Elise Brisco, USA TODAY
Published 3: 52 p.m. ET Feb. 16, 2021
Tamron Hall is addressing the backlash surrounding her interview with flow queen Sherry Pie, who became once disqualified from “RuPaul’s Scurry Trot” after allegations of catfishing and sexual misconduct surfaced.
Sherry Pie, whose accurate name is Joey Gugliemelli, became once disqualified as a contestant on Season 12 of VH1’s “Scurry Trot” days after the show disguise premiered, in gradual February 2020. The dismissal adopted allegations claiming Gugliemelli posed as a casting director named Allison Mossey, is named “catfishing,” to coax others into submitting fallacious audition tapes with exploitative topic topic.
Nearly a yr later, Hall invited Gugliemelli on the show disguise and became once criticized on social media after promoting the interview.
“Why are you giving her a platform to keep in touch for those who don’t even care about her victims???!!! She doesn’t deserve to play the sufferer in all of this!!! I’ve under no circumstances watched your show disguise, and now I do know that I under no circumstances will,” @Numanfan65 wrote.
Particular person @obi_blanco tweeted: “So Let’s Shine The Gentle On This Criminal But No longer The Victims Factual? Such A Comedian memoir #cancelsherrypie #standwiththevictims”
Hall opened Tuesday’s “Tamron Hall” show disguise by addressing the social media commentary: “It be no longer giving awayof your platform. It be known as an interview, and folk that build substandard issues are interviewed.”
In the interview Tuesday, Gugliemelli admitted to his “wrongdoing” and “corrupt habits,” asserting he wished to let the survivors know how remorseful he became once for his actions.
USA TODAY has reached out to reps for the show disguise and Gugliemelli for additional comment.
Aspiring actor Ben Shimkus spoke out on Facebook about Sherry Pie’s misconduct two days before the disqualification announcement. He claimed he submitted a tape to “Mossey” in pursuit of a procedure at Playwrights Horizons in Unusual York.
“I had to film scenes that felt particularly sexual and awkward, but the chance regarded too staunch to let the overt sexual nature or my inhibitions salvage in the trend,” Shimkus wrote on Facebook at the time. “I merely told myself that my other folks wouldn’t be allowed to test the show disguise, but I needed the skilled expertise and the intense and sleek object on my resume.”
After being no longer eminent by Mossey after submitting the video, Shimkus reached out to Playwrights Horizons, which stated it had under no circumstances heard of Mossey.
Gugliemelli beforehand admitted to and apologized on Facebook for his actions after a Buzzfeed Information fable in March 2020 (printed a day after Shimkus’ Facebook put up) revealed no longer lower than 5 actors equipped the same accounts about him posing as a casting director.
In the interview Tuesday, Gugliemelli stated he has spoken to some of the survivors for the explanation that allegations. He also revealed he became once identified with borderline personality disorder and has been “deep in therapy.
“I maintain to construct this definite though: I salvage no longer blame my mental illness for the rest I maintain completed,” Gugliemelli stated.
“You wished to keep in touch and other folks wished to know why. And this could presumably perchance presumably no longer discontinuance any doors, but here is an interview and I esteem you joining us,” Hall stated.
After the interview, other folks on social media persevered to keep in touch out referring to the show disguise’s resolution to construct the interview.
“I suppose @tamronhall & @TamronHallShow must maintain AT LEAST invited the victims on for a section. It’s no longer too gradual. Additionally, I do know I’m gradual (expletive), but that ‘what essentially occurred’ comment became once yucky. I appreciate investigative journalism but it no doubt doesn’t work w/o accounts from both aspect,” @TheOnlyDetox stated.
“‘When is it k to interview substandard other folks?’ [email protected] Whenever you give the victims a platform above the responsible celebration who is ADMITTING to stated predatory (expletive). Maybe inaugurate there as a replacement of thinking we are precise childhood stamping our toes.” @itsbleekerxo stated.
@Galaxy_Barbie stated, “Sure, Sure, Sure! Everyone has a precise to keep in touch but salvage no longer give one a platform and no longer the quite a number of…”
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Contributing: Cydney Henderson
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