A famous Canadian drag queen is being targeted by right wing trolls for a Hocus Pocus 2 promo posted by Disney+ Canada’s Twitter account.
The clip, touting the sequel’s September 30 release as well as teasing a premiere event at Toronto’s Eaton Centre, features Canada’s Drag Race season one winner Priyanka casting a spell to turn herself into all three of the Hocus Pocus witches (played in the film by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy).
Canada, we want to Spell-ebrate the release of #HocusPocus2 streaming on Sept 30!
Stay tuned to the Disney+ Canada accounts + @thequeenpri account for a very special invitation that you are going to want to RSVP to… coming soon!#sponsored #ad #CastASpellCanada pic.twitter.com/hlWHqmQkSZ
— Disney+ Canada 🇨🇦 (@DisneyPlusCA) September 22, 2022
Right wing Twitter lost its mind over the innocuous video, with users vowing to cancel their Disney+ subscriptions and even going so far as to label the former children’s TV host a “groomer” and a “pedophile.”
“Does an exciting collaboration with Disney, gets called a peadophile and groomer, the homophobia is alive and well in 2022,” Priyanka tweeted in response to the backlash.
does an exciting collab with disney
gets called a pedophile and groomer
— queen priyanka – stream taste test (@thequeenpri) September 26, 2022
But fans were quick to defend the Drag Race winner in often hilarious tweets.
It’s not an airport dear, no need to announce your departure.
— Gazza (@GaryPalin1966) September 27, 2022
The Sanderson sisters are pretty much the epitome of drag queens, y’all need to calm down.
— unapolygetic (@polypolydorou) September 26, 2022
I don’t have a subscription but because you’ve sponsored a Canadian queen I will definitely be getting one @thequeenpri people clearly hate themselves keep living your truth and giving us what we need in the world and that’s looks, comedy we love you 😘
— Shelbie Rosa Paonessa (@rosa_shelbie) September 27, 2022
Meanwhile, despite the hate, Disney+’s Hocus Pocus 2 event in Toronto, hosted by Priyanka, is still on.
Feeling witchy? Want to hang out with @thequeenpri? On Sept 30th at the Eaton Centre from 630pm-830pm YOU are cordially invited to the Hocus Pocus 2 All Hallows Eve Spell-ebration to celebrate the release of #HocusPocus2 on #DisneyPlus #CastASpellCanada pic.twitter.com/Lyz2uLylYj
— Disney+ Canada 🇨🇦 (@DisneyPlusCA) September 23, 2022