George Santos Revives Drag Persona 'Kitara' for Cameo Appearances

Ex-Congressman Santos unveils a surprising new creative venture

by Zain ul Abedin
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George Santos Revives Drag Persona 'Kitara' for Cameo Appearances
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Former Congressman George Santos, whose career has been marred by controversies and fabrications, is now taking an unexpected turn in his post-political life. Santos has reintroduced his drag queen persona, Kitara Ravache, in a series of Cameo videos, signalling a new chapter that blends personal expression with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Recently concluding his second Congressional run, Santos announced the revival of Kitara, a persona he had not publicly embraced for 18 years. This revelation comes on the heels of his departure from politics, a scandal-ridden tenure marked by allegations of misusing campaign funds and a series of widely publicized lies about his background and qualifications.

On the platform Cameo, known for personalized celebrity messages, Santos has set the price at $20 for a video clip of himself, whether in his usual attire or as Kitara. This pricing is a stark drop from his initial charge of $500 per video when he first joined the platform.

His Cameo debut saw various uses, including a notorious instance where comedian Jimmy Kimmel hired him to congratulate a woman on cloning a dog named Adolf - a stunt highlighting the bizarre intersection of celebrity and politics.

Kitara's Controversial Return

Santos' decision to embrace his drag identity is a notable pivot from earlier this year when he vehemently denied being a drag performer after photos surfaced online. In January 2023, amid the media storm, Santos defensively remarked to reporters, "No, I was not a drag queen in Brazil, guys.

I was young and I had fun at a festival. Sue me for having a life." The re-emergence of Kitara Ravache not only marks a personal liberation for Santos but also reflects a broader societal acceptance of diverse identities. However, this move has stirred mixed reactions on social platforms like X (formerly Twitter), where users have expressed everything from support and amusement to scepticism and criticism.

As Santos navigates this new venture, it underscores a unique blend of personal reinvention and public scrutiny. Whether this will rehabilitate his public image or serve as another chapter in his complex narrative remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, the public watches on, ever-curious about the next twist in the saga of a figure who continues to surprise and confound.

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