Not everybody is happy about the upcoming British version of RuPaul’s Drag Race

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After years of speculation it was finally announced that the most popular drag-themed TV show of all times comes to the UK, with our loved host RuPaul and the judges (at least, Michelle Visage said she would definitely be into it). But it seems that though most Brits are excited about it, there are antagonists of such an idea. On Twitter, people responded with mixed emotions, many claiming that a UK edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race could destroy the British drag scene in all its variety. RuPaul’s Drag Race “imposes a specific type of American drag,” say Dragpunk—a Birmingham-based collective consisting of drag artists Amber Cadaverous, Lilith, Paul Aleksandr, and Tacky Alex, adding that the British drag scene is much more eclectic and diverse than the show format is able to cover, so it will have to create a wrong, narrow representation of what it means to a British drag queen. Neon, a drag queen “floating around south east England” agrees, fearing that Drag Race UK “will become a factory farmed version of itself.” “All drag is valid and the boundaries of what drag actually is are constantly being pushed, I don’t want there to become a mould that an artist must fit in order to be considered a real queen,” says Neon.

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