One of the more unique, animated and opinionated girls to be on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in recent ‘herstory,’ Acid Betty’s time came when she failed to deliver a strong impersonation of TV journalist Nancy Grace during the infamous “Snatch Game” episode. byteclay.com caught up with the Brooklyn queen following her elimination, when she named names and spilled the tea about her time on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Examiner: First, thank you for not wearing a kimono for your Madonna look on the runway. What happened there?
Betty: I don’t know, I thought we were a bunch of really creative dudes. I didn’t get the memo about the kimono. I did a kimono on “Project Runway,” I can’t do that on TV again. That would just be embarrassing. [Madonna has] a lot of looks, and a lot of iconic looks. I was talking to Michelle [Visage], and she was even kind of surprised that no one did just a straight up impersonation of [Madonna]. No one came out just looking like her. I think she was kind of alluding to me though, she was kind of looking at me longingly. I’m like I don’t look like Madonna, what are you talking about?
byteclay.com: What was going through your mind when you got eliminated?
Betty: I quite honestly believed that I was never in a competition between the girls, that I was always doing my own thing. And I think they should all have believed that as well. So I felt even when I was at the bottom being eliminated, I thought if they really want me here and really believe I have something, they’ll keep me. And if they don’t, they don’t and they didn’t.
byteclay.com: Do you have any regrets?
Betty: Not really, I think I did pretty well.
byteclay.com: What challenges were your most looking forward that you think you would have killed had you been there?
Betty: I got to do the ones that I wanted to do, which was the unconventional challenge [and a] dancing one. I was scared about one [they did in season four] where they had breast plates and they were all dancing in a wet t-shirt contest, I was like if they do that I will die.
byteclay.com: If you could say something to any of the judges now, what would you say to them?
Betty: [I’d say] thank you, they were great. Even Michelle [Visage], I spoke to her after on [her webseries] “Whatcha Packin’,” and we discussed some of the comments and she just explained she had a job to do. You can’t have all the judges saying you’re amazing because then it’s a boring show…unless you’re Bob [The Drag Queen].
byteclay.com: So do you think some of the queens are judged a little less harshly than others?
Betty: Absolutely, yes. It’s not just editing, they are. Even Robbie [Turner] was doing something and said, “I wish I knew what rules I was playing by.”
byteclay.com: Do you want to name any names for queens you think were judged less harshly than others?
Betty: Bob, Kim Chi, Naomi [Smalls].
Examiner: Do you feel any differently about the Brooklyn drag scene since the comments you made on the show?
Betty: I think [things for me have] changed a little bit. I think some of them recognized that what I was saying was true to them as well. I think they were all kind of ‘Judgey McJudgey’ because I was a queen who worked in Manhattan and never in Brooklyn and they just put me somewhere else. Then once they saw me on TV and they realized I had the same thought as they did, then all of a sudden they were like “hey you should come work with us.”
byteclay.com: What’s next for you?
Betty: Hopefully moving into the art world, doing some work in art galleries and taking my drag beyond just on me and hair and make-up. [I’m also] on the road all the way until October or November. I leave tomorrow for “Divas of Drag” for five shows, and then I do White Party in Orlando and [Europe] after that. I hope to when I get [put a] little show together to take that on the road, obviously doing a bus [and] being real old school about. [I’ll also] be at DragCon [May 7th and 8th in Los Angeles]. I’m getting my own booth too so I’m actually planning to up the ante and make my booth really cool and bizarre.
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The next all new “RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs April 11th at 9/8c on Logo, when the library is once again open as the queens read each other before they take a trip to Oz with the cast of “Little Women L.A.” The premiere of RuPaul’s new game show “Gay For Play” immediately follows the episode. For a Sneak Peak of the next episode of “Drag Race,” please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_b6KLDPtkU