Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the western world, celebrities with noticeable young followings have decided to ignore it and appropriate social distancing measures, and continue to keep partying on 🙄. We saw this with Logan Paul, James Charles, Dixie D’Amelio, and TikTok teens crowding inside mansion parties without masks, and then again with Doja Cat, Jaden Smith, Hailey Bieber, and more at Kendall Jenner’s 25th birthday party. And now, disappointingly, some of your RuPaul’s Drag Race faves are breaching COVID-19 social distancing measures and partying in the middle of a pandemic, too.
Per GaysOverCovid, over the New Year’s Eve weekend, a number of people from the U.S. attended a gay circuit party in Puerto Vallera, Jericho, Mexico, despite the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warning people to limit their non-essential travel and stay tf home.
What is GaysOverCovid?
GaysOverCovid is an Instagram account aimed at calling out gay men who are partying and attending large social gatherings in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The account details the personal information of attendees and reposts their images from the event. From circuit parties in Florida to Americans partying it up in South America, it’s the spicy tea spilling gay drama of our COVID-19-affected lives.
In response, a Facebook group called CircuitBitch.com (Let’s Go) issued a $500 bounty on the identity of the person behind GaysOverCovid. “Let it be known we are coming for them,” the faux warrant reads. Srsly, you can’t make this shit up.
As of publishing, the United States alone has reported 21 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. So, while some of the attendees told the Los Angeles Blade and Rolling Stone that they tested negative for COVID-19 before flying, the decision to recklessly fly and party during a pandemic is a privileged one and inappropriate. To make it worse, per Rolling Stone, hospital beds in Jericho are at 100 percent capacity, and events are limited to eight people. Earlier this week, 60 people attended a gay cruise ship party in Puerto Vallera. Then, it sank.
But, beyond that, we have to give a humble shoutout to GaysOverCovid for leading others to this next juicy piece of gossip: a number of RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni attended the Puellerto Vallera circuit party. Truly, yikes.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens Who Are Partying During COVID-19
In the background of a video of shirtless men partying it up without masks, you can see season 11’s Vanessa “Miss Vanjie” Matteo and Silky Nutmeg Ganache and someone that looks like Yara Sofia—you can see that clip here. In the clip, it appears Vanjie, who is out of drag, realises that they’re on film, before whispering something to Silky and the pair then try to hide their face from the camera.
In early December last year, Shangela launched her own line of hand sanitisers. Four weeks later, she was spotted on someone’s IG Story partying it up in Puerto Vallera.
Elsewhere, All Stars 4 winner Trinity the Tuck said in a now-deleted Twitter thread that her drag performances should be considered an essential service—Aka in the same breath of severity and importance as health workers and supermarkets. “My job is no different than a server or someone who works retail or at a grocery store,” she wrongly wrote.
When people who were affected by the pandemic replied that they were offended by her comments, Trinity blocked them. She renamed her Twitter to Trinity the Block, continuing to ignore criticisms about her comments. Then, once her season 9 and All Stars 4 sister, Farrah Moan chimed in, she blocked her, too.
“Being a nightlife entertainer is NOT an essential job,” replied Farrah. “None of us can pay our bills right now. It is so unimaginably selfish to put people’s health at risk for a gig when literally everyone’s trying to do their part and hospitals are starting to overfill.”
“I’m actually genuinely surprised,” Farrah wrote after being blocked. “I tried to word everything as respectful as possible—literally I know people who are barely holding onto their lives right now in ICUs and LA county has zero beds available in the hospitals. This is the worst the pandemic has been since it began.”
In the words of the pageant queen herself, all of this really is “um, no ma’am.”
So, uh, what does this all mean?
Well, in times like this, it’s important to hold people in power and of cultural influence accountable—and that includes your favourite reality TV famous drag queens. Yes, it sucks that we can’t go out and pull up at FOMO or Laneway, but partying during a pandemic is really not it.
Outside of Victoria, we’ve been incredibly lucky in Australia, but please, do not follow in the footsteps of Vanessa Vanjie Matteo, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Shangela or, Trinity. To quote Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead, “Stay at home, have a cup of tea and wait for this whole thing to blow over.”