• Brandon Austin AKA Sophia Stardust performed a death drop at their graduation ceremony. (Instagram)
“I just said to my friends, ‘how iconic would it be if I did a death drop?’"
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

18 Jul 2019 - 2:45 PM  UPDATED 18 Jul 2019 - 3:51 PM

A UK college graduate has gone viral on social media after he performed a 'death drop' (properly referred to as a 'dip') during his graduation ceremony - with the video being 'liked' over 230,000 times.

Brandon Austin, who performs drag under the name Sophia Stardust explained to Gay Star News how the whole thing came about.

“I just said to my friends, ‘how iconic would it be if I did a death drop?’

“All my friends were into it. So when I got up there, and all friends were cheering, I just thought let’s do it."

He added: “The crowd screamed and cheered. Everyone was also so shocked. It was amazing.”

Austin, who learned the move (which has been popularised by shows including RuPaul's Drag Race) on YouTube, said he had been bullied in high school, but found a strong sense of belonging while in college.

“When I went to college and I saw openly gay people for the first time, I was overwhelmed," he told GSN.

"College has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

Popular YouTuber Calum McSwiggan was quick to retweet the video, writing: “We love a queen who can dip! Congrats on graduating.”

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