Disqualified “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Contestant Sherry Pie’s Appearance On “The Tamron Hall Show” Stirred Up Controversy
Just as scores of Drag Race fans were riding high on the wave of utter ridiculousness that is UK, Hun?, a RuPaul original earworm that was performed by the queens of season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (and has reached #4 on the UK charts), the recently announced appearance of Sherry Pie on The Tamron Hall Show sucked all the fun right out of the room. Sherry, real name Joey Guglielli, was disqualified from Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race after it was discovered that he had spent years catfishing young actors by posing as a casting director named Allison Mossie and “tricked them into sending money and degrading photographs under the guise of being considered for roles on stage and screen.” So far, 12 people have come forward as victims of Joey’s scheme. When S12 debuted last year, Joey had been effectively edited out of the season, and Sherry sashayed off the face of the planet. Or so we had hoped.
According to Meaww.com, Sherry’s booking on The Tamron Hall Show was met with anger and disgust, with many people on Twitter, including fellow S12 contestant Jackie Cox, asking Tamron Hall to reconsider giving an admitted sexual predator a platform upon which to redeem himself. Because let’s be honest, if Jada Pinkett-Smith won’t have you at the Red Table to talk, you’re probably beyond redemption (or too big of a WHO?).
I am publicly calling on @TamronHallShow to reconsider giving Sherry Pie access to the platform of national television to tell their side of the story without first speaking with the victims of her abuses and allowing them to weigh in on their own trauma. (1/4)
— Jackie Cox (@JackieCoxNYC) February 15, 2021
Sadly, even when you scrape the bottom of the barrel, there’s usually still a little caked-on crud around the seams that’s really hard to get out. But Tamron managed to and Joey appeared on the show as scheduled, ushering back one of the darkest periods of RPDR herstory since the time Gia Gunn decided to impersonate Cardi B.’s nail tech on Snatch Game. Tamron opened the show by explaining why we should give the barrel crud a chance to speak. TVLine reports:
Hall began Tuesday’s episode by addressing the social media backlash she’s been receiving for planning this conversation. “The very idea that I’d have Sherry Pie on … was seen by some as giving away my platform,” Hall said to the camera. “I’ve been a reporter for 30 years. I’ve interviewed rapists, I’ve interviewed murderers, I remember interviewing a woman in prison who murdered a child she was trusted to care for. It’s not giving away your platform. It’s called an interview, and people who do bad things are interviewed. R. Kelly comes to mind. That’s just one person I’m thinking who was recently interviewed on multiple platforms and shared all over social media.”
After insisting that she doesn’t give “free passes,” Hall welcomed Gugliemelli into the studio remotely.
Comparing Joey to R. Kelly is embarrassing for everyone involved, but especially for Tamron. Is she trying to get someone to roast her on Snatch Game? Why would someone do you when they could just do Jada? At any rate, TVLine reports that Joey’s attempt at redemption was a flop anyway. Joey admitted to doing the things he was accused of calling them “wrongdoings and horrible behavior” and said he was there to apologize. He also mentioned that he was “diagnosed with borderline personality disorder around the time of his disqualification” and “made vague allusions to his childhood, which included a ‘deplorable’ father and a stepfather with whom he still has a bad relationship.” Ah, UK, hun? Kidding. Bing, bang, bong, nobody curr! Save that shit for Officer Krupke.
Here’s the preview that ran, I’m sure the episode will be available to watch online soon enough.
Pic: ABC Home Entertainment