Katy Perry’s performances of “Swish Swish” and “Bon Appétit” from last weekend’s season finale of Saturday Night Live are back in the headlines, but this time it has nothing to do with Katy’s awkwardness — it’s all about Migos’ alleged homophobia.
According to a new report from World Of Wonder (which was later deleted, but not before Uproxx circulated the information), there were supposed to be a lot more drag queens around the table set up for “Bon Appétit,” but they were pulled because Migos refused to perform with them.
According to two anonymous queens (and one SNL staffer) from the show:
Queen #1: “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.”
Queen #2: “I heard it from the stylist. They changed the queens out in the Bon Appétit number, and they didn’t seem too thrilled during rehearsal either, with us there.”
Queen #3:“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.”
It’s not Migos’ first brush with alleged homophobia. Earlier this year, they caught a lot of heat over comments made about iLoveMakonnen’s coming out. They responded by pointing out the fact they have a song with Frank Ocean — so they can’t be homophobic.
Capitol Music has called the queens’ account of what happened “completely false and fabricated.”