RuPaul's Drag Race eliminee on failing a Mariah Carey challenge: I said 'Do we know her?'

Warning: This text incorporates main spoilers relating to the newest version of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11. Learn forward at your personal danger!

If not for her record-breaking stash of No. 1 hits, her capacity to befriend mammalian creatures of the deep, or the huge influence she’s had on music throughout her 30-year profession, worldwide recording legend Mariah Carey is understood for that point she iconically shaded Jennifer Lopez by telling an inquisitive journalist, “I don’t know her.”

Thursday’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11, nevertheless, noticed a workforce of competing queens blanking on key parts of Carey’s existence throughout an appearing problem requiring them to pay tribute to the celebrity’s legacy on a mock evangelical speak present.

In the long run, it was New York Metropolis-based performer Honey Davenport — drag mom of All-Stars four champion Monét X Change — who sashayed away following her staff’s abysmal efficiency, throughout which Ra’Jah O’Hara referred to former Carey supervisor Tommy Mottola as “Timmy Mottola” after A’Keria Chanel Davenport confused the 2001 cinematic masterpiece Glitter with Whitney Houston’s 2012 musical Sparkle.

Shortly after Honey separated from the Drag Race comb by way of an unprecedented six-queen lip-sync, EW chatted with the dearly departed queen about her Woman Gaga-inspired runway outfit, how she felt when RuPaul gave her wild lip-sync strikes that look on the runway, and whether or not this ordeal has lastly impressed her to earn a diploma from the Establishment of the Emancipation of Mimi.

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 returns Thursday at 9 p.m. on VH1. Learn on for EW’s full exit interview with Honey Davenport.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hello Honey! How are you holding up as we speak?HONEY DAVENPORT: I’m actually excited for what’s to return in my life. I don’t assume that is troublesome. Earlier than this episode, I DJ’ed at TRL. That’s a dream!

What else is coming for you?They despatched the hardest-working woman house! my visible EP referred to as Uncooked and Unfiltered which I’m releasing in items over the remainder of the season, displaying the runway seems to be I would’ve worn with songs I’ve written that have been impressed by them what it’s wish to be a queer individual of shade in America…. It’s all popping out in 30-second clips that I’ve made for every track as a result of I didn’t win $100,000, so I can’t make costly music movies simply but…. I even have my new YouTube present referred to as Da F—okay? It’s a present the place we speak about headlines and loopy subjects…. it comes out each different Friday as a YouTube collection and the full-length comes out as a podcast.

I’m glad to see you’re hitting the bottom operating, as a result of on Untucked you have been so crushed after the elimination that you simply fell to the bottom!I’ve undoubtedly modified these tears into artwork. I’ve all the time felt like I was going to get to RuPaul’s Drag Race and that the entire world would get me, they usually didn’t, however it’s nice as a result of I’ve been misunderstood for 33 years of my life and it’s solely pushed me additional.

What did you need individuals to lastly get that you simply didn’t get to point out?
I want I’d spoken extra on the platforms I struggle for. I have insane nervousness, and being there felt like a continuous efficiency, so I felt a lot of hysteria. I didn’t really feel like I was talking up concerning the points which are necessary to me. I like to make use of my drag as a platform for the unvoiced; for ladies, individuals of shade, and people who aren’t being heard. As a result of the entire world’s eye is tuned in to RuPaul’s Drag Race proper now and we have so many issues on the planet with nobody preventing towards them, I went there hoping to make use of this platform to open up conversations about how we’re treating ladies and other people of colour in our group.

I’m glad you’re having the dialog now, and the present is a heightened model of actuality, so I think about it’s robust. I additionally think about it’s robust to be eradicated so quickly after your drag daughter Monét X Change gained All-Stars four.No, it’s a competitors! I’ve gained 18 pageants…. It’s simply a gamble of the sport. How nicely you do on Drag Race doesn’t outline how nice of an entertainer you’re. It’s a enjoyable tv present…. I’m completely happy Monét gained, and honestly I really feel like a winner now. I wouldn’t have been capable of do these tasks a yr in the past; this has opened me as much as so many prospects for what my future could possibly be.

Since this episode, have you ever additionally opened as much as the potential for brushing up on up-and-coming, underground artist Mariah Carey? Truthfully, okay, I am a fan of Mariah Carey’s music, however I know I didn’t have sufficient perception on her life! As an artist, I’ve all the time simply been targeted on her artwork. Going into this problem, I knew I didn’t have any concept of how she treats her tremendous followers or how she lives her life as a result of I’ve all the time been extra invested in Mariah Carey as a singer and artist…. Nevertheless, you higher belief and consider that I got here again house and was like, let me simply in case.

