A Los Angeles-based performer did a show this weekend during which her interpretation of New York Rep. George Santos' transformation into drag queen Kitara Rivache received much attention online for their uncanny resemblance.
More than 250,000 people have watched the video of the performance at Sasha Velour's monthly drag night, NightGowns, at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on TikTok and Twitter.
A video wall showing clips of news reporters following and talking about the embattled gay New York congressman is shown in the video, then a spotlight reveals Meatball, who looks like Santos wearing a suit, signature glasses, and stilettos as the projection ends.
Kesha's 2017 track "This is Me" begins to play.
As Meatball as Santos lip syncs to the lyrics of the hit song from the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman, the performer begins to tear away items of the conservative-looking suit they're wearing to cheers from the crowd.
The dynamic performance is riveting, with Meatball transforming from drab to fab in front of the audience's eyes. After removing all garments from her body, Meatball stands before the room wearing a red dress similar to the one made famous by a photograph of Santos as his drag persona Kitara Ravache.
Toward the end of the performance, Meatball even pulls out a cheap-looking long black wig, similar to Rivache, and prances across the stage.
As she wraps a red feather boa around herself, Meatball mouths the closing words of the song, "When the sharpest words wanna cut me down. I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown 'em out. This is brave, this is bruised. This is who I'm meant to be, this is me."
A bemused group of onlookers cheers vigorously after the performance.
The performance comes as Santos has managed to keep a lower profile in recent weeks. He is under multiple investigations and without committee seats because he temporarily gave them up, so the New Yorker has taken to trolling his Democratic colleagues online. Santos has denied being a drag queen but admitted to having performed in drag "once" while young and having fun.
When revelations about his having performed in drag broke, Santos denied the claims vehemently, calling it a media obsession. He later admitted that he was in the photograph.
Watch below as Meatball explains how he inhabits Rep. George Santos's look.