in Snatch Game, given that he has been accused of sexual misconduct.
In April 2021, James took "full responsibility" for having inappropriate Snapchat conversations with two 16 year olds. James first believed that he was speaking with people who were 18 years old but acknowledged that "these conversations should’ve never happened, point-blank, period". He was then dropped by makeup brand Morphe following the allegations.
James responded to being featured in RuPaul's Drag Race vs. The World in a tweet that read: "Holy fucking shit no way."
James Charles on Snatch Game was just as trash as James Charles in real life #DragRaceUK— anjunadeep & chill 🏳️🌈 (@anjunatrash) February 22, 2022
Why tf, would you impersonate JAMES CHARLES (a predator) in snatch games. WTF WENT THROUGH YOUR HEAD-#DragRaceUk— Gabs alt :D (@12_mcyt_gab_alt) February 23, 2022
I'm really disturbed by the choice to do a child groomer impression on #DragRaceUk Snatch Game. Not a funny topic or person to do in general. We shouldn't let James Charles get away with it and laugh about him. He's a danger to society.— Fade Mage (@Fade_Mage) February 22, 2022
James' inclusion in Snatch Game not only struck a chord with viewers, though. Janey's performance and character choices failed to impress the judges too. Michelle Visage said: "It's really difficult when you choose to play characters that aren't really funny." And guest judge, actress Michelle Keegan, added: "I'm going to be honest… I've never seen James Charles."
Ultimately, Janey's performance landed her in the bottoms of the week alongside Pangina, Mo and Jujubee. Baga Chipz and Blu Hydrangea were the top-performing queens of the week. However, after a tense lip-sync battle Blu Hydrangea won and decided to send Pangina Heals packing in a shock elimination.
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