This weekend during Saturday Night Live‘s season finale, LGBTQ-friendly pop star Katy Perry presented a live-performance of her new single “Bon Appetit,” which featured some New York City drag queens seated around the rap trio Migos. A few days later, several gay blogs circulated a rumor that Migos had refused to perform with the queens. However, several of the participating queens have refuted the rumor as have representatives for Migos and Perry.
Before we get into the rumor-mongering, let’s watch the performance:
The rumors started with a now-deleted article that contained three anonymous quotes, allegedly taken from two unnamed drag queens and a Saturday Night Live employee, that Migos didn’t “feel comfortable” performing alongside drag queens.
Here’s what one of the queens reportedly said:
“I was one of the performers on that table with them the whole time, during the rehearsal for 3 days. On the day of the filming, when I got there, I was told to leave. I wasn’t on the set at the time, but we were asking what happened. They said it was because Migos doesn’t feel comfortable with having drag queens there.”
The Saturday Night Live employee (SNL) reportedly said:
“I work at SNL and the rumors are true! Migos held up rehearsal because they ‘weren’t comfortable with the drag queens’ being there. There were initially more drag queens on the set for that song, but after Migos threw a fit, Katy Perry’s team removed some of the queens from the performance. Additionally, Katy Perry didn’t invite any of the queens to the afterparty… So, none of them were allowed in.”
After the rumors of Migos’ alleged discomfort broke, one of the queens, Brita Filter, who appears in pink and yellow on the left side of the video above, said, “There was no drama with Migos.”
“It was incredible performing with Katy Perry. She wanted to have all walks of life at the table. I was happy to represent all the drag queens. There was numerous changes throughout the rehearsal process. They chose to have only people of color at the table.”
Strangely, another drag queen Jesse Havae reportedly claimed on Facebook that she “was the only drag queen in the damn number,” adding, “Y’all! There is no drama with Migos…. I don’t know why this is a thing.”
A third queen, Scarlet Envy, refuted claims that the performing queens weren’t paid, and a fourth, Lil’ Miss Hot Mess, said that performers were invited to the afterparty. Many more drag queens appeared alongside Perry on the same episode of SNL when she performed her song “Swish, Swish.”
A representative for Katy Perry told SPIN magazine, “the story is false.” A representative for Migos told the Atlanta Journal Constitution “[the story is] completely false and fabricated.”
At this point, it’s not entirely clear how many queens appeared alongside Migos during SNL or how many went to the afterparty, but its likely that some of these allegations originated from homophobic comments Migos made in February 2017 to Rolling Stone.
At the time, they declared the support for recently out rapper iLoveMakonnen “fucked up” and “not right.” Soon after, the rap trio released a statement saying, “[We’re] fans of Makonnens music and we wish he didn’t feel like he ever had to hide himself. We love all people, gay or straight and we apologize if we offended anyone.”