London drag queen Coral DeVille claims that she was turned away from a sold-out Mariah Carey concert at London’s O2 Arena on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 because she was dressed in drag.
Although her Twitter account has since gone private, DeVille’s initial tweets read, “OMG OMG OMG turned away from 02 arena for being in drag. WHAT?????? I have valid tickets!!!!!! SOMEONE HELP!!!!!“
She later wrote, “Thanks for all your tweets and help. It’s now a police matter.”
Even later, she followed up by writing:
Yes, entirely my fault for turning up as the ‘other’ me. I get that. Still, I’m upset and embarrassed. Thank you for the messages of support. Its with the police now and (genuinely) I’m seeking legal advice. Watch this space.
A spokesperson for The O2 Arena issued a statement which read, “We take the claims seriously and are currently investigating the circumstances around this incident. Our policy is certainly not to refuse anyone entry based upon what they are wearing.”
It’s unclear if photo identification for the drag queen might have been an issue for gaining entry to the venue.
DeVille’s fans quickly began criticizing the O2 Arena for turning away DeVille to begin with. Some even began tagging Mariah Carey herself and other press outlets in an attempt to get more attention to the issue.
I cannot understand how this can have happened. This is totally unacceptable. @TheO2, it isn't remotely OK for you to be turning away anyone in drag or in any clothes for that matter. Explain to me how this present any issues for you in terms of security?
— DMac™ (@waronfacades) December 11, 2017
.@TheO2 London refused entry to a paying customer into Mariah’s show tonight because they were in drag. Please can everyone RT so @CoralDeVille can get a) an apology b) a refund and c) reassurance that it’s not 1952. @AEGworldwide @MariahCarey @MariahUkUpdates @joshywillacy @atrl
— GemmaCollinsVEVO (@Andrewislivid) December 11, 2017
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that Coral DeVille has faced discrimination for dressing in drag. In Nov. 2014, the London-based queen was reportedly harassed by an Uber car driver who referred to her as a “disgusting fag boy pretending to be a woman.”
Uber later investigated the matter and fired the homophobic driver from working any further with their ride-sharing app.
We have reached out to DeVille to ask what has happened since her initial tweets and will update this story when we hear back.