Fans Call ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 12 the ‘Cursed Season,’ as More Gigs Are Canceled Due to Coronavirus

There may be 13 new performers added to the Drag Race family, but these queens are already facing some challenges. There’s the coronavirus pandemic, one performer’s disqualification, and now, some canceled live performances. Still, these queens are making the best of the situation, showcasing their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent online. 

The cast of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 12
The cast of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 12 | Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

Season 12 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ debuted around the same time as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Just as Drag Race season 12 premiered, the coronavirus surge reached the United States. That didn’t stop new episodes from debuting on VH1 Friday nights. There, 13 contestants showcased their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent in an attempt to win the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”

Some of the queens even shared their daily routines on the Drag Race Twitter account, promoting social distancing. Jackie Cox is organizing her drag, writing new shows, catching up with friends on the phone, and listening to podcasts. Rock M. Sakura is working, texting, drawing, watching anime, and doing squats.

No matter. Some of the Drag Race queens have taken their talents online. Jackie Cox, in addition to some of the show’s alumni, are taking part in a digital drag festival, which takes place from the end of March through April.

'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 12 contestants
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 12 contestants | Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

One of the contestants from season 12 is already disqualified

Due to a Buzzfeed News article and multiple people coming forward, one of the contestants from season 12 is not eligible for the crown. Each week before the episode airs, an announcement comes across the screen, reminding viewers that she is disqualified. However, the season airs pretty much as planned, out of respect for the other queens. 

RuPaul and the crew have not yet filmed the finale for this season, but it’s safe to assume this person, no matter how far they get in the competition, will not be there. The producers also decided to make a $5000 donation to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that works with LGBTQ youth.

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Viewers shared their support for the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 12 contestants

Since season 12 premiered, some fans shared their love for these superstars online. Even former Drag Race contestants even took to social media, sharing their support for their new sisters. 

“One final thought: I’ve said this to the few girls that I do know a bit on the show, but I wanna let all of the 12 girls know how much I commend them for handling everything that has been thrown at them this season so well,” season 5 and All-Stars 2 contestant, Detox, tweeted.

“With the controversy, and now the cancellations due to the pandemic, I could not imagine how disappointing and upsetting this must be. Your grace and optimism has truly been refreshing to see. I hope you’re all taking this in as much as possible and enjoying it as much as you can! Big love to you all,” she continued.

New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 premiere on VH1 Friday nights. Until then, fans can watch already released episodes on VH1.com.