Philadelphia Drag Queen Sparks Outrage After Wearing Nazi-Inspired Costume

Philadelphia Drag Queen Sparks Outrage After Wearing Nazi-Inspired Costume

A Philadelphia drag queen came under fire this week after performing in a Nazi-inspired outfit.

On Monday night, Satine Harlow sported a red windbreaker emblazoned with a swastika and black cap reminiscent of Nazi S.S. officers in her show at ICandy. The look was reportedly inspired by Mel Brooks’ The Producers, but, an audience member told Philadelphia “when I checked Satine’s Instagram page, how they promoted themselves was a different story.”

In a since-deleted image, Harlow (real name is Eric Ziker) showed off the swastika cape and added “Heil Hitler” in bold text.

In 2016, iCandy owner Darryl DePiano was caught on video repeatedly using the n-word in a racist rant. “Choosing to perform at ICandy is a political statement,” wrote drag performer Ann Artist on social media. “This level of bad taste is reflected in the name of the establishment and mirrored through the irreverence the performers have for their fellow community members.”

On Tuesday, Harlow, who identifies as Jewish, criticized those who were offended in a social media post.

“Are people really freaking the fuck out about a Jewish gay man doing an iconic number from a musical? Jesus Christ. Lighten the fuck up. It’s drag… I stand by what I did—and if you disagree, unfollow me because you have no sense of humor.”

But she later apologized in a Facebook video.

“I’m sorry if anyone is upset or offended. That [definitely] was not my intention. I just wanted everyone to know from the bottom of my heart that I am a good person who I guess made a mistake. I am a human and I can take this as a learning experience. And I’m sorry.”

Samantha Manzella is a writer and copy editor based out of the Hudson Valley. You can find her writing in a coffeehouse or searching Insta for the latest tattoo artist to hit the scene.