The winged creatures appeared lifeless and failed to fly into the air. O'Hara has since explained that the Painted Lady butterflies need to warm up to a certain temperature in order to fly away, but they had been kept in a chilly, hibernation-like environment in order to be transported.
Instead, most of them wound up on the floor — and despite claims that no butterflies were harmed during the performance, viewers definitely saw O'Hara's competitor Kameron Michaels stomp on a few.
O'Hara has issued a formal apology via Twitter for the embarrassing stunt, detailing the research and rehearsals that went into planning the reveal and stating that "I would never purposely hurt any living being and have the utmost respect for all animals."
She went on to say that she has been "unhappy with myself since that night," but laid out plans to "make it right." Along with friends, she has pledged 100 hours of volunteer hours to the ASPCA.
Read her full statement below.
In spite of the heartfelt apology, Twitter is having a field day with the onstage fail. See some of the best reads and most hilarious memes below.
Asia: Time for the reveal!— Trixie Mattel (@trixiemattel) June 29, 2018
Asia O'Hara's butterflies had the most iconic death drop of season 10.#DragRace— Zackery Alexzander Stephens (@zackeryastephen) June 29, 2018
The butterflies in Asia's outfit when she tried to get them to fly away: pic.twitter.com/2kpAEsoyUV— Jeremy (@jermyjpg) June 29, 2018
Kameron looking at these butterflies walking around the stage. pic.twitter.com/zYg33hw1Qz— to be clear (@MikelleStreet) June 29, 2018
Asia's butterflies trying to decide who's going to fly first pic.twitter.com/yffBcexic9— ces (@cexargaga) June 29, 2018