Over the weekend, Katy Perry performed on the season finale of Saturday Night Live. She did “Swish Swish” surrounded by drag queens and “Bon Appétit,” her single with Migos. 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 communal table that was set up on stage for the latter performance, but they were pulled because Migos refused to perform with them. Here’s what World Of Wonder posted:
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.
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.
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.
Migos have a recent history of homophobic comments. Earlier this year, they faced criticism for some comments in a Rolling Stone profile about iLoveMakonnen’s coming out — which, for what it’s worth, Makonnen says isn’t a big deal — and Quavo said that he’s not homophobic because he’s friends with Frank Ocean.
Here’s the “Bon Appétit” performance. Notice how the few drag queens that are there are all at the periphery of the table: