A vacation resort in Hawaii is trying to distance themselves from a person who performed in a drag pageant while wearing blackface.
Kauai Beach Resort hosted “A Show Fit for a Queen” charity event last Friday. Although most of the contestants were drag queens, there was one drag king called “male impersonator Muddy, the King of Memphis.”
In a Facebook clip of Muddy’s performance, the blackface wearing minstrel character begins a performance which lasted less than a minute before they were yanked off stage.
“The organizers did cut the spotlight and music about 45 seconds into their performance,” Gary Clayton Brown wrote on the Facebook post. “It looked like this person had two other numbers on the set list but they cut them from the show.”
Matt Sagum, who promoted the show, said he was the one responsible for getting Muddy out of sight.
“I arrived 20 minutes late. When I got backstage I didn’t notice her at first. Once I got settled in, I looked up and saw. One of the other Queens pulled me aside and was like ‘wtf is that?! To which I had no response other than ‘that is not going to fly’,” Sagum wrote on Facebook.
“By the time this conversation ended it was my turn to go on stage. I finished my number and immediately went to the show organizer. I told her either Muddy goes or the rest of us are out of here. The organizer had her leave and the rest of the numbers were cancelled.”
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