(The Vulture) Friday’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race — a.k.a. the first 90 minutes of VH1’s 3.5-hour marathon of Drag Race content — featured one perfect guest judge and one not so perfect guest judge. While Rachel Bloom gave constructive comments and made great reaction faces, Jeff Goldblum caught heat online for his pointed comments about Islam.
For the episode’s “Stars and Stripes” runway, after a main challenge centered on a political debate, contestant Jackie Cox wore a blue starry hijab and a red-and-white striped caftan. During his comments, Goldblum wondered about the implications of wearing an Islam-related look on Drag Race. “Isn’t this an interesting wrinkle, though,” he said. “Is there something in this religion that is anti-homosexuality and anti-woman? Does that complicate the issue? I’m just raising it and thinking out loud and maybe being stupid.”
Jackie, who ended up in the bottom two for her performance in the main challenge, explained that she wore the outfit as a commentary on Trump’s Muslim ban, as a drag queen of Iranian heritage. “You can be Middle Eastern, you can be Muslim, and you can still be American,” she says in her voice-over. Later, she defended her choice after Goldblum’s comments.
“When the Muslim ban happened, it really destroyed a lot of my faith in this country. It really hurt my family. And that’s so wrong to me,” Jackie said, tearing up. “And I had to show America that you can be LGBT and from the Middle East, and there’s gonna be complicated shit around that, and that’s okay. But I’m here, and I deserve to be in America just as much as anyone else.”
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Editors note. This post was written by Justin Curto and Posted at The Vulture. Title changed by PNP News.
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