Drag Race star Dawn has broken her silence on fans labelling her as the show’s villain.

On 6 January, UK fans were finally treated to the highly anticipated 16th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. 

Since making their debut in the double premiere, the new batch of queens have competed in hilarious maxi-challenges, showcased fierce outfits on the runway, and delivered iconic lip-syncs. 

However, it wouldn’t be Drag Race without some gag-worthy drama and a new lovable “villain” wreaking havoc on her fellow competitors.  

While Plane Jane has seemingly received the villain edit, some fans on social media have sparked a lively debate, claiming that Dawn is the true antagonist of season 16.

“Dawn my favourite drag race villain,” one X, formerly known as Twitter, user wrote

Another fan added: “Does anyone else see a Dawn villain edit popping up in the episodes, or is it just me?”

A third viewer tweeted: “Dawn is every bit the villain Plane Jane thinks she’s trying to be.” 

Unfortunately, in episode 12, Dawn sashayed away from the competition after Morphine Love Dion beat her in a lip-sync to Megan thee Stallion’s hit track ‘Body.’

Following her departure, the New York-based talent opened up to Out about all things Drag Race season 16, including those “real villain” allegations on social media. 

“I think the first time I saw it, I was like, ‘What?’ But then I watched the episode back, and I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, duh.’ To me, it’s kind of about: what is a villain? At first, I was like, ‘I don’t want to be a villain. I”m not a bad person,” she told the news outlet. 

“But then I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t think this means I’m a bad person. It just means that I’m fun, chaotic television’… I’m not sitting there bullying people or getting in their heads, or being nasty.”

Towards the end of her statement, Dawn said she was okay with the villain characterization, adding: “I know that my relationship with those queens are good. And my mom still loves me, so I’m happy.” 

On next week’s episode of Drag Race, the final four queens—Nymphia Wind, Jane, Q, and Sapphira Cristál—will be tasked with writing memoirs. Acclaimed journalist Ronan Farrow will appear as a guest judge. 

Drag Race season 16 is available to stream on WOW Presents Plus and MTV.