Aquaria Slams Sherry Pie After RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Disqualification: ‘An Apology Should Not Include Lies’
Former RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Aquaria is slamming season 12 contestant Sherry Pie following a BuzzFeed News investigation that revealed she had acted inappropriately with over 5 men.
As previously reported, BuzzFeed reported earlier this week that the NYC-based drag queen was being accused of catfishing at least 5 men. The story, which is definitely worth the read, is a very troubling one, to say the least, and the backlash has been swift.
In one outrageous incident outlined in the article, Gugliemelli allegedly asked one of the men to masturbate on camera as part of an audition for a new HBO show he was working on, called Bulk.
There was no HBO show and it wasn’t a real audition, according to the allegations.
After refusing to comment on the story while it was being investigated, VH1 and World of Wonder, the production company behind the show, released a statement and said that the show would air as normal but that Sherry Pie would be uninvited from the finale taping.
Sherry Pie, AKA Joey Gugliemelli, released a statement to Facebook just as the story was being published and claimed to be taking responsibility for his behavior.
Sherry Pie in a promotion for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12. (Photo: VH1)
“This is Joey, I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed and disgusted I am with myself,” he posted. “I know that the pain and hurt that I have caused will never go away and I know that what I did was wrong and truly cruel.”
“Until being on RuPaul’s Drag Race, I never really understood how much my mental health and taking care of things meant,” he continued. “I learned on that show how important ‘loving yourself’ is and I don’t think I have ever loved myself. I have been seeking help and receiving treatment since coming back to NYC. I truly apologize to everyone I have hurt with my actions. I also want to say how sorry I am to my sisters of season 12 and honestly the whole network and production company. All I can do is change the behavior and that starts with me and doing that work.”
Former winner Aquaria isn’t here for what she implies is a fake apology, however.
“An apology should not include lies, to say the least. @sherrypienyc you are walking on very thin ice,” she posted to Twitter, reports Instinct Magazine. “Choose your words wisely because my community is not the one to fuck with.”
Aquaria ended up winning RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 and is known for his outspoken persona. While his tweet may seem harsh, it reflects a growing point of view on social media about this entire scandal.
While VH1 has made the right decision by not allowing Sherry Pie to participate in the show’s finale taping, there is still an entire season ahead and for some, this may cast an unfortunate shadow over what used to be pure entertainment.
The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12. (Photo: VH1)
Questions are rightly being asked about how the scandal was handled, considering the BuzzFeed News reporter behind the story has consistently said that both the network and production company refused to comment on the allegations until after his story went live. Gugliemelli, for his part, also refused to comment and only posted his statement when he realized the online outline was about to publish the allegations.
While the allegations may only have come to light recently, this story would have been in the works for a while which makes the network’s refusal to comment as the investigation was proceeding even more interesting.
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 airs Fridays on VH1.