We must be out of touch because we’re not sure the media needs to be shining a spotlight on kids in their single-digits who dress up in drag, but they must think it’s cute and empowering.
We’d kind have thought we were done doing these posts, but what should appear but another Pride Month, and now it’s time to put the child drag queens back on display, even on Twitter — where we were recently told there was a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation.
Today’s treat: we’re no longer talking about 11-year-old “Lactatia” pretending to snort club drug ketamine on video, or “Desmond Is Amazing,” who at 11 was paraded before bar patrons who threw dollar bills at him and then featured on “Good Morning America.” Good night, America.
No, this drag queen, “Kween KeeKee,” is 9 and lives outside of Austin, so ABC 13 in Houston thought they’d prance him out.
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) June 21, 2019
A 9-year-old living near Austin is spreading a message of love and inclusiveness as he performs as a drag queen.
Keegan performs in drag as Kween KeeKee.
A third-grade teacher asked her class what they wanted to be when they grow up, and Keegan wrote in his memory book these words: “gender creative.”
Keegan said he can be himself when he’s wearing a dress.
Who is he when he’s not wearing a dress, a wig, and makeup? And does he just do the drag thing at home? We doubt it — so what sort of venue books 9-year-old drag queens to perform?
And — just throwing this out there — maybe Kween KeeKee is spreading more than a message of love to certain admirers?
This is not OK
— Tim (@tntDVM) June 22, 2019
Do you ever just feel…”unclean” after reporting stuff like this?
— Stephe96 (@Stephe96) June 22, 2019
What the fuck is wrong with you?
— Princess of Whales (@corrcomm) June 22, 2019
Can we not.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 22, 2019
That's child abuse! Shame on you for promoting this!
— Habitual Linestepper (@FergusFSU) June 22, 2019
More like “spreading message” of child sexualization. It is heartbreaking that this child has been manipulated by his own parents. That is NOT love it’s abuse,
— Pat (@Pchurchmouse) June 22, 2019
A lot of 9 yr old boys and girls play dress up. It comes with the territory of exploring the sexes if you will. What they aren’t are drag queens nor kings. Enough with this generational brainwashing. Let kids be kids
— Politicker (@politikkor) June 22, 2019
The last time I was critical of something like this, I was banned by Twitter for a week.
— 🇮🇪Irish Hooligan🇮🇪 (@NYJetsFan74) June 22, 2019
But … the new Twitter rules suggest we should report it.
"Twitter has zero tolerance towards any material that features or promotes child sexual exploitation"https://t.co/ZPQDaeKSLJ
— Roman Möseneder (@dieserRoman) June 22, 2019
Stop promoting this- act like a news organization and not a propaganda magazine
— Kyle Raccio (@kyleraccio) June 22, 2019
Is this any different from the parents of Jonbenet Ramsey?
— C.Jarrous (@cejarrous) June 22, 2019
I read this and I thought the same 😒🤦🏻♀️
— Paula (@paulita72) June 22, 2019
You know, it would be one thing if they were doing in there house with friends (When I was 11 I wanted to be a makeup artist) but does anyone