12 queens will compete for the crown (Picture: BBC)
The new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is already causing a backlash with fans criticising the lack of racial diversity among the cast.
BBC Three unveiled the 12 contestants on the line-up for the third season as the show prepares to arrive in September, with the first-ever cisgender woman, Victoria Scone, set to compete for the crown.
However, only one Black contestant, Vanity Milan, has been added to the bill, while River Medway is half Singaporean.
Many have expressed their disappointment in the casting, with some calling for a new team to take charge if and when series four is announced.
‘This new Drag Race UK cast is looking very…. white,’ wrote one. ‘All the queens look great, but where’s the diversity?’
The TV Mindset added: ‘We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: British TV has a huge problem when it comes to LGBTQ+ intersectionality. This line-up proves that.’
Backlash aside, global drag icon RuPaul will preside over the show as the 12 queens compete over 10 weeks to be crowned the UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar.
Each week, the contestants face challenges that test their drag race prowess to the max, hoping that they have impressed Ru enough to avoid being one of the bottom two queens facing a lip sync for their life and elimination from the competition.
Vanity Milan is the only Black queen in this series (Picture: BBC)
Mama Ru will be joined on the judging panel by Michelle Visage, an extra special celebrity guest judge and, on a rotational basis, Graham Norton and Alan Carr.
Victoria Scone, who will be making Drag Race her-story, explained that some people refer to her as an ‘AFAB queen’ – meaning ‘assigned female at birth’ – but she prefers to just call herself a drag queen.
‘Drag is for everyone and I’m here to show you how,’ she said.
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The 27-year-old, who hails from Cardiff, added: ‘It feels right! I definitely didn’t invent the art of drag for women. I am not the first and I certainly won’t be the last….
‘We don’t describe cis male drag queens as AMAB queens, so, as a handy tip, I’d just call us all drag queens or drag artists, and, if you must know, I identify as a Tony Award!’
Metro.co.uk has contacted BBC Three for comment.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3 arrives in September on BBC iPlayer.
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