Diplo brings his best Julian Assange drag to the Billboard Music Awards

Diplo (L), Julian Assange (R)
Source: AP Images
Diplo (L), Julian Assange (R)
Source: AP Images

While everyone was rightfully awestruck by powerful performances from Cher, Celine and Miley, there was another, less talked about diva moment on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet: Diplo.

The 38-year-old DJ/producer showed up to the awards dressed in what can only be described as Julian Assange drag.

Diplo at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
Source: Richard Shotwell/AP Images
Diplo at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
Source: Richard Shotwell/AP Images

Twitter was quick to take notice.

The look is not without a knowing reference.

Earlier this month, Diplo posted a picture on Instagram of his newly dyed hair with the caption "julian assange" after the whale emoji.

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Even Diplo himself got in on the meme-ery.

But the comparison is nothing new.

Tweets from as far back as 2011 have long compared Diplo to the controversial WikiLeaks founder.

Glad we got to the bottom of that.

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Evan Ross Katz

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