First we had the great Does Kink Belong at Pride debates of 2018-19. Now, in a somewhat darker era, we have the “are drag queens kid-friendly” debate, another debate that actually isn’t a debate at all.
It all started—extremely stupidly—after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made a statement about how drag “corrupts” children after seeing a photo of a child stuffing dollar bills into a performer’s underwear. Quickly enough, however, the Internet uncovered that the photo in question was of a cis woman—burlesque performer Bella Blue—instead of a drag queen.
You’d think the bullsh*t would have ended there, but of course it didn’t, because this is America. Instead of backing down or apologizing for their mistake, DeSantis apologists doubled-down on the idea that drag harms or corrupts children, leading to a group of trolls storming a library where a drag queen story hour was being held earlier this month.
But we still haven’t gotten any confirmation that drag is somehow a bad influence or kids–likely because there is no actual proof to this theory. Why would drag be anything but cool and exciting to a child? Seriously, what’s the issue?
Today, however, the ultimate clapback emerged in the form of a Twitter post by user @jdebbiel.
“Drag will confuse kids” what the hell is this pic.twitter.com/4NdWDwGzc2
— Deb JJ Lee @ preorder IN LIMBO!! (@jdebbiel) June 26, 2022
The fact that Republicans and other unsavories feel like drag is the thing that’s perverting their kids when you can watch a G-rated movie showing a minion in a thong…madame. MADAME! Of course, everyone joyfully went off in the thread, pointing out other examples of seemingly harmless, kink-free family entertainment that has a more…sexual…side:
I “wonder” what these are as well, hm…🧐
I can assure that the creators of despicable me do not give two shits if they “confuse the children” LMFAO. pic.twitter.com/5uYTjcLWf3
— 🍔 (@purpleacee) June 27, 2022
Apparently, the minions from the “Despicable Me” universe enjoy a gay kiss and salivate over a gigantic phallic object at different points in the DCU (Despicable Extended Universe.)
IN A KIDS MOVIE????? AYEEEOOOO pic.twitter.com/v9qWzP9BvC
— Noir (@nas_no1r) June 27, 2022
Other uses pointed out several “unsavory” moments in kids media, including the time beloved Muppet Gonzo tried to get it on with Camilla the chicken (who is sometimes referred to as his girlfriend.)
I wonder if the people saying that grew up watching these two. pic.twitter.com/b6DvnTkMbS
— easily dissolved (@easilydissolved) June 27, 2022
And also, let’s not forget that kids media has given us BELOVED queer and trans characters throughout history, including GIRL BUGS BUNNY.
They also act like we’ve never seen this either! pic.twitter.com/7jtbZ6ltwQ
— Kaichou (@El_Kaichou) June 27, 2022
So let’s take this again…exactly who and what is corrupting the children? Surely not the queer media that exists to show us that there’s a better, less stupid world out there somewhere.