The 15th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, now airing on MTV, is attracting more viewers than ever before. However, with the increasing exposure of the drag art form to a wider audience, a significant amount of hate has also been emerging within the fanbase. One of the latest targets of this loud group of fans is Miami queen Malaysia Babydoll Foxx, who has faced racist attacks from some fans of the show.
Foxx, who is Black, spoke out against the hate in a tweet during Black History Month. She wrote, “I promise I’m good y’all! People threatening to take my social media down is stupid. I could care less. But being racist is disgusting. Using [gorilla] emoji and fat shaming me is insane. I didn’t realize I was fat and black until I got on Drag Race.”
Despite the progressive ideals, diverse cast members, and generally liberal audience of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Black queens like Foxx are still facing racism from some fans. It’s disheartening that these problematic statements are coming from people who consider themselves fans of other queens on the same show. Fortunately, many Drag Race fans have shown support for Foxx and other queens, and have called for these toxic fans to be filtered out of the community.