As RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 and All Stars 3 contestant Aja said on Twitter, nothing about a cast announcement in the Drag Race world is really a surprise for most fans.
Sis we already know the all stars cast lmao
— AJA (@ajaqueen) November 7, 2018
Leaks, spoilers and necessary plot points are readily available on Reddit and Facebook groups weeks before the official announcement. If anything, the official announcement acts more like a way to validate the internet’s sleuth skills and to peep some brand-new looks from the queens. But this doesn’t mean that there aren’t at least a few questions going into every announcement.
One of the biggest question marks was around season 6 contestant Gia Gunn, who disappeared around the time of All Stars 4 filming, but who had gone on record saying that she was not on All Stars and seemed pretty adamant about distancing herself from the franchise.
In August, Gunn took to Instagram to say that she was not a part of All Stars 4 as trans women were not welcome on the franchise.
“Sorry everyone, I know you guys are so excited about all the rumours and everything, but honestly, I will not be on that show because I’m not sure that my kind is welcome there,” she said. “I’m not going to be part of a show that doesn’t support my community.”
Gunn’s comments came a few months after RuPaul told the Guardian that he didn’t think he would not allow transgender women who were undergoing or had undergone a physical transition to compete on the show.
“You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body,” RuPaul told the Guardian. “It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing. We’ve had some girls who’ve had some injections in the face and maybe a little bit in the butt here and there, but they haven’t transitioned.”
He added, “Peppermint didn’t get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn’t really transitioned.”
Several contestants on the show who identified as transgender, including Monica Beverly Hillz, spoke out against RuPaul’s comments.
RuPaul later apologized for the comments, though the damage had been done.
“Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience,” the mogul wrote on Twitter. “I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.”
It remains to be seen as to whether rumors of a dramatic exit from the show are true or not for Gunn. For now, we’re ready to see the Season 6 quote machine back on our televisions.