Asia O’Hara stunned the crowd during last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race finale when she opened her costume’s top to reveal, well, a bunch of dead butterflies.
What was supposed to be an epic moment during her lip synch to “Nasty” by Janet Jackson quickly went downhill, and viewers were horrified as some of the butterflies fell to the floor and Asia even stepped on them as she danced.
Asia spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the disaster, explaining, “It wasn’t a careless act. I have the utmost respect for everything that draws breath and would never purposely hurt a butterfly or any animal. I rehearsed with a professional company that specializes in safe butterfly releases and the moment was intended to be an amazing display of optimism as well as a surprise for everyone involved, including the audience, production, and the network.”
Even PETA released a statement regarding the butterfly fail.
"When performers use live animals as props, nobody wins. Asia O’Hara has apologized for this misguided stunt, and PETA hopes the sad spectacle will sway the show to adopt a policy that bans all live animals and stops lip syncs from being literally killer,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said.
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