Staff Writer cityXtra Magazine
Courtney Act didn’t walk away with the crown on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but she was a winner on tonight’s season finale of Celebrity Big Brother UK.
Courtney Act (whose real name is Shane Jenek) was a fan favorite this season, educating her fellow housemates on LGBT and trans issues, and even having a bromance with former Apprentice star Adam Brady, who thought Courtney was “hot,” even though he is straight.
Courtney’s victory was extra sweet since the top prize was between her and Ann Widdecombe, a former Member of Parliament who made headlines for her homophobic remarks in the house.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re racist you’re a racist. If you’re homophobic, you’re homophobic,” Brady told Gay Times, when asked about Widdecombe. “I don’t think age can be used as an excuse. Prejudice is prejudice. It doesn’t matter what shape it comes in, or size, or age – it’s still prejudice.”
Widdecombe also refused to address Jenek as Courtney when Jenek was in drag, even calling Courtney “a tart.”
Courtney was shocked by her win tonight, adding that her victory was slightly ironic since the theme for this season of CBB was “Year of the Woman.”
“I guess coming into the house is validation that it’s okay to be different” Courtney told CBB host Emma Willis.
The former Drag Race contestant made the most memorable entrance of the housemates this season, when she had a wardrobe malfunction as she entered the house—but now she leaves a newly crowned winner.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 airs Thursdays at 8/7c on VH1.