On Monday, The Conservative Review posted an article about “Back to School” drag show in Idaho. The show was canceled due to public outrage.
The article reports:
A “Back to School” drag show promoted for all ages in Idaho was canceled after online outrage.
The event was scheduled for September 24 at the College Market coffee shop in the city of Pocatello in southeast Idaho and was to be the second annual drag show of its kind.
“The free event aims to bring the fun and inviting spirit of drag to those who aren’t typically able to attend shows in their traditional setting (bars, clubs, etc.),” read one advertisement for the show.
Three days later on Monday, a post on the Facebook page for Southeastern-Idaho Pride said the show was canceled.
“We as a group have decided to cancel the September 24th Drag show,” the post read. “The event as planned was a G rated theatrical review, by all 18+ performers. However, due to the misinterpretation of marketing materials, and to mitigate the harm to our LGBTQ+ community, we feel it is best to not proceed with this performance.”
The advertisement for the show says that the event aims to bring the fun and inviting spirit of drag to those who aren’t typically able to attend shows in their traditional setting (bars, clubs, etc.), Has it occurred to anyone that there is a reason children are not typically able to attend these shows in their traditional setting? When did the people sponsoring these events decide they were appropriate for children?
The article concludes:
A similar drag show planned for the Boise Pride Festival faced backlash from those concerned about sexualization of children. The president of Boise Pride lashed out at critics and called the event a “celebration of self-expression and confidence.”
This is not a “celebration of self-expression and confidence.” It is a form of entertainment that is totally inappropriate for children.