Former 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Contestant Calls Out Katy Perry for Snatching Her Catchphrase on Twitter
Her name is Shea Coulée and she did not come to play, she came to slay (before Katy Perry did)
The drag queen was a finalist on Season 9 of the reality show, and her famous work room entrance line appears to have been appropriated by American Idol judge Katy Perry on Twitter in the early hours of this morning.
Perry showed her support for Idol contestant Ada Vox (a returning contestant, this time auditioning in drag), telling her: "You did not come here to play, you came to slay" — with a lot of clapping hand emojis for emphasis.
And while it may have been a well-intentioned compliment on Perry's part, Coulée was quick to claim ownership of the phrase, using as many hand claps to ask "Why you actin' brand new?" and demanding compensation.
👏🏾WHY👏🏾YOU👏🏾ACTIN👏🏾BRAND👏🏾NEW?👏🏾— Shea Couleé (@SheaCoulee) March 26, 2018
Notoriously vicious on social media, plenty of Drag Race fans have leapt to Coulée's defence.
See some of the reaction from Twitter down below.
Katherine still actin up i see pic.twitter.com/n9iwSHf2mU— It's Rihanna Nigga (@dejonrt) March 26, 2018
She trying to stay relevant 😂 pic.twitter.com/VuqqsKptjZ— 💛 It's Niall 💛 (@xcusemyrude) March 26, 2018
run shea coulee her cheque— schaf (@bxImxin) March 26, 2018
@katyperry 👏cite👏 your 👏sources 👏give👏credit👏when 👏borrowing👏someone's👏work👏— Viviane Bee (@Miss_Maple28) March 26, 2018
It's not the first time the worlds of Drag Race and Idol have crossed over. Famed queen Adore Delano was a semi-finalist on Season 7 of American Idol (as Danny Noriega) and went on to compete in Season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race and Season 2 of All Stars, while Courtney Act competed on the first season of Australian Idol as well as Season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Watch Ada Vox's audition that inspired Perry's tweet below.