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6 comments | Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Well that's what popular NY drag preformer Ericka Toure Aviance is saying after he showed up at a taping on August 12th of the self-proclaimed "Queen of All Media's" new daytime talk show along with gay singer-songwriter Adam Joseph and gay entertainer Johnny McGovern, star of Logo’s The Big Gay Sketch Show.

“I decided to get dressed for Wendy because I thought she’d appreciate it,” says Aviance, a fixture of New York City nightlife for the last decade. “It wasn’t anything outlandish: It was a black baby-doll dress, heels, tights, and standard makeup -- not even anything sparkly. It was very demure, especially for me.”

While standing in line outside the studio Wednesday morning, the group was approached by a female intern who noted the fact that Aviance was a drag queen. “She took my name down, so we thought we were about to get VIP treatment,” Aviance recalls. “After another hour we got to the door, and there’s this little white man standing there giving us the eyeball. He gets in our way to prevent us from going in, and he says, ‘You’re in violation of our no-costumes dress code. We usually don’t do this, but we know you’ve been waiting out there for a while, so we’re going to let you in. But you can’t appear on camera, and if you get up for Hot Topics or try to ask Wendy a question, you’ll be removed from the building.’

Aviance believes it wasn't about his appearance but the simple fact that he was a man in a dress. "For someone who appropriates so much gay culture, you’d think Wendy’s policies would be a little more celebratory of the community.”

The Wendy Williams show released a statement after Johnny McGovern took to his Facebook page to explain what occurred.

“Producers at The Wendy Williams Show never intended to offend Erickatoure Aviance, but the fact of the matter is that the show does request that audience members dress appropriately, not in costume-like attire. We certainly support the LGBTQ community and believe that personal style is a form of self-expression, as evidenced by our host Wendy Williams each and every day. But in this case, our staff was concerned that Erickatoure’s attire was over-the-top and would be distracting to fans at home.”

Really? If you ask me Wendy Williams ought to be happy people are showing up to sit in the audience of her show. Am I the only person who can't seem to make it through an entire episode? One drag queen should never discriminate against another. Obviously Wendy missed the memo.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Darian -

You already know I j'dore you, so I don't have to go into all that.

Now let's be clear: Wendy's show is infinitely problematic, but her chronic disease is not discrimination. It's a lack of consistent content. If you've watched the show - which I couldn't be mad if u haven't - you will know that she has some of the most consistently gay audiences of any show I've ever seen. Just yesterday - just yesterday - during yet another segment of the infamous, and often contentless, 'Ask Wendy' there was a guy in the background voguing. Down.

While I will be right on the bandwagon seeking the show's urgent need for improvement, I don't think I can agree that she is a now LGBT/Drag friendly.

Now when are we having coffee again? Lol

Love what you're doing, keep giving the people what they may never get anywhere else.



August 18, 2009 10:51 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

wendy williams stands for pure fakeness

August 18, 2009 5:09 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Miss Aviance --- please stop talking and blogging about it and GET A LAWYER! This is DISCRIMINATION. If you are a drag queen THEN the CLOTHING/ATTIRE you wore to the Wendy Williams Show IS NOT costume. Clearly the Producers and Management Team placed this clause in their rules & regulation in case of situations like this HOWEVER they let you in and FURTHER DISCRIMINATED against you by letting you in and then saying you cannot be on camera.


August 18, 2009 5:44 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Well, do you really want to go through the hassle of a lawsuit because you couldn't get on The Wendy Williams show?? There are
far more important battles facing the gay community, unless its just the possible publicity you might get that interests you, place that energy elsewhere. What would you be suing for....mental anguish and duress? Because you couldn't get on some so-so talk show? Well, ok,
but he fact that there have been gay audiences members may hurt any case you'd have.

August 18, 2009 8:54 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

This sounds like an attempt to be a publicity stunt more than anything else on Ericka Aviance's part. Word on the street is she is promoting something and was trying to get any type of publicity to get some attention to herself.

August 21, 2009 1:37 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Wendy doesn't mind regular looking gay folks at all. The problem was the "GLAM of Drag that the cameras didn't want to pick up. She'd trying to cater to a demographic that's gonna chew her up and spit her out soon enough. The LGBT community is loyal...she better choose her battles and her allys wisely. Wendy is a mess (no shade) I'm a lesbian who knows she needs a Queen on her team like yesterday.
Since when is GOSSIP demure! child stop!

August 21, 2009 2:42 PM


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