On Thursday (April 4) night, RuPaul’s Drag Race forced the queens to get physical as the contestants competed in the first ever “Draglympics,” where they had to dance, vogue and death-drop their way to the gold on two teams.
One team was greater than the other — the queens of “Tuckpantistan” rocked the judges’ world, earning A’Keria C. Davenport her first win for leading her team to victory. But two queens failed to meet the gold standard: Ra’Jah O’Hara and Scarlet Envy, who ended up in the bottom for their poor performances. In a decision that many fans are still questioning, RuPaul chose Ra’Jah to stay after her third week lip-syncing, sending Scarlet Envy home instead.
Scarlet chatted with Billboard the day after her elimination about her prop-filled lip sync, the truth behind the success of New York queens, and why she agrees with her fans that she shouldn’t have gone home.
How are you feeling after watching your elimination last night?
Well, I was at Roscoe's Tavern in Chicago. It was honestly a wonderful experience — like a nightmare come true. Ok, actually, I guess it was a dream. Whatever. I was really not looking forward to it, but the outpouring from the fandom has been loud, and it has been aggressive, and it has been in my favor. So that, after being discounted for the entire season and by the entire cast, is kind of a nice breath of fresh air. Like, "Oh, I'm not just delusional!"
You're definitely right — a lot of fans have been shouting online that you should have been allowed to stay instead of Ra'Jah. Do you agree with them?
I can't disagree with them! Absolutely, I agree with them, I think we all watched the same thing on the show. This happens to be my journey I guess, this is how the cookie crumbles for me. The important part is I got a cookie. And I love cookies. [laughs]
I mean, you really went in there prepared with scissors and glitter and another outfit under your outfit. How did you prepare that? Did you have a feeling you would be lip syncing?
A good queen always has a weapon between her tits, and hopefully it matches the outfit. You never know when you're going to need it! I had more tricks up my sleeve, and unfortunately you won't see them. But you always have to be ready — all of my outfits that I showcased, I was prepared to lip sync in all of them. You never know what the challenge is going to be, but you make sure that you have something ready for the worst case. Always have a stunt to pull, you know?
All of that was compounded with the fact that in Untucked, Ra'Jah got very upset with you for saying she should be the one to go home. What was going through your mind in that moment?
I think it's pretty apparent how I felt in Untucked: just an eye-roll. I feel like … you know, for her to say that she was angry because I "threw her under the bus" after she, and everyone else mind you, did the same to me minutes before on the main stage, it's just ridiculous. But we all can see that, we all know that.
I also just don't do all that. Like I've said, I am the drama without all of the drama. I'll be a drama queen, but I'm not a fighter really. We all just kind of deal with certain things in different ways, and I guess that's just how she was processing it? I don't know, I feel like if anyone was thrown under the bus, it was absolutely me. And did I complain once about it? No.
I would describe you as a quintessential New York queen. We've had three New York girls this season, and countless others in seasons past. What do you think it is about New York queens that gets them so consistently booked on the show?
Honestly, it's a hard city to live in. It's the toughest city in the world, and we have the best drag in the world here. So, to last more than a few minutes, you have to have something to what you're doing. I did drag for years before Drag Race, and I kept the lights on solely as a drag queen, because I didn't give myself another option, honestly. I think it comes from the work ethic, and the difficulty level. To exist in this city, no matter what you do, is just difficult. If you can make it there, you can quite literally make it anywhere.
Now there is a meme of you that is just called "Scarlet Envy running." Are you loving it, watching that slowly evolve online?
Well, I ran cross country for about 12 years. My mom says I was running from my feelings, so maybe I'm still doing that? [laughs] I feel like it's so funny to look at. The first time I was running, in the six-way lip sync gang bang, when Ru said I was safe, I couldn't join the other girls fast enough. And the second one was honestly just me scrambling to get the outfit ready for the challenge. Being meme-d is weird, girl. I love it, though.
What have you got coming up that fans can look forward to?
Well, I have a show that I'm touring starting in May, we're kicking off at the Laurie Beechman Theater. It's called Reflections & Other Shiny Things. It's a cabaret experience, I would say … we're looking at international dates, I'll be at DragCon in New York and L.A., there's a lot. I can't wait to meet the fans, honestly — meet and greets are my favorite part of appearances. I just love getting to meet the Internet in person, it's so exciting.