Drag Performer Fired (And Under Fire) For 'Blackface' Performance
The June 24 performance, which Daytona claims was portrayal of the psychic Miss Cleo and therefore wasn't technically "blackface," has resulted in Daytona being dropped from her plum spot as the TD Canada Trust Pride drag queen. She's also getting a lot of heat via social media.
While Daytona wants "to apologize to those I offended," she denies that she actually did anything wrong. She tells Daily Xtra:
“I asked a couple people if it was offensive because it’s not blackface in my eyes,” she says. “I went to theatre school. I know what blackface is. It was not a minstrel show. I was doing a character.
“The people I asked at Crews & Tangos thought it was hilarious that I was dressed as a big fat black woman.”
She continues, saying: “I feel that drag is supposed to be controversial, and it has been from the start. The line exists to slightly dip your toe over. Maybe I went a little too far. I didn’t think I went too far.
“The question of when is it art and when is it crossing the line can never be answered because art is all self-expression and all based on opinion. It’s a question that can never be answered.”
Before all of the backlash, Daytona apparently posted the photo with the hashtag "racist," so perhaps she had more of a sense of the controversy she was courting than she's willing to acknowledge.
So Instincters, was this "blackface" or art? Did Daytona Bitch go too far? What's your Instinct?