by Tanner Stransky
Well, no one saw this one coming — except for maybe Willam herself.
“Will you please step forward?” RuPaul asked the controversial queen at the very end of last night’s new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race,
sending what should have been the routine elimination of Phi Phi O’Hara
or Sharon Needles into a totally different — and weird — direction.
It was only
after Willam — who was actually the winner of the night’s fremeny
challenge, alongside partner Latrice Royale — came back to the front of
the stage that — SPOILER ALERT — it was revealed that
she was being disqualified from the show. “It has come to my attention
that you have broken the rules,” RuPaul told Willam. “Your actions have
consequences, and I’m afraid I have no choice.”
There were several very odd parts to the whole episode-ending
sequence: Just minutes before this shocking revelation, Willam took a
moment to step to the edge of the runway and puke — in front of her
fellow contestants and the judging panel.
(Disqualified because she
barfed in public?) And then, after she was kicked off the show, there
was no explanation about what rules she had broken, by her or RuPaul or
anyone connected with the show.
In fact, Willam seemed flip about the whole situation. “I broke the
rules,,” she said on the episode, before rubbing her butt on the mirror
in the workroom where she also left a goodbye message for her fellow
contestants, “but I’m a big boy dressed in big girls clothes. Regrets
kind of like a fool’s game. I can’t change anything that I did, and
there’s no point in dwelling on it.” The good news? Phi Phi O’Hara and —
bless, bless, bless! — Sharon Needles are safe.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, everyone will be dying to know: What happened with the disqualification?
WILLAM BELLI: Oh, f—, I didn’t win?
You’re pulling the funny here, but what really happened?
What do you think I did?
I don’t know — you were barfing there on the runway. Are you bulimic and that’s against the rules?
Here’s the thing: I had an abortion. The anesthesia just made me sick. I
will say this: I wasn’t caught doing anything. Everything that I did, I
admitted and I brought to everyone’s attention.
Why do you have to be cryptic about what happened on last night’s episode?
Oh, no, no — not at all. We don’t have to be cryptic. It’s my choice. I
want people to keep tuning in. Maybe watch me at the reunion.
So, we’ll find out what happens at the reunion?
Yeah, or maybe everyone should write into the network and say, “We want
Willam — give him his own show!” Or, some bulls— like that, “Put him on Drag U!” That kind of crap.
Was this all a plan to garner publicity?
I don’t know! It seemed like my schedule was quite jam-packed, like I
was in New York doing an off-Broadway show the next week. I have no
idea. Like, I’m going to leave all these answers up to wiser men than I
at the network. I do like the fact that they didn’t make it seem like I
got caught doing something, like my hand was in the cookie jar.
Everything that I did on that show was pretty much in character, except
for when I cried.
What happened there?
I was so p—ed that they got that. The crying thing, it was weird because
it actually happened when I came back out on stage — it wasn’t after
they said I was safe. You can’t make everything flow the way it should
for a 42 minute show without some editing. So I totally understand, and I
applaud them for that, and it’s helped to mold me as great reality TV
fodder. But I’m 100 percent fine with the editing, and I do like that
they didn’t make it look like I did something bad. They didn’t say that I
fessed up to anything, but they said that there were rules broken.
Was what you did bad?
If I was good at what I was doing — which they considered “bad” — is it
still considered “bad”? I’m trying not to be an a–hole here, but it’s
not working out very well.
Outside of this incident, did you think you had a good chance of winning?
I think I won. Didn’t I? Phi Phi O’Hara says that “everyone is a winner
just by being on the show.” So I think I’m a winner, right? Yeah. No, I
thought the front runner this year was RuPaul because she’s won every
other year. She’s the only one that gets residuals, so good on her.
What do you think of your portrayal on the show? Accurate?
Everything that they showed, I did. The one thing I don’t like is they showed talk about Sex & the City
a lot. I was an extra on that when I was 16. They cut out every other
reference to other things that I’m actually proud of, like Nip/Tuck.
I did five episodes of that and got to work with [series creator] Ryan
[Murphy]. That was awesome. I just did a movie that was nominated for
Emmys on HBO last year, Cinema Verite, where I got to sing and
dance and die and it was amazing. They tried to make me look like I was
more into myself than I had the allowance to be, if that makes sense.
Every single girl who was on that show wanted to be on TV, just like me.
So I don’t understand why I got s— for saying I was on TV…when asked!
When someone says, “I recognize you,” I’ll say, “Congratulations on
having a TV.” It’s a little joke.
That was a great line — very funny.
I’m a comedian. It’s what I do!
You have to fit into a reality show character role, right?
It was quite obvious from that moment that people knew I was in character, you know? I’m really happy with everything.
Are you rooting for a particular queen for the win?
[Drag Race judge] Michelle Visage! She was one of the only
people who was honest with me about my makeup. I just didn’t see a five
o’clock shadow sometimes until I was on stage after the lip-synch,
touching up my makeup. There was this moment where I looked up, and I
saw it, and I pointed to my face and then at her, and I was like, “I got
you. I know exactly what you’re talking about.” In this episode, there
is no beard — it’s gorgeous and flawless. Michelle said on stage, she
was like, “You look great. This is beautiful.” It was nice. All I wanted
on that show was to raise my profile a little bit because I wasn’t
getting in for parts. Shangela and Chris Crocker got parts over me
because they said I wasn’t enough of a name. I’ve been working for 10
years, and they wouldn’t audition me.
Have you noticed any difference so far since the show began?
Yes. This is the busiest pilot season I’ve ever had in my life.
Anything you want to tell your fans or viewers out there?
To quote RuPaul: “It’s now available on iTunes.” I would love for people to download my music on iTunes — it’s called “Trouble.” Because I’m a big, bad troublemaker.
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