Drag Shows Are NOT A Republican Obsession
Drag Shows Are NOT A Republican Obsession
Amanda Marcotte types for Salon Magazine. She hates and despises anything, ANYTHING, that even touches on being Christian, Conservative or Republican. She saves her most flaming invective for MAGA Republicans. I consider myself a MAGA Republican. You know, limited government and regulation, low taxes, pro-life, free speech, strong military and little international interventions. Sounds awful right? It does to the readers of Salon. Now, Marcotte has accused MAGA Republicans of being obsessed with drag shows. Oof, here we go.
First of all, I have, in the past, enjoyed a drag show or four. I once saw a small woman transform herself into a very masculine man. He/she was amazing. I also used to be a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Show. Like most of that type of shows, it has become a caricature of itself. It’s not performance art anymore at all. Now, it is angry, in your face and very sexualized. It is not performative. It’s raw.
Marcotte’s latest for Salon is titled: “MAGA Republicans are obsessed with harassing drag shows — here’s why”, She is a one trick pony. After bleating about RuPaul and Beyonce, three paragraphs in Marcotte finally gets to her original premise:
Why the sudden right-wing obsession with drag shows? The simplest explanation is it’s part of a deliberate increase in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and action from the MAGA movement in the wake of Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss. Conservative media now regularly flings false accusations that LGBTQ people and allies are “grooming” children for sexual abuse. Books that feature queer characters are being banned from schools and libraries. Florida passed the infamous “don’t say gay” law that is scaring teachers and students back into the closet. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed Child Protective Services to “investigate” families for accepting trans children. Republicans are attacking the right of trans people, especially kids, to play sports or receive gender-affirming care.
MAGA Republicans rarely FLING anything. We are not overly demonstrative that way. We leave that to the hyperbolic Left. We are fine with LGBTQ people. We have them in our families and we work and workout with them. If Amanda Marcotte thinks that LGBTQ people are grooming children, she is wrong. Groomers groom children. I will let Gays Against Groomers do the speaking for me:
Just a reminder that it isn’t hateful, bigoted, homophobic or transphobic to be against the sexualization and mutilation of children.
They said it is to shut you up, but please, don’t.#GaysAgainstGroomers
— Gays Against Groomers (@againstgrmrs) December 9, 2022
There has never been a Florida law “Don’t Say Gay”. That is a lie. You know the rest is wrong too. Blah, blah, lie. Drag and Trans are two very different things, in case Amanda doesn’t know. Why are MAGA types against drag shows?
Even amid this onslaught, however, the paranoid focus on drag stands out, for the sheer volume of protests and vitriol. In addition to the now-regular protests and online threats, Republican-controlled state legislatures are threatening to ban drag and criminalize people who do it. Drag has become the focal point for right wingers intent on making homophobia great again after years of watching it recede in public life.
I have a theory as to why: Drag, probably more than any other cultural artifact of American life, exposes how much of femininity — and how much of gender overall — is socially constructed. The whole point of drag is to celebrate how much you did not wake up like this. The exaggeration of drag draws attention to the lesser, but still time-consuming, effort that everyday women and other femme-presenting people put into performing their identity. As feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir wrote in 1949, “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” Drag, like Beyoncé, takes that concept out of the lofty world of academic theory and makes it part of the pop culture understanding of gender.
So femininity is all about make-up. RuPaul, Beyonce, Dolly Parton are lovely, but not my cosmetology idols. Simone de Beauvoir? Make-up and costumes do not a woman make. Most people are too busy living and paying for gasoline these days to get hung up on whether gender or biology are social constructs. We KNOW that most women are physically weaker than men. Y’all do y’all. Go examine your navels and let the rest of us work.
We are just telling you to keep your groomers away from our kids. You know who they are although you pretend you don’t. LTBTQ and drag shows are not necessarily grooming. Kids under say 12 don’t need to discuss sex or sexuality at the LGBTQ or drag levels. Family-friendly drag shows? Kitty DeMure explains why she won’t perform at a family-friendly drag show:
Heterosexual parents are doing this. They are booking the drag performers. I believe it. Drag leads to trans which leads to lifelong medical needs which leads to profit for the pharmaceutical companies. Thank you, Kitty DeMure.
Salon and Amanda Marcotte are like those heterosexual parents booking the drag shows. They think they are being inclusive, but they are sexualizing are children. Go away. Keep your prejudices away from us and our kids.
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