Oh here we go again.
A “female drag queen” claims Virgin Atlantic dropped her from a gay pride advertisement after finding out she was really a woman and not a man in drag.
Lacey McFadyen, who uses the stage name Lacey Lou, says the airline offered her £750 for a spot in a “remake” of the airline’s iconic 2009 TV ad which shows glamorous air hostesses walking through Gatwick Airport.to celebrate sexual diversity.
Days before the shoot Lacey McFadyen, who uses the stage name Lacey Lou was asked for a photograph “without drag make-up” and Lacey presumed it was so they’d recognize “him” when she arrived.
MaFadyen she says that shortly afterwards she received an email saying she had been dropped.
Lacey said: “I was devastated. I had cleared the filming days in my diary. I emailed asking why they had changed their mind. I got no reply. Then they called and admitted they didn’t realize I was a woman and wanted only male drag queens.
“I explained that women work as drag queens. It’s sex discrimination. I did some research and found the other acts chosen were all men.”
A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said that Lacey wasn’t rejected because of her gender, but the final choices were based on “aesthetics, ethnicity, height and performance” and added that the rest of the acts chosen were male, and the shoot wasn’t a “remake” of its famous advert but part of a campaign to celebrate next year’s World Pride with a special service called “Pride Flight” from London to New York.
Recently some biological and transgender women are claiming that that they can indeed be “Drag Queens” which have always traditionally been men dressed extravagantly as woman.
But the definition of woman dressing in same-sex drag is called a Faux queen, bio queen, diva queen or female queen and is a female performance artist who adopts the style typical of male drag queens and there is already an existing tradition of this.
A faux queen may be jocularly described as “a drag queen trapped in a woman’s body”. Other descriptions include “biologically-challenged” drag queen, “female female impersonator”, or “female impersonator impersonator”.
Can a woman be a Drag Queen? Or is it Drag Queen appropriation?
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