GMA Praises Drag Queen 'Shangela': 'We Need That Right Now'

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | January 17, 2023
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The word “cringe” couldn’t have been any more applicable. 

Dancing With the Stars contestant D.J. Pierce, commonly known by his drag queen name, “Shangela,” went on Good Morning America Tuesday to talk about his upcoming “Fully Lit” tour and his push for drag queens and LGBTQ garbage across the nation. And the show hosts were head-over-heels excited for their special guest. 

The segment started with Robin Roberts literally jumping for joy waiting for "Shangela" to come out from backstage. After that, Roberts, Lara Spencer and Michael Strahan sat down with Pierce to talk about upcoming and past highlights of his life.


“I’ve always had a spark for entertaining,” Pierce began. “Especially after Dancing With The Stars, I am fully lit and ready to bring this tour.” 

During the tour, Pierce will reportedly travel to cities all across the nation where he has big hopes - hopes that Mrs. Roberts seems to have shared. 

“My tour is all about bringing people together, having a good time, and we’re gonna turn up, baby,” Pierce told the GMA anchors. 

“We need that right now. We need that all the time but especially now [with] everything going on in the world,” Roberts interjected. 

I can name about a billion things we need more of right now other than drag queens, but carry on. 

Pierce then plugged his show, called “We’re Here,” in which he visits “small Conservative towns and kinda highlight[s] LGBTQ people and their stories, and that showcases how much love, how much more love we need right now," a goal that will supposedly be expanded in his "Fully Lit" tour.

He also explained how being on Dancing With The Stars “changed [ his] life,” as he was the trailblazer for drag queens competing on the show as the first (and hopefully last) one ever. 

Related: Shangela Drags Partner Into Drag Get Up For ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Finale

His added that biggest accomplishment was probably walking across the White House lawn in stilettos  to watch President Biden sign the Respect for Marriage Act. 

“It’s great to see, you know, our country in this way, the administration supporting the LGBTQ community, protecting the rights and the equal treatment of so many people. That is what matters in this world and I’m just happy to be a part of it and to experience it live and in person,” Pierce said.

Here’s the thing: if Pierce wants to dance in dress-up clothes, that doesn't affect me. And if GMA wants to use its air time to frivolously promote someone with clear delusion in his head, so be it. That’s honestly nothing new for GMA.

But the second "Shangela," or whatever he goes by on a given day, enters a space where children are present and tries pushing LGBTQ propaganda down little throats, that's a bridge too far.

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