The queen of all queens has spoken!
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7 winner Monsoon Jinkx took to social media to address the current Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike in Hollywood.
In a video, the queen of all queens detailed the importance of queer artists and drag artists supporting the strikestick together and show solidarity with actors and writers advocating for better career terms – even if you’re not directly affiliated with the SAG or WGA.
“I want to talk to all of my fellow drag and queer artists, content creators and influencers,” Monsoon began. “I’m a member of SAG, so I have a vested interest in the actors and the writers’ strike right now. But I’m also a drag artist and a queer artist who’s been in this industry for 10 years now. And I know firsthand than drag performers, queer performers… we’re not taken seriously yet. Especially drag performers. A lot of times we’re treated like a novelty. We’re treated like we’re interchangeable with each other.
She continued, “I know as a drag artist and a queer artist you never know when your next gig is coming and we live off our gigs so it’s scary to turn down a job. But if a company approaches you right now to promote a new job, to act in a new job, to write for a new job, and you accept that job, you’ll be considered a “scab.” This means that SAG will no longer consider you eligible to join the Actors Union. It could affect your long-term career when this strike is over. Taking a job right now could prevent you from finding one in the future.
Monsoon further commented on how important it is for LGBTQ+ artists to stay strong right now to prove how valuable our community is to Hollywood studios.
After uploading this first video on the SAG and WGA strikea few commenters attempted to criticize Monsoon for supporting the strike, but still continuing down the road with its current Everything at Stake Tour.
Alas, it is clear that the current strike is taking place among actors who work for film and television – hence why their union is called Screen Actors Guild. This strike does not apply to live entertainment that has absolutely no connection to a major studio, movie or TV show, which is the case with Monsoon.
“There seems to be some confusion in the comments,” the double said. drag race winner explained. “I’m just going to comment in response so there’s no further confusion. The Filter The actors guild is on strike. That means no new work in TV, film, voiceover, etc. This also means that there is no promotion of new work. This does not apply to live entertainment.