RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under: Fans Stunned By Prince Andrew Joke
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RuPaul's Drag Race has never shied away from controversy, with the contest to find the world's next drag superstar always famously playing very close to the bone.
However, it seems the most recent Australian version of the show has pushed well beyond the boundary, with fans left open-mouthed at some of the jokes cracked at the expense of the royal family.
In the Snatch Game episode of Drag Race Down Under, drag queen Anita Wig'lit chose to impersonate Queen Elizabeth II - and was quick to make light of a number of the royals' most recent scandals.
Staying in-keeping with typical drag queen humour, Anita told RuPaul: "When somebody turns 100 I write them a letter - and when somebody turns 16 Prince Andrew writes them a text."
The joke is in reference to Prince Andrew's friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead before he faced trial for further offences in 2019.
Viewers were left aghast at the comment, taking to Twitter to express their surprise.
"That Prince Andrew text joke was next level!" said one viewer.
Another added: "I gasped so hard."
"One of the best lines in Drag Race history," a third laughed, while a fourth said: "Honestly, I'm so here for it."
Prince Andrew has previously denied all allegations about having been involved in Epstein's crimes.
Another joke in Snatch Game, a mock gameshow with a similar format to Blankety Blank where the drag queens are challenged to make the crudest comments, saw Anita joke that the advice the Queen would give to Meghan Markle: "Don't p**s me off - and wear a seatbelt."
Bizarrely, while these comments still made the UK edition of the broadcast, the BBC elected to cut another two jokes about the royals.
While the original Australian version saw Anita as the Queen ad-lib: "I wish a dingo would have taken my baby, then I wouldn't have anything to do with Prince Andrew anymore," the comment was not part of the UK broadcast.
A second in-character joke by Anita Wigl'it about Prince Philip, filmed before the Duke of Edinburgh's death, was also shown to Australian audiences but deemed inappropriate by the BBC.