RuPaul’s Drag Race star Phi Phi O’Hara spoke out against the vicious hatred and death threats she received on social media following last week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.
The season four queen, who returned to the show for her redemption, was vilified with death threats on Twitter after making a series of negative comments about fan favorite Alyssa Edwards throughout the episode.
— @st.joan3 (@untalmujica) September 16, 2016
— ️ (@daisybeII) September 10, 2016
@PhiPhiOhara You do deserve all the death threats. You're a disgusting human being. Just die already
— Caran Londe (@iAuthorita) September 16, 2016
The barrage of hate took a toll on Phi Phi:
Last night I actually locked myself in my hotel bathroom pretended to shower…and cried. I try to be strong…RPDR has broke me. Thank you
— Phi Phi O'Hara (@PhiPhiOhara) September 16, 2016
Phi Phi, whose real name is Jaremi Carey, criticized Drag Race producers for selective editing that made her out to be this season’s villain.
“I was so proud of this episode because I finally got to be in the top 2 after being told every week you weren’t good enough. I realized after filming All Stars….my place isn’t on this show and in front of a camera where context of a simple thing can be twisted in such a vile way,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I really sat back when they called me to be on All Stars and said, ‘this time I am going to show the world the Phi Phi so many people who have met me love and support.’ …There is no right way to handle this except stand your ground and speak up for what is right. I am tired of the hurt, heartache, pain, death threats of violence I have received because a few story producers felt it was okay to go to bed at night cozy with their paychecks from manipulated and twisting the context of my words.”
“I went into All Stars with a gleam of hope that I was going to finally have this redemption I was promised since season 4. The people that hated me before…let’s face it…they were never going to like me and that is okay, their loss not mine. But, I deserved a fair chance. From day 1 in the confessions, I told my story producer I will not say XYandZ because I did that the first time and it got me in trouble. This time, I watched myself and they still played and twisted when I am stating facts as I am playing mind games. I got in numerous arguments with her discussing how she would never understand why I am quiet or don’t talk as much as I do because I have to 100% watch what I say because of the grave I dug in season 4. She continued to say I was doing nothing but a disservice to myself by not giving them what they want. Unfortunately for her, my mom raised me that integrity and respect goes a lot farther in life than reaping joy off the misery of others.”
Many have come to Phi Phi’s defense and showered her with love and support online:
— soph the meme queen (@SophieTheFlop) September 16, 2016
@PhiPhiOhara I hope you don't get hate mail or death threats your an outstanding human being and a true artist never stop dreaming baby ?❤️U
— Stephanie La Vau (@JanakisGoddess) September 16, 2016
No queen has done anything on @RuPaulsDragRace that was THAT horrible to warrant death threats & hideous venom from supposed fans. The end.
— Pandora Boxx (@ThePandoraBoxx) September 21, 2016
“I don’t even have to words to say how sick it makes me that so-called fans of a television show could ever be so cruel,” writes Pandora Boxx. “What in the world possess someone to write such vile hateful things because of a reality competition show elimination? Or because someone acted a certain way that has been edited to tell a story. I just don’t get it. It’s just a show. You don’t know these people. You don’t know their real lives and struggles. You life wasn’t destroyed by a decision made on a “reality” television show. It just hurts my heart to see some of my friends get such shit thrown at them. If you are one of the shit throwers, you need to check your life. Or get one.”