When BenDeLaCreme eliminated herself from the competition on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, fans everywhere were shocked. But, when it was revealed that the queen helped vote Kennedy Davenport and Trixie Mattel into the top two, fans were upset, and starting sending out messages to her and the other girls who kept Shangela out of the top.
Instead of ignoring the comments, DeLa delivered a long, fiery rant via her Facebook page to put the Drag Race haters in their place. “If you have tweeted, commented, posted or DMed anything negative to any of the queens, this message is for you,” she said. “Try and stick with it — it’s more than 140 characters.”
The queen first addressed fans that said all of the queens on the season “knew what they were getting into.” She reiterated that drag is what she is the most passionate about, and she initially declined the offer to go on All Stars 3. “We all now live in a moment where Drag Race is inextricably tied to any drag queen’s career, whether they engage with it or not,” she said. “It provides amazing opportunities for both cast members and viewers. The culture surrounding it also takes some things away.”
DeLa went on to say that she left the show of her own volition, in spite of what the producers wanted her to do on the show, not for any other reason. She also took a moment to say that it perhaps wasn’t the producers’ fault for setting up difficult situations for the queens, but maybe the audience that demands intense drama. “They don’t do it because they are monsters, they do it because they are under the impression that’s what you, the viewer, demands [sic],” she said. “Do you feel ok with demanding that?”
The star said that she was faced with a difficult decision in the All Stars 3 finale, but was more upset by fans who thought they understood what the experience on the show was like for the queens. “You. Don’t. Know,” she said. “Sometimes in life you will not know … and if you pick a fight every time that happens you’re going to tucker yourself out real quick.”
Eventually, DeLa shamed the fans who think that it’s OK to throw hatred at the winners (specifically Trixie Mattel) just because they’re not happy with the results. “How about you all just focus on being wildly appreciative that these people have chosen to share themselves and their artistry with you, to bare themselves and be vulnerable despite the knowledge that many of you will be extremely cruel in return?” she asked.
Simply put by the queen herself, “DeLaCreme out.” Read DeLa’s full Facebook rant below: