Season 2 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race is blasted after comments on suicide
Tyra Sanchez, the season 2 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race is digging in her heels after being blasted over her insensitive remarks regarding suicide.
After someone tweeted her this…
… Sanchez responded with this...
The exchange immediately sparked outrage causing many to blast Sanchez. Things only got worse after she said “I have no sympathy for people who take their own lives.”
Later in a more detailed post on Facebook she explained her comments using her own personal struggles of growing up bullied and her own attempt to commit suicide to illustrate her point.
Here’s an excerpt:
I will not apologize for my opinion. It's my opinion and I'm entitled to it. I have no sympathy for people who take their own lives. I believe they are cowards that just gave in and gave up. My sympathy goes to the families they left behind. The ones that are still here suffering.
I was bullied for all of my life. My nickname at school was Gay James (BTW I didn't identify as gay at the time). People taunted me. I wouldn't even go to the school bus stop because I was afraid. I'd wait on the porch until I saw the bus and then I'd run to it when I saw it coming. All the while wishing for a seat near the driver so that someone could protect me.
At age 16 I was thrown out of the house. HOMELESS. I worked two jobs while in high school in order to pay for the hotel I was living in. Did I give up? No. Was I depressed? Extremely! But I kept going until one day I ended up on a little show called RuPaul's Drag Race.
After winning drag race I was bombarded with tons of hate mail from people all over the world because their favorite queen didn't win. Such rude things that you could never imagine from people who I never even met. Of course I became depressed and one lonely night in Toronto, Canada I attempted to end my life. Had I succeeded, I too would have been a coward. Giving up because of what other people said to me. Instead I fought for my life and my own happiness. I learned to ignore such ignorance from humans.
Everyday since RuPaul's Drag Race aired I (and many other contestants) continue to receive death threats, mean tweets and flat out hate from everyone including you.
Yet I always ignore it, until last week.