Gay Republicans Cancel Krista Versace

I’ve said Krista Versace is the Elektra of St. Louis

I’ve joked privately to friends that Krista Versace is our own Elektra–the villainess diva on Pose. She’s a bitch and always has been, but she’s fierce and she’s ours. 

Yesterday Versace was fired from Hamburger Mary’s after a handsome gay Republican with a large social media following accused her of bullying him and dicslosing his HIV status and past drug use. The post where the exchange took place, which was on Just John bartender Kareem Lahai-Pumagoi’s wall, has been removed. I haven’t seen images of the comment and it seems images haven’t been produced. 

“I never said he had HIV. I said he was a drug addicted porn star prostitute and has had his virus for over two decades, something he’s publicly talked about” Versace said in reference to the man’s interview with POZ Magazine. 

“I hate to see it” begins longtime follower Mac Taylor upon hearing of Versace’s termination. “Krista is a bitch but a bitch you enjoy. Like an Alexis Carrington. I remember she had on this baby blue jumper once, sipping on a glass of white wine at the back bar at the Complex. I stopped and told her, mid sip, that the blue was a really good color for her and without missing a beat as I walked on toward the bathroom she yelled back at me ‘ANY COLOR!’”

According to bartender Kareem Lahai-Pumagoi, the same gay Republican behind the campaign against Versace has been viciously targeting him over his support of Black Lives Matter for some time. On a since-deleted post where Lahai-Pumagoi shared numerous screenshots, he writes: “This dude is trash. So obsessed with clout chasing. His narcissism knows no bounds and I love how he’s attempting to intimidate me by blowing up my IG and Facebook page. It’s harassment and you have zero power over my life.” 

I’m withholding the name of the gay Republican and his known Trump supporting associates at this time as I wait to see a fuller picture of what occurred in the coming days. I don’t condone mocking someone’s status, period. As far as being bullied, though, it’s hard to see someone as a victim when they love trolling “libtards” and using their sizable following to harass people of color. 

Knowing that Kareem Lahai-Pumagoi seems to be next on the gay Republican hit list, it’s important for the community to be vigilant. In St. Louis especially we’ve seen cancel culture co-opted by narcissists time and again to advance their own self-interests.

***UPDATE WITH STATEMENT FROM JUST JOHN OWNER JOHN O ARNOLD***

Let me add my 2 cents without going into a lot of details. The other day this same gay republican (GP) called my bar and demanded to speak to one of the owners because he was upset with what Kareem had posted on his own FB page. FYI, it had absolutely nothing to do with my bar. I told the GP that this was in between him and Kareem and that they needed to work it out. He did not like my answer and threatened me by saying he had thousands of followers and that he was going to blast my bar is a negative way on his page. I told him to be my guest and then he immediately hung up on me. He called me back within 3 minutes apologizing. Kareem and the GP did end up talking and the post was removed. Kareem and I both thought he was in a good place but evidently not. This GP was determined to get “someone” fired. What a POS! In my opinion, Krista should NOT be fired. They need to hire her back. I have nothing but respect for Krista. This GP talks publicly about everything she mentioned.This pandemic has brought out the worst in people. Our bar is only allowing 25% of our capacity but we are at 150% worth of drama since opening. People are going out of their minds. It is like they have all been cooped up for months and now they just need to start some kind of DRAMA


****UPDATE WITH NEW STATEMENTS FROM KAREEM LAHAI-PUMAGOI****

“WHAT AN EGOTISTICAL PRICK! SUCH AN ASSHOLE! SO HURTFUL AND DISGUSTING!” Kareem exclaimed upon hearing of Verace’s termination.

Kareem called me to defend Versace. “Krista did not disclose his status. He disclosed it himself on that very thread! He then deleted the comments.”

Kareem said the gay Republican, since outed as Matt Shiermeier, had been harassing him for three weeks, triggered by Kareem telling Shiermeier “You don’t have the clout you think you do.”

