The guy is Tommaso Zorzi, mostly famous for being from an extremely rich Italian family and having won the longest edition ever of our own Big Brother earlier this year.
People have always been divided about him, mostly because most Italians are homophobes nn (he's gay). Recently, the queer community has basically disowned him after he was seeing partying with notorious homophobe/transphobe/racist Giorgia Meloni, one of the most prominent figures of our extreme right. She's... a disgusting human, so he deserves to be dragged teebs.
I wouldn't say he's that divisive for the general audience, and especially not because of homophobic sentiments. On the contrary, heterosexuals are his biggest supporters, and straight women in particular. He has a rabid fanbase of Karens with unlimited power of trending\bullying on social media who convinced themselves he's their collective gay BFF holding a chihuahua while they're shopping. It's some fag-hag Misery-by-Stephen-King shit.
Discovery has made clear that's the reason they stuck with him. Asked if they considered replacing him because of the intense dislike the LGBTQ+ community has for his performative self-serving ass, they said, and I'm translating verbatim, "we value more the possibility of reaching the audience that tunes in because of Zorzi and not because it's Drag Race
. We want to speak to everyone". Meaning they want to speak only to the straights. The fact they announced they're working with "LGBTQ activists" because "the contestants have heavy stories behind" means they might be going for some kind of educational, entry-level approach with sob stories and whatnot.
It also proves a second untold reason, that Drag Race Italia
wasn't born to celebrate Italian queer culture but to give Zorzi a bespoke platform to launch his career on Discovery now that Mediaset has given him the boot. He's the focus point, not the queens. He had said before he wanted to make an Italian version of Drag Race
happen, and I guess he succeeded. But on top of normalising fascists on national television while having the nerve to self-appoint as some sort of homosexual trailblazer in the media with that
resume, he has little understanding of drag or even... gender expression itself. Something he said, on national television again, and I translate verbatim: "I believe drag is one of the best stage arts there are; anyone putting so much effort into becoming a woman deserves to be one".
So this is what we're dealing with. Coco Montrese I lost all hope today.