Sum Ting Wong Explains to Gay Times Why US Queens Won’t Understand Drag Race UK

Posted on October 30, 2019

Gay Times magazine caught up with the legendary queen to discuss her time on the series, the outpouring of love she’s received from fans and why US performers will think Drag Race UK is “really harsh.”


On how drag queens talk to each other in the UK: “No one’s being harsh for the sake of being harsh. Everyone’s critiquing because they want you to be better. If the queens said, ‘Sum Ting Wong, you look absolutely stunning, you look beautiful,’ I’d be like, ‘Why you lying though?’ In UK drag, that’s how we talk to each other. We want each other to be the best, so we’ll tell you if you look shit. We’ll tell you if your drag is mingin’. That’s how our drag community is, it seems really shady! For example, if The Vivienne didn’t like me, she wouldn’t have said a word. I have nothing but love for The Vivienne and she loves me back. It’s a very UK thing, so when the Americans see it, it comes across as really harsh!”

On how Drag Race UK will change the drag scene in Britain: Instead of everyone tongue-popping, everyone will be calling each other slags. Instead of saying “Yaaas queen!” people will be saying “Much better!” It’ll be, ‘Ooooh me tuppence is out, I’ve flashed me nunnie!’ I can’t wait for young kids to be saying that. Drag Race UK is authentically British, so I think it’s going to highlight just how great our British drag is.

On getting very emotional when she saw Geri Halliwell: “When I saw Geri Halliwell, I cried because she was my idol. You know how you don’t cry at like sad things, but you cry at weddings because they’re so lovely? Geri was saying everything to make me cry, ‘You’re so loved, you’re the embodiment of British drag, you are so warm and so loving.’ Watching it back, I felt all that love again. I could not have asked for a better send off. And I lip-synced to Spice Up Your Life in front of Geri!”

On representing Asian queens on the show: “For me personally, as someone who is of Chinese and Vietnamese descent going on a show and talking so candidly about my issues with coming out, it gave representation, which is so important. I’ve had 12-year-old kids who come from a very religious background in Birmingham messaging me saying, ‘I’m just like you. I see myself in you. Thank you for sharing your story, because I now know that I’m not alone.'”


[Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Sum Ting Wong/Twitter]

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