As Americans are being exposed to more coverage of “drag queen” shows involving young children, many commentators in the corporate media are working to normalize the activities. Breitbart News reported this weekend on a piece published by Salon claiming “drag is for everyone” and claiming even young kids are mature enough to handle “sexual innuendo.”
The piece attempts to explain how exposing children to drag performances “can be a good thing.” It claims that the “art” of drag performances make a “far-reaching difference for youth.” The author claims that her own son came out as gay at age nine after finding “acceptance and self-love” by watching the reality TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
She said that her son is now 12 and finds it “absurd” that police used to raid gay bars and arrest drag queens “for their art.” She writes that drag is not “something to hide behind, it’s powerful creative expression.”
She described living as a drag queen means being “reborn, over and over again, in an image of your own creation.” She laments how Republicans in some parts of the country are trying to enact laws banning children from drag shows, and criticizes the American culture that she sees as objectifying women, glorifying “rampant gun violence,” and tolerant of “hate driven by ignorance.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams faced backlash last month after praising “drag storytellers” in the city’s school system. He claimed students “greatly benefit” from drag performances directed at children.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has claimed that men performing in drag publicly is “what America is all about.” She made the comment as she was appearing on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Political commentator Auron MacIntyre published a Substack post on Tuesday discussing why the perpetrators of what would otherwise be considered a “particularly egregious crime” escape prosecution. He believes it is excused because the state considers the performances as a type of religious ritual.
He argues that laws are not magic, but are “cultural artifacts” that must be interpreted and enforced by ordinary humans. He points out that in many parts of the country, “pride parades” and drag shows have become rituals that enjoy a different set of rules. Anyone taking a stand against degenerate or even apparently illegal acts is at risk of being branded as a bigot.
Sadly, the acceptance by the media and many in government of these rituals as protected behavior has a direct influence on law enforcement. The responsibility lies with the people who make up American culture to insist that the “sexualization of children is wrong in a very deep and non-negotiable sense.’