Old pictures of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under contestant Scarlet Adams performing in blackface and other culturally insensitive outfits have emerged online. The pictures, shared by legendary Aboriginal drag queen Felicia Foxx, shine a light on a history of problematic attire worn by the Perth queen.
On Friday Felicia Foxx posted problematic images Scarlet Adams onto their account, calling them out for their past decisions.
“I apologise in advance as some of this content can be distressing, I deeply feel for every single culture that is disrespected in these pictures,” wrote Foxx on Instagram.
“It makes me sick to my core to see numerous people in the LGBTQ+ community who are profiting off of making a mockery and disrespecting peoples cultures.
“My people & our culture is not a joke for anyone, especially privileged dominating cultures to make a mockery out of us!!!!”
However, the post was deleted by Instagram, and Foxx had to repost the entire thing.
“DONT SILENCE ME BY REMOVING MY POST‼️ HOW DARE YOU remove my post and my voice. I am not sending hate mail nor abusing anyone I’m utilising my platform for good!!!” they wrote in the repost.
You can view the images of Scarlet Adams below. The following images may be distressing for some people.
Instagram user @beep_boop13 (Jorgen Woods) also posted images of Scarlet Adams’ history of culturally insensitive performances, which you can see below.
Woods also posted a screenshot of messages between them and an individual who claims to have watched Scarlet Adams perform.
The messages alleged that during the performance, Adams used derogatory terms against Aboriginal peoples.
Woods also brought to light the fact that in 2015, Adams impersonated former SBS newsreader and Indonesian-born Australian woman Lee Lin Chin at The Court Hotel.
At the time of writing, the video is still up on YouTube.
On June 5, 2020, Scarlet Adams addressed her past on Facebook, saying that they were “ignorant”, “young” and “so fucking stupid.”
The apology has been reposted on Adams’ Instagram highlight titled “Atonement”.
Now that the pictures have emerged again, Adams has posted a brand new apology.
“In recent days, I have heard stories repeated about my past,” they wrote.
“There is no way to sugar-coat it, when I was a teenager roughly 8 years ago I performed in blackface/cultural appropriation.”