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'RuPaul's Drag Race's Fans Shocked By Cut Scene

By Kristy Puchko | TV | April 6, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | TV | April 6, 2020 |


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.

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.

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.

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.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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