Tag: <span>9/11</span>

17 Sep

@ArielVersace Gets Slammed For 9/11 Performance

Mimi Imfurst from Season 3 and All Stars 1 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, hosts Philly Drag Wars where contestants in drag compete to win the crown.  The challenge was to be offensive and funny so one of the remaining contestants, Ariel Versace, took a bold leap by dressing with a makeshift hijab and a vest with bombs strapped to it. It was making a jab to the 9/11 situation attempting to make light of the events from thirteen years prior in New York and Washington D.C. She’s been under attack from people on Facebook and it’s been showcased on Queerty.com. The attacks are coming from just the site of the photo which has since been removed from social media at Ariel’s request.


However, if you look back at drag, there have always been people pushing the comedic limits, look at Lady Bunny as recent as last week roasting the late Joan Rivers a mere nine days after her passing. Even Mimi Imfurst has been subject to a degree of “hate” from taking a risk by lifting India Ferrah during the lipsync challenge. While there will always be some performances we just don’t understand or even like, there certainly doesn’t seem to be a reason to be as hateful as some people can be during recent events.

 Her mentor Bev had the following to say:

“OK here’s all I’m going to say about the Drag Wars 9/11 G Philly controversy:
As Ariel‘s mentor, I helped her craft the number to the specifications of that challenge, of which were only 3: Make it politically incorrect, funny and offensive. If she succeeded in all 3 is a matter of opinion, but I think we can all agree she met at least 2.
Other contestants that night chose to make their numbers about Abortion, Pedophilia, Molestation, Race issues etc. I’m sure certain groups would find these subjects offensive as well. As someone actually in attendance that night, I’m sure there were those individuals who were genuinely offended but it appeared to me that a majority of those offended were more upset that their favorite contestant was being overshadowed.

Perhaps we needed a respite from all the Gay Bashing articles, but to me it seems like another situation where the author of this article is adding unnecessary fuel to a fire to create controversy and increase viewer traffic as he’s done in the past with other hot button “issues”. To make a pariah out of a performer when not giving all the details is at the least, very shady, and at the most; dangerous and irresponsible.

And furthermore, judging a performance you didn’t see on the opinions of your friends is like saying “No i didn’t like 12 Years a Slave because my cousin didn’t.”

xoxo BEV
(drops mic)”

11 Sep

Remembering 9/11- #NeverForget

September 11, 2001 changed the face of the modern world forever. While taking so many lives, it brought a nation, if not the world, together. Even if it was short-lived, everyone saw the humanity in each other. While we mourned (and continue to mourn) the lives lost, we looked to each other for strength. This day, while tragic, changed people and the way we treated each other.

Thirteen years later, we reflect on that day and most remember the loss, the vision forever ingrained in our minds of the twin towers and those planes being used as bombs. We remember those fleeing and those brave enough to wear a uniform running into the buildings to help, most of which would not come back out. We remember the rubble of the aftermath, the tears and anger and all those who lost someone.

Our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones, our hope is for the kindness of the aftermath to continue. We look to entertainment and especially drag queens to give us the laughter and awe of transformation. Drag is art and art is limitless and without definition, especially when the canvas is a human figure.

We encourage you to compliment a queen today, thank them for providing the art and entertainment and last but certainly not least, TIP YOUR QUEENS, drag is not cheap but tipping is. Let us know who you thanked today.