Apologies in advance if you’re tired of hearing about drag queens between the ages of, say, 8 and 11, but a tweet by @crkleffner brought this to our attention and it really needs saying.
If you’ve been following Twitchy you’ll know we’ve been tracking the glowing media exposure given to child drag queens; the first who ever crossed our radar was “Lactacia,” who was featured in a giddy ELLE video when he was 8; last we saw him he was 11, sitting next to another (adult) drag queen, and (hopefully) miming the act of snorting club drug Ketamine.
Who else has gotten on the “Oh, isn’t that cute?” train? Good Morning America showed off their 11-year-old drag queen, who had previously been featured in a Pride Month video on HuffPost when he was 10. Good morning, America, time to get woke.
It would be wrong to pass judgment on a kid who just wants to dress up in drag and express himself, right? But since Twitter rolled out its new rules Thursday …
We have zero tolerance for child sexual exploitation on Twitter.https://t.co/X0hPDRmjSG
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) June 6, 2019
Zero chance this will apply to the drag queen kid. https://t.co/SdD5a5KtIw
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) June 6, 2019
Missed it by just a few hours:
These kids are the next generation of drag queens. pic.twitter.com/UfgeakEyu6
— VICE Canada (@vicecanada) June 6, 2019
It’s too perfect sometimes pic.twitter.com/1dUpeqmN1h
— Just Chris ن (@crkleffner) June 6, 2019
Isn’t it? YouTube couldn’t figure out if Steven Crowder was just joking or harming the community at large; will Twitter weigh in on what it considers child exploitation? Because we’re pretty sure we’re seeing it.
— John The Maintenance Boss 🛠 (@JohnMaintenanc1) June 6, 2019
It’ll still be up tomorrow, and the day after that, guaranteed.
— Koal Donaldson (@Foreman13_) June 6, 2019
Needs more Ketamine
— Bobbi Jo Woöds (@beejereeno) June 6, 2019
— Ivan Toth (@konzervahr) June 6, 2019
This is just wrong
— lil chug jug (@sven_A_H) June 6, 2019
75 years ago soldiers died in battle for this…
— Nicolás Plissken 🇦🇷🇦🇮 (@Niko_alksandr) June 6, 2019
— TreDaGreat (@PhamousTre) June 6, 2019
But it’s Pride Month! Are you just going to sit on a video of little boys dressed up in drag?
This is pretty messed up
— Pól Ó'hAodha (@PHaodha) June 6, 2019
— anna paula pereira (@annapaulasnoo) June 6, 2019
I just see child abuse and parental neglect.
— kerry (@americanestdude) June 6, 2019
One word, degeneracy
— Nimbo (@Nimbo_YT) June 6, 2019
Yep, this is definitely exploitation
— I’m the Devil (@GreciaJackson58) June 6, 2019
So let me guess, either we applaud this or we're bigots, right? Well, I'm a bigot. And pretty proud of it too.
— BSF (@BSF_75) June 6, 2019
And I thought “Toddlers and Tiaras” was bad….
— cneyleigh (@cneyleigh) June 6, 2019
A new sophisticated form of child abuse.
— Georgie 😀 (@GeorgiePineda) June 6, 2019
Thank god most of the replies in here are ripping this nonsense…. is that a glimmer of hope?
— Kevin Jackson (@Moosekj25) June 6, 2019
My comment is no comment
— ADAM (@AdamGoodDeliman) June 6, 2019
— [Argh] theNiNjA (@Just1NinJa) June 6, 2019
That cannot happen any sooner.
We needed it like 10 years ago.
— G̫͝Ö͍́Ṟ̕A͉̒N̜̓ (@gormagion) June 6, 2019
Great D-Day tribute
— Cryptofungus (@crypt0fungus) June 6, 2019
This is exploitative.
— B-dub (@URoverdrive) June 6, 2019
Rome fell to debauchery and sin but we humans are a stubborn bunch and doomed to repeat the past, slowly we inch
— Michael (@JMThePrince1) June 6, 2019
This is blatant child abuse!
— This guy (@bassplayerzim) June 6, 2019
This is wrong.
— TheeSabin (@jasonwaynemc) June 6, 2019
They are the next generation of sexually exploited children.
— Professor Emeritus Don Wayne (@abdwj48) June 6, 2019
This is disturbing on so many levels
— Steph W (@StephanW80) June 6, 2019
That's really sad.
— Sharon (@srjensen119) June 6, 2019
this. is. grooming.
— ~ (@a_sapphicharpy) June 6, 2019
This is grotesque abuse & exploitation of children.
— Mary Strow (@marylanestrow) June 6, 2019
But if you disagree with this, you're homophobic apparently
— Lasagna (@Real_TonyBishop) June 6, 2019
Two words: Child. Abuse.
— thimo (@thimomerke) June 6, 2019
There are zero naturally “drag obsessed kids”.
None of my kids know what drag is and can’t become obsessed with it. They also can’t buy themselves elaborate costumes, makeup, or stripper heels.
This is entirely driven by adults.
Let’s ponder together.
What are their motives?
— Lu in Alaska 💐 (@luinalaska) June 6, 2019
Thank “RuPaul’s Drag Race”?
Will there be a show on hypersexualized adolescent heterosexual girls?
— A Crude Awakening (@allengilmer) June 6, 2019
Don’t be gross, of course not. That would be wrong.
Outrageous: Hateful bigots shutting down library’s Drag Queen Story Time … oh, wait, there’s more https://t.co/Av9GMsLFBx
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 20, 2019