‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ swiped a full page from Tyra Banks ‘America’s Next Top Model’ last night when the week’s winner Willam Belli was dismissed for not honoring her contract ala Angelea Preston. Just like with Ms. Banks, Logo is keeping mum on what happened looking to boost the reunion special ratings at season’s end.
We’ve always known that ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race‘ was easily the drag version of ‘America’s Next Top Model‘, but last night really proved it when it was pure deja vu as the contestant everyone loved to hate Willam Belli was shockingly dismissed. This occurred just as RuPaul was appearing to decide which queen to ‘Sashay Away’, Phi Phi or Sharon Needles. I will say, Miss Sashay and I were gripping hands fearing that Sharon Needles (one of our absolute favorites this season next to Chad Michaels and Latrice Royale) so when RuPaul asked Willam to step up, we knew our queen was save to fight another day.
But then Miss Sashay and I just looked at each other since we had watched the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ season finale shocker and couldn’t believe it was happening all over again. Thankfully disqualified contestant Angelea Preston didn’t vomit on the side of the stage like Willam, but it was nearly identical. Willam did an interview with EW, but he was very coy and claimed that he’d done nothing wrong, etc. Basically Logo is saying that the answer could be revealed in their reunion special, but quite honestly, as fun as the reunion’s are, you don’t need to resort to these tricks to bump up the ratings. ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is already Logo’s biggest hit with each season growing better and better.
While this shocker isn’t getting nearly the press of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ (although many of the same audience watch both), the mystery has naturally got rumors flying high. So far, we’re hearing that:
- Willam was taking hormones’ giving him an unfair advantage over the other queens;
- had people making/buying him clothes to bring to him after the show was in production;
- on drugs;
- binge drinking; going out to clubs during production which is a no no;
- and the final which could ring true but sounds much like the Angelea Preston rumor, Willam was blogging live while filming was going on;
- RuPaul’s Drag Race publicity stunt and Willam will be on their upcoming All-Stars edition.
So you all can decide for yourself which one sounds the most real, but I think RuPaul will be smarter than Ms. Tyra, and make sure fans of the show do know what went down, but it will probably be something rather simple since those things usually are. In the meantime Willam has proven that he’s quite the savvy PR person as he releases a hilarious parody video of Chick-Fil-A. Some of you may not know that Chick-Fil-A has had some anti-gay controversies so Willam and his team of drag queens have done an homage to Wilson Phillips ‘Hold On‘, and it’s a must see (below). If you watch closely, you’ll also spot RuPaul Pit Crew member Jason in the hot tub. With lyrics as hysterial as ”Please don’t sue us for libel, We just want meat without your Bible” and “Someday somebody’s gonna make you wanna gobble up a waffle fry, But no go, don’t you know, Chick-Fil-A say you make the baby Jesus cry,” Willam’s going to keep his publicity machine alive for a few more months until the RuPaul Drag Race Reunion Show.
The smart thing was the video was released just two days ago in time for the shocker RuPaul episode, and it’s going viral much quicker now. It easily would’ve gone viral, but timing just speeds up the process as Willam is quite aware. I wasn’t a big fan of his either, but after watching the video and laughing like hell, I’ve got a new respect since he does have talent and is a lot smarter than he played on tv. Check out his YouTube channel, and you can see his other vids which will surprise you in a good way. With the Chick-Fil-A video, I’m sure the company will wind up having to respond since I can see it confusing some average customers since it’s shot really well and everything Chick-Fil-A features rather prominently. In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy defended his company, calling internet reports on the company donations “folklore.” The son of company founder Truett Cathy, also stated, “We’re not anti-anybody. Our mission is to create raving fans.”