Did you know about the entire “I don’t know her” meme the place she shades Jennifer Lopez? That made the Mariah Carey workforce lip-syncing to a Jennifer Lopez music on the finish additional hilarious.That’s actually hilarious, however I didn’t know about that meme . My artwork has all the time been contained inside New York Metropolis. I’ve all the time been the New York Metropolis — I hate to say “legend,” as a result of it makes me really feel previous — however I’ve all the time been the New York Metropolis doll who hasn’t been targeted on the remainder of the world, and this made me speak in confidence to the significance of social media and the way disconnected I’ve been within the New York Metropolis bubble. is a track I’m going to listen to at a bar each night time for the remainder of my life.

I know you know your workforce tousled. However I’m questioning why you all didn’t converse up extra to shift the group’s focus to a different diva — particularly after Ru advised you to!I undoubtedly spoke up a couple occasions and said, “Do we know her? Do we want to switch it?” However it wasn’t till the center of the problem…. Nevertheless, I was making an attempt to be a good staff participant. I was truly going via a actually exhausting time in my life when I went to Drag Race. I was homeless, I was in a huge debate with my husband, one in every of my mentors…. was in a coma. It was the strangest time, however you don’t say “RuPaul, I’m not really in a good place right now, I can’t come to Drag Race.” I wasn’t in a place of defending or standing up for myself and even justifying my artwork.

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Have these conditions gotten higher for you?
Type of. I did discover an condo, however I lately found my roommates are heroin addicts, so I have to maneuver once more! However the factor is I will manage to pay for to maneuver someplace nice due to RuPaul’s Drag Race! It labored out: My relationship with my husband labored out and my mentor got here out of a coma and is doing higher every single day. My nervousness is a actual difficulty that I haven’t addressed, however I began in search of remedy…. So when I got here residence I was capable of cope with a few of these internal points that have been stopping me from being the best performer I might be. I’m in a stronger place than I’ve ever been.

It should’ve been intimidating, as a result of I’ve by no means seen Ru as seemingly irritated as she was earlier than placing your entire workforce within the backside. You guys pushed her buttons if you all blamed the staff as an alternative of people. You have been the one one responsible your self.I undoubtedly really feel like I ought to’ve picked a totally different reply. I ought to have said, “I’m the only one who said we don’t know enough about Mariah!” I guess I wouldn’t take again that call, truly…. the judges went down the road and I keep in mind considering every decide felt like Ra’Jah and I did the worst, and that Ra’Jah by some means did higher within the part that I did…. So I was identical to, that is my fault, and if I didn’t take duty for one thing that was my fault, I wouldn’t be the Honey Davenport I’m proud to be. I didn’t converse up within the battle, which is a actual drawback on this world. You’ll be able to’t let individuals simply drag you alongside, and for these causes I deserved to go to ship a message to folks that whenever you’re not feeling one thing — particularly when it includes your artwork — pivot and determine it out, however all the time be sure to look your greatest; I didn’t do this!

That look RuPaul was supplying you with when you have been lip-syncing, I’ve by no means seen her watch a lip-sync with that look on her face earlier than. Did you discover that she sort of had that “displeased” look on her face whereas watching you?Woman, I was in my zone! I’m a recording artist, so when I’m lip-syncing I be certain that I have a connection to the music the best way I’d have with my very own, and the place I was that day and all these emotions I had, I was extra making an attempt to carry out the music in my distinctive type, and I didn’t discover that RuPaul didn’t obtain that nicely…. However I assume that RuPaul will get me. I really feel like I acquired probably the most unimaginable mentor and drag mom ever! There have been 5 different individuals on that stage, so might’ve been directed in the direction of any one in every of us!

No matter what occurred, you’ll all the time be a legend for that Woman Gaga runway look! I simply need to make clear: on the present you said it was her “Angel Down” look from the Joanne Tour, however it jogs my memory extra of the look she did for the “John Wayne” video.I didn’t categorical it proper…. It’s a mixture of Woman Gaga’s “Angel Down” look — the underside of one in every of her jackets from the Joanne Tour, which was shredded denim — and Beyonce’s “Formation” . One way or the other, I solely appeared to say “Angel Down” as a part of what I was referencing, however because the season continues and I launch all of my runway seems to be, you’ll see that each one of them are ideas. They aren’t simply fairly issues; they’re issues that said one thing concerning the America I need to see, and each of these items of music converse to social points I’d wish to deal with.

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