RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under’s Art Simone has defended her dramatic exit from the franchise and her savage ‘that means nothing’ clap back.
The drag queen became the second contestant from the 2021 series to be eliminated by Mama Ru after Snatch Game, which only went and aired in episode two.
After Art was told to sashay away, she gave an emotional interview to the cameras. ‘I’ve got thousands of fans that are expecting a certain level from me and I clearly didn’t deliver it,’ she said.
Art then bowed her head and started to cry. ‘And I’m the strongest one here,’ she continued. The producer then offered: ‘But you were here.’
‘That means nothing,’ Art replied.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Art was glad her emotive ending made the cut.
‘It’s refreshing to see raw, real emotions on Drag Race and an exit interview that isn’t “thank you for having me, here’s my catchphrase”,’ Art told us.
‘I love drag so much and it’s my entire life and the show was so important to me that losing meant to much to me.
‘I’m actually glad it got captured. It shows that we are real people with real lives and real goals, and when they get taken away from you, it hurts.’
Art added that she had received a lot of criticism following the episode branding her ‘ungrateful’ for her her response to the producer.
Defending her clap back, Art said: ‘I was responding in the moment to how upset I was and the producer saying “but you were here” is almost as if they’d just patted me on the back to say “you tried”.’
‘When someone dies, you don’t go to their family member and say “well, they lived”. She was reminding me of what I lost.’
She makes a fair point…
‘It’s crazy because I have never acted like that before in my entire life,’ she continued.
‘All my family and friends watching were really upset by it because they know how distressed I would have been to react like that.’
Drag Race Down Under airs Sundays on BBC iPlayer.
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