Child Drag Shows Are Becoming A Thing
(PatriotWise.com) – On Sunday, an Oregon bar held a drag queen storytime brunch featuring an 11-year-old drag performer called Vanellope, drawing dozens of protesters.
Old Nick’s Pub in Eugene advertised the event last week on Facebook, describing the 11-year-old in drag as having “all the charm and sweetness of a bowl of sugary cereal.” And yes, this drag storytime was open to all ages.
Sunday morning, dozens of people showed up to protest the event while around 200 counter-protesters turned up to protest the protesters.
The protesters began arriving about an hour before the 11:00 am drag event started. Eugene Police began closing down streets, pushing the protesters further away from the club.
According to a local news report, the two groups of protesters began shouting at each other and there were some physical altercations between them. One person was pepper-sprayed in the face and another was taken to the hospital.
Counter-protesters began throwing smoke canisters and a paintball gun was also used.
Once the anti-drag queen protesters left, the counter-protesters remained outside until the event was over.
Jean Woest, the manager of Old Nick’s Pub defended the supposed “family-friendly” event, arguing that it’s nothing but a drag queen reading children’s books to children, adding “there’s nothing else, nothing nefarious.”
Woest also expressed surprise that people would object to an 11-year-old drag performer, arguing that she thinks it’s “weird” that people think “because it’s drag, it’s inherently sexual.”
The parents of the exploited 11-year-old said in a statement that the kid has been performing in drag since 7 and is not being forced into it.
Old Nick’s Pub isn’t the only bar to spark backlash for hosting “family-friendly” drag performances.
In June, a gay bar in Dallas found itself in hot water after footage from its family-friendly drag show showed children dancing with and giving tips to sexualized drag queens performing in front of vulgar signs.
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