Aquaria Booed Off London Stage After Bringing Trans Friend on Stage

America’s Next Drag Superstar did not get the best reception across the pond.

On Thursday night, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 winner Aquaria judged a Porn Idol contest at a London gay bar called Heaven. The contest was a striptease competition with a prize of £500. According to Gay Times, Aquaria chose a friend, Love Bailey, to compete for the prize, which caused people in the crowd to boo both Aquaria and Bailey.

“Don’t fucking play this,” Aquaria tweeted along with video of her being booed by the crowd. “I’m not the fucking one and the fact that y’all probably treat performers like this all over the world is fucking disgusting. This is why girls loathe doing their jobs sometimes. Respect yourself and respect others.”

Aquaria also defended her choice to bring Bailey, who is trans, to the stage in a series of tweets.

Aquaria added in a subsequent tweet that she invited Bailey on stage to showcase a trans woman’s talent.

“One of my beautiful trans friends had the bravery to offer an entertaining show for the (many, clearly) undeserving audience members at the club because they’re too busy making fun of the lads and demeaning the women brave/boozed enough to perform for them,” Aquaria wrote.

However, at least one person in the audience tweeted that Bailey’s trans status was not a part of the problem. Rather, the person claimed, the audience was upset at the perceived nepotism on display.

Aquaria has been vocal on Twitter ever since her Drag Race triumph. Earlier in July, she called out singer Bebe Rexha when Rexha tried to insinuate that some of the Drag Race queens were rude to her backstage at the VH1 Trailblazer Honors.

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