RuPaul’s Drag Race is currently in its 12th season, and one of its queens Sherry Pie is being accused of catfishing not one, but FIVE aspiring actors he worked with during his time at SUNY Cortland in New York and a theater company in Nebraska. And the details may make you say, “Sherry Pie, please sashay to the jailhouse!”
According to BuzzFeed News Sherry Pie (Government name: Joey Gugliemelli) has been deceiving young actors for quite a few years with his catfishing skills. But the lengths he went to in an attempt to see a bunch of hot guys do weird shit on camera is just wrong.
At least five aspiring young actors told BuzzFeed News a contestant on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race catfished them over several years via email, posing as a casting director who led them to submit embarrassing audition tapes of themselves saying and doing degrading things.
One of the young men said he even agreed to masturbate on camera as part of the audition process.
Apparently Joey has never heard of OnlyFans because these antics have landed him in a world of trouble. Many of the men he catfished have spoken out and they are not happy about being deceived by him. One of his victims, Ben Shimkus, was so enraged by Joey’s disrespect he posted a status to his Facebook page calling him out. This led to him sending incriminating emails to BuzzFeed, including one where Joey (as Allison Mossie) requested an audition for a nonexistent upcoming project called Bulk.
Shimkus was encouraged to send in videos of himself reading excerpts from the Bulk script, which he was told was still being developed. In the videos, he pretended to take steroids and spoke of enjoying the smell of his sweaty armpits. “I remember feeling kind of embarrassed about what I was recording,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I would record entirely by myself and do it in my off-campus house exclusively when I was alone.”
“It was very damaging to me at the time,” he said.
More men have spoken out about how Joey violated them and in an attempt to quiet the chaos Joey released a statement which read in part;
I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed and disgusted I am with myself. I know that the pain and hurt that I have caused will never go away and I know that what I did was wrong and truly cruel. Until being on RuPaul’s Drag Race, I never really understood how much my mental health and taking care of things meant. I learned on that show how important “loving yourself” is and I don’t think I have ever loved myself. I have been seeking help and receiving treatment since coming back to NYC.
Clearly this is the type of thing he will never be able to live down, but maybe if he switches his drag up he’ll be able to perform again without people hissing and cursing at him. Stay tuned for “Harry Die” on Drag Race 13.
UPDATE: Vh1 and World of Wonder released a statement saying that Sherry Pie has been dropped from Drag Race and won’t be in the finale.
“In light of recent developments and Sherry Pie’s statement, Sherry Pie has been disqualified from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned. Sherry will not appear in the grand finale scheduled to be filmed later this spring.”