Since then, Kareem says, Shiermeier has been bombarding him with messages about how popular he is. He also has his followers post laughing emoji on Kareem’s photos, and on the photos of those who engage with Kareem’s posts.

After John O. Arnold was unpersuaded to terminate Kareem, Kareem reached out directly to Shiermeier. “What is the deal that you do nothing but think about this all day at 42 years old. Don’t you have friends?”

Kareem said Shiermeier said no and began crying. He thought they had some sort of breakthrough, and is furious that Shiermeier cost Versace her position.

****UPDATE*****HAMBURGER MARY’S RESPONDS WITH FACEBOOK POST

13 Replies to “Gay Republicans Cancel Krista Versace”

  1. I mean–isn’t there a diagnosis for Gay Trump Supporters in the DSM IV? I think it’s covered by the Affordable Care Act.

    1. Excuse me? My name is not fake my first name is Jason and my last name is ink.

      Unbelievable. You’ve left the entire truth out and created a whole new narrative to somehow make Krista some sort of victim. Krista got herself fired. Hamburger Mary’s contacted that individual. Dave already made a statement regarding that.
      One isolated incident does not get a person fired from their job. A series of incidences and failures do however.
      Also, this isn’t about Krista “outing” Matt’s status, it’s Krista making derogatory comments about people living with HIV and those who have suffered from drug addiction.
      Another fact, Hamburger Mary’s gave Krista the option to publicly apologize for her derogatory remarks (about HIV) or lose her job. Krista chose to walk away. Choosing her last words as she walked out of his office to be,
      “Those AIDS infested faggots deserve it”
      She got her self fired. Essentially, she left.
      Her ego wouldn’t allow her to just say, “I’m sorry“.
      Yes, drag queens participate in an act, and some of them act like a bitch on stage. That doesn’t give them the right to be a disgusting person in real life.
      The only thing Matt did was STAND up for himself.
      She’s a bully, and anyone defending her actions is condoning and perpetuating bullying.
      From my understanding, Matt and Kareem had a heart to heart. Kareem called Matt because Matt left his number VIA Facebook. I believe all Matt wanted to do was sort things out like adults versus a blasted status where people on Kareem’s post wished him dead. There was no intent to have anyone fired, ever.

      Your story continues to blast Matt as a gay republican? You may want to check those facts as well. I know him personally, and I’m pretty sure he isn’t a republican. He’s always been an independent thinker with liberal leaning views.
      I’m sorry, but Krista is not a victim here.

  2. Yea, this some bullshit! I’ve known Krista for years and she did not deserve to be fired over his temper tantrum!

  3. How pathetic you people are to turn the situation into a political agenda! Krista most certainly disclosed his status as she said “he has had the virus for two decades”. His political stance has no relevance on somebody disclosing his personal health status! It must be difficult for Krista to live with so much hate and jealous inside ones self…Like the saying goes… “you can take a hoe out of the ghetto but never the ghetto out of the hoe”

    1. How can someone “disclose someone else’s status” that they’ve already put out to the world 10 years ago in a magazine? Lol that’s like me getting angry about someone “disclosing that I’m a meth addict” when the article has already been published like a year and a half ago in this very magazine. 🎶It doesn’t make any sense.🎶

  4. It’s about time for these hateful assholes to get a taste of their own medicine. I can now reconsider visiting Hamburger Mary’s next time I’m in St Louis or Chicago.

  5. I tried to send a message earlier but not sure if it went through due to spam filters. If it did not, check out the photos of a “Jason Ink” on Facebook. I had linked the profile but now wonder if it prevented going through. jason.inkink is the ending to the FB link.

  6. At the end of the day HM fired Krista because she was a negative and meanspirited. Drag is extremely competitive and Krista has been doing it for 25 plus years. You don’t get to where she is and… stay there without stomping on some toes.

  7. Jason, how pathetic you believe ANYONE outed Matt Shiermeier when he’s done so himself, publicly and in magazine publications. The man’s entire shallow life revolves around social media as witnessed by his flinging his number of followers around like they are some kind of clout for him to wield. He is pitiable.

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