RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 is facing an ongoing PR nightmare thanks to Sherry Pie. With allegations of sexual misconduct against the contestant surfacing after the season premiere, the producers announced that Sherry was disqualified and would not appear in the yet-to-be shot grand finale. However, the season would be aired as planned “out of respect for the hard work of the other queens.” From there, fans wondered if unaired episodes would be recut to trim out the disgraced drag queen. Friday night’s “Snatch Game” showed just how severe these cuts have become.
In her premiere ep, Sherry Pie got a lot of screentime between reaction shots and confessional footage. A bombastic personality, she’s been getting good critiques from the judges, even scoring wins in episodes 3 and 5. She seemed sure to slay on the show’s always anticipated Snatch Game challenge, in which queens are asked to improvise as a celebrity of their choice in a Match Game scenario. However, the confessed catfisher was noticeably absent from the workroom sequences and only shown briefly during the game itself. Plus, none of her confessional footage was included. Yet, the most shocking chop came in the show’s final minutes.
Typically, every contestant is shown walking the runway to showcase their look, along with their charisma, nerve, uniqueness, and talent. So Drag Race fans were shocked when Sherry Pie’s walk for the “Frozen Eleganza” challenge was completely cut.
Here’s how Twitter reacted.
Some felt the edit was still too generous to Sherry Pie.
The inconsistency with @RuPaulsDragRace ‘s editing out of #SherryPie is too much, to cut her 100% from the runway but keeping her in #SnatchGame and the episode benefiting from her performance just doesn’t seem right, surely it should be all or nothing!? #rupaul #DragRace12— Michael West (@mr_mwxst) April 4, 2020
While others pointed that cutting her runway wasn’t fair to the designer who put work into a gown with the expectation of seeing it on TV.
@RuPaulsDragRace I can't believe u would cut out a queer designer of a simply STUNNING look just because Sherry Pie was disqualified! Shame on you!— Pacey Williams (@PaceyWilliams) April 4, 2020
Ok here is my problem with #RupaulsDragRaceSeason12 not showing #sherrypie 's runway look.— Natalia McCarty (@Macnatty) April 4, 2020
There are fucking designers that worked hard on her looks. Punishing them for her faults is unfair. Even if she did the look herself, ruining the flow of the show is necessary.
Why is it we couldn’t see sherry pies runway look I know she is disqualified but if she is still in the season we should still see her costume don’t have to have her audio but at least her look the designers deserve that @RuPaulsDragRace— Chubbzyyy (@DC95546sexy) April 4, 2020
fuck sherry pie but…. that runway look was probably my favorite of all time. that designer is amazing. #RupaulsDragRaceSeason12— hobbittrash (@hobbittrash) April 4, 2020
I think it's horrible that @WorldOfWonder and @RuPaulsDragRace have cut out Sherry Pie's runway looks. We all know what happened. We read the disclaimer. We're all adults.— Taylor Shubert (@TaylorShubert) April 4, 2020
Don't rob talented designers (who did tons of work for v little pay) of *their* chance to shine. #DragRace
Sherry Pie’s runway looks are also being excluded from the Drag Race-related web series “Fashion Photo Ruview,” World of Wonder’s tweeted video clip round-ups, EW’s ranking of Season 12 outfits, and the official RuPaul’s Drag Race Instagram photo posts.
Those who collaborated with Sherry Pie for her RuPaul’s Drag Race looks would have done so long before the allegations were made public. As such, fans of the show and fashion are defending these unknown designers and what should be their moment.
The designer of Sherry Pie’s “Frozen Eleganza” look was Florence D’Lee, who posted a sketch and some pics of the final product on Instagram.
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Category is “Frozen Eleganza” on the runway! Custom Mrs.Freeze fantasy stoned to the gods from head to toe. Feeling chilly anyone?! âšœï¸ DISCLAIMER! In NO WAY do I condone or support the actions of Sherry Pie. I am here to spotlight and show off my design work that I poured my heart and soul into this past summer. âšœï¸ Photography by @thegingerb3ardmen Cane by @kandytrip âšœï¸ #nyc #fashionable #gaynyc #gay #instagay #nycdrag #dragqueen #nycdragqueen #dragperfection #frozen #fashionblog #beauty #fashionblogger #queen #drag #instabeauty #instaglam #fashion #ice #instadrag #dragqueen #fashiondesigner #snow #fashiongram #fashionista #rupaulsdragrace #fashion #freeze #instagay
From the looks of this tweet the day after the Snatch Game episode aired, D’Lee was heartbroken by the omission.
RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Friday nights on VH1.