While this year’s season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under has featured plenty of tense encounters and fiery confrontations, it turns out that a number of dramatic scenes have been left on the cutting room floor.
Minnie Cooper, who was sent home during the most recent episode, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that there are two major moments from her Drag Race experience that weren’t aired on TV.
The first incident occurred while filming episode three after Minnie wore a red ribbon gown on the runway as a tribute to three Sydney drag queens who died from AIDS - Caroline Clarke, Leggs Galore and Tallulah Bright.
“The AIDS dress that I wore, I went to talk about it in Untucked,” she explains. “I won’t say who it was because we’ve made amends since so I’ll just let it go, but I went to talk about it and [one contestant said], ‘Oh we heard that on the runway!’. I said, ‘But there are other people here and there's more to talk about’.
“That was what I found the most offensive thing. Like, all the other stuff I can forgive, but when it was something that was about our history… They were talking about me being a trailblazer, but the people I was talking about were the trailblazers.
“They did not let me have that conversation and I think that is just disgusting, to be honest. It’s a harsh word, but they have to live with that.”
Minnie went on to say that she found it “hard to watch” the show because so many things that happened between herself and the other queens were edited out.
“There were four of them yelling at me at one point,” she reveals. “I'm like, where’s that? Isn’t that good TV?
“I want them to be accountable for that, but it's not shown so they're not held accountable for it. Only I’m held accountable for the things I said after.”
The 50-year-old legendary performer adds that while the show was a “bucket list” opportunity for her, it ended up being nothing like she expected.
“I didn’t expect to be so isolated by the younger members of the group,” she details. “I’ve become the face of ageism, who would’ve thought!? I didn’t even know that was going to be a storyline!
“I thought I would get to share my story of what it was like to be a young boy growing up in the ‘70s and the shame that came with drag, but none of that was shown. All you saw was this cranky old man, that’s all you got to see, and that’s heartbreaking for me to watch actually.”
Minnie says she can understand why people might not like her after watching the season, but it’s important for viewers to realise that they didn’t see everything that happened during filming.
“I was in a situation where I wasn't treated very nice,” she continues. “I think when you're older, you tend to stick up for yourself, and when you stick up for yourself you do silly things like throwing people under the bus.”
‘I got portrayed like a villain’
Minnie has stayed close with fellow drag queens Yuri Guaii, Spankie Jackzon, Kween Kong, Hannah Conda, Molly Poppinz and Beverly Kills post-show, however, she has no desire to join the group chat with the entire cast.
“I’m going to be completely transparent,” she says. “They’re all saying ‘Oh come and join the group’. Well, I wasn’t part of the group while I was on the show, why would I want to be part of the group now?
“I find that a bit hypocritical. It’s like, you didn’t like me on the show, so why do you want me to be a part of it now? Why couldn’t you treat me like that when we were on that show, which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some of us?”
Speaking about a potential future in the Drag Race franchise after competing in season two, Minnie admits it's difficult to think about whether she’d ever return for All Stars.
“It's so tricky. Of course, I would like to come back because I love drag and I love what I do, but am I making a mistake?” she remarks.
“I feel like I got portrayed like a villain, and there’s more to me than just that. Out of all those four episodes, there were two I was in conflict and in the third episode I was barely shown. The first episode was my best episode.
“But they’re all parts of me. I’m not denying that, I am confrontational,” she shares. “It was great TV, but did I think I was going to be part of it? No way!”
RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under airs only on Stan with new episodes dropping on Saturdays at 4pm.
Never miss a thing. Sign up to Yahoo Lifestyle’s daily newsletter.
Or if you have a story idea, email us at email@example.com.