EDITOR'S NOTE 1/25/21: I made a return to this page to fix some things because at the time, I only knew from a couple of clips and such. I did eventually find a couple more and I can't say they're entirely lost because someone can just take the clips and recreate the episode with some clips. I can say they're either partially lost or partially found. What remains lost are the original broadcasted episodes on VH1, like someone using the VCR to record an episode. That has yet to surface, mainly because of copyright reasons, and some of her confessionals remain lost but others are still around. I will move this page to change the title to either partially found or partially lost.
RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series, first in the Drag Race Franchise, produced by World of Wonder for Logo TV. RuPaul plays the role of host, mentor, and head judge for this series, as contestants are given different challenges each week. RuPaul's Drag Race employs a panel of judges, including RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and a host of other guest judges, who critique contestants' progress throughout the competition.
The Sherry Pie Controversy
RuPaul's Drag Race S12 premiered on February 28th and concluded on May 29th, 2020. The season was broadcasted on VH1 in the United States and saw 13 new queens competing for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar". One of these queens who went by the name of Sherry Pie, also known as Joey Gugliemelli, would compete on the show until being disqualified on Episode 12 when she was exposed by five actors for catfishing several young gay men for giving their inappropriate audition tapes and telling them to gain some weight while going under the alias of "Allison Mossie".
On March 4th, 2020, Ben Shimkus would write a statement on Facebook telling his experience with Allison Mossie (Sherry Pie). He explains that he and Sherry attended at Cortland State University’s Musical Theatre worked together on a few projects during their time together at the University. When Sherry Pie would stop attending the university, Ben Shimkus would be reached out by a close-friend of his about an audition for a new play at the prestigious Playwright’s Horizons in New York City, he then would be given the email of "Allison Mossie" who would be seen by her and he would get contact shortly there after.
After a few weeks of exchanging conversations through email about pays, living situations in the city, the role of the character, and such. He also had to film scenes that he felt particularly sexual and awkward to film. While he didn't think nothing of it, he would eventually start to ask his friends about "Allison Mossie" and they explained that they were given the email by none other than Sherry Pie. Ben would come out about his experience with his other friends about "Allison Mossie". Another friend of his said that a person he knew had the experience with Allison Mossie. With the help of six people he told his experience with, Ben would corroborate their stories to call out Sherry's inappropriate behaviour. Not long after Ben posted his statement on Facebook, numerous others would come out with their experiences with "Allison Mossie". Those comments can be viewed here.
On a now deleted Facebook post made by Sherry. She did not deny the accusations but rather admitted to her mistakes and wrote an apology to those who she affected, saying:
“This is Joey. I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed and disgusted I am with myself,” he wrote, stating that his actions were due to mental health issues. I know that the pain and hurt that I have caused will never go away and I know that what I did was wrong and truly cruel. Until being on RuPaul’s Drag Race, I never really understood how much my mental health and taking care of things meant,” he added, saying he was getting mental health treatment. I learned on that show how important ‘loving yourself’ is and I don’t think I have ever loved myself. I have been seeking help and receiving treatment since coming back to NYC. I truly apologize to everyone I have hurt with my actions.” - Sherry Pie on Facebook."
RuPaul's Drag Race's Statement on Sherry Pie
On March 6th, 2020, The RuPaul's Drag Race twitter would release a statement on the matter saying:
"In light of recent developments and Sherry Pie’s statement, Sherry Pie has been disqualified from RuPaul’s Drag Race..."
"...Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned. Sherry will not appear in the grand finale scheduled to be filmed later this spring.” – spokesperson for VH1 and World of Wonder
All episodes at the time would be pulled back and re-broadcasted shortly after on VH1 but without Sherry Pie shown anywhere. No cutaways of her and most of the footage but with Sherry being cut out of all shots.
The Sherry Pie Uncut Versions
Since the controversy, the original broadcasting recordings of Sherry Pie have yet to be resurfaced and being highly unlikely due to RPDR not wanting to upset the victims of the catfishing incident. While the re-broadcasted episodes can be seen online, the original uncut version haven't been seen since. Several clips of Season 12 during early 2020 and before the allegations arose are still around online, some still being on the official RPDR channel such as this one (She appears on 8:27). It may take a while for the original broadcasted versions to surface but seem unlikely due to the severity of the allegations.
EDITORS NOTE: The original episodes were filmed in July of 2019 and they were revealed in January 2020.
- Buzzfeed Article - https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/rupaul-drag-race-sherry-pie-catfish-joey-gugliemelli
- Ben Shimkus' experience with Sherry Pie - https://www.facebook.com/ben.shimkus/posts/10219364037879356
- NBC Article - https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/sherry-pie-disqualified-rupaul-s-drag-race-finale-over-catfishing-n1151826https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/sherry-pie-disqualified-rupaul-s-drag-race-finale-over-catfishing-n1151826
- Clips of Sherry's Runway Looks - https://youtu.be/ujztH3z02eE
- Reupload of Meet the Queen: Sherry Pie - https://youtu.be/9fnST0B9ij4