If there’s one thing RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6 winner Bianca Del Rio is known for, it’s her unfiltered comedy. The queen has famously been unafraid to tackle almost any subject when doing stand-up shows, ranging from politics to gender and even race. But now it seems that the drag star has crossed a line, even for some her own fans.
During her set at Montréal Pride last week, Del Rio made fun season 10 and mentioned a standout moment when contestant Blair St. Clair opened up about being sexually assaulted. “No, fuck you,” the queen said. “You notice she wasn’t raped until she was in the bottom two? Think about that, bitch — that’s fucking strategy … And if you weren’t raped, remember this — you’re ugly.”
A number the queen’s fans took to social media to express their disappointment in Del Rio’s choice to make fun a rape victim, saying that making fun victims rape isn’t productive or funny and just adds to continued stereotypes about victims.
Eventually, St. Clair herself weighed in on the topic. Without calling out Del Rio by name, the queen pointed out that when someone makes a rape joke, they are contributing to a larger problem. “In the U.S. someone is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, but people persist in thinking that making rape or sexual assault jokes is ‘comedy,’” she wrote on Twitter. “It is not. Rape jokes contribute to rape culture.”
Montréal Pride also chimed in on the conversation, saying that they were publicly distancing themselves from Del Rio’s jokes. “The Montréal Pride Festival would like to severely disassociate itself from certain remarks made during the Drag Superstars show on Thursday, August 16th, 2018,” the statement on their Facebook page read. “The approach certain sensitive themes, presented in the form so-called jokes, in no way reflects the policies our organization and we apologize to anyone who has experienced discomfort due to these events.”
Del Rio has yet to comment publicly on the jokes. Read Blair St. Clair’s tweet and Montréal Pride’s statement below: