Maddy said in the episode that she didn’t ‘feel the need to clarify my sexuality’ (Picture: VH1)
Warning: spoilers ahead for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14 episode 2.
RuPaul’s Drag Race fans were left with mixed feelings over a certain moment in the second part of season 14’s premiere, as RuPaul revealed Maddy Morphosis is straight in front of the other queens, taking her by surprise.
The latest episode of the competition on WOW Presents Plus introduced viewers to the final seven contestants of the series, as the first seven were introduced last week.
Among them was Maddy, who is the first cisgender heterosexual man ever to compete in any show of the Drag Race franchise.
In a VT, Maddy, who’s from Arkansas, made it clear that she wasn’t going to bring up her sexuality straight away, stating: ‘I don’t feel the need to clarify my sexuality,’ and adding: ‘I really want the first impression that the girls have of me to be the content of my drag.’
However, during a one-on-one chat in the Werk Room, which could be overheard by the other members of the cast, Ru caught Maddy unawares by saying: ‘You have made history being our first straight contestant,’ as the other queens reacted with shock.
Several of the contestants remarked in the episode that they’d never met a straight drag queen, before expressing support for Maddy’s decision to pursue the artform.
‘It kind of makes me have mad respect for her,’ Lady Camden said, as Angeria Paris VanMicheals stated: ‘I think it’s sickening that Maddy is a heterosexual man from a small town in the south and wants to be a sickening drag queen all at the same time. Nobody said it couldn’t be done!’
On Twitter, several viewers shared their astonishment over the way in which Ru divulged the news openly seemingly without informing Maddy first, with some comparing it to when a member of the LGBT+ community is ‘outed’.
‘Not RuPaul outing Maddy to the rest of the queens..wait.. what kind of reverse universe.. not the straight being outed,’ one person tweeted.
‘Did RuPaul just out Maddy in the middle of the Werk Room????’ another asked.
One person said that while they don’t believe Maddy was ‘outed’ because she’s straight, it made them feel ‘conflicted’ because of the ‘parallel to someone being outed’.
‘Ok but why do I feel so conflicted about RuPaul just blatantly being like “HEY LOOK OVER HERE, QUEENS, MADDY’S STRAIGHT”? like obvs Maddy’s not being “outed” bc she’s straight but maybe it’s bc it feels like such a parallel to someone being outed? Idk [sic],’ they wrote.
‘I didn’t know you could out a straight person but RuPaul just did it to Maddy soo…,’ another commented, while someone else said: ‘Umm is RuPaul allowed to publicly out someone without checking first? Shouldn’t Maddy have decided when, where and how the conversation was brought up?’
However, others disagreed with the notion that Ru ‘outed’ Maddy, with one person remarking: ‘People mad that Rupaul “outed” Maddy like babes it’s not the same thing.’
For the talent show, which was performed in front of extra special guest judge Alicia Keys, Maddy impressed with her guitar-playing skills – including playing the instrument with her tongue – but it wasn’t enough to stop her from ranking among the bottom queens.
Maddy was saved from the bottom two thanks to her innovative runway look, which was designed to look as though she was carrying her own chopped off head.
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DeJa Skye and Daya Betty were forced to lip sync for their lives, with the former being saved after a powerful performance of Alicia’s debut single Fallin’, which was released in 2001.
With Angeria Paris VanMicheals being crowned the winner of the week, how will all the queens fare as the two halves of the cast come together?
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14 is available to watch on WOW Presents Plus with new episodes dropping on Saturdays.
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