Courtney Act is about to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house with an anti-gay politician who just said that all of Harvey Weinstein‘s victims were “complicit.” It was announced today the latest installment of Celebrity Big Brother will be known as the Courtney Act Big Brother season, now that the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 queen will be competing. The new season premiered last night, Jan. 2, in the United Kingdom.
“Courtney has seen everything as a drag queen, so nothing will faze her in the house,” a source told The Sun. “She’s a pro who won’t be intimidated by any of the big personalities in there and she won’t back down from a row.”
Other players in the house include big names — in the UK — like India Willoughby, Ashley James, Jess Impiazzi, Malika Haqq, Maggie Oliver, Amanda Barrie, Ann Widdecombe and Rachel Johnson.
Ann Widdecombe is a former Tory MP who served as the MP for Maidstone and The Weald from 1987 to 2010. Widdecombe, who opposes gay marriage and supports conversion therapy, let it slip it out that seven men will be joining the current cast of all women. And of those is men is Courtney Act, whose boy name is Shane Jenek.
Courtney Act is the first drag queen from Drag Race to join Celebrity Big Brother, but she’s not the first personality from the hit VH1 franchise. Michelle Visage was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother back in 2015. She ultimately placed fifth in the competition. She went head to head with Perez Hilton often on her season, who was (kind of like how he is in real life) the absolute worst.
Earlier this year, Alaska Thunderfuck was another Drag Race queen who joined the cast of a mainstream reality television series. Thunderfuck was on the first season of Scared Famous on VH1, where she placed fifth from a cast of 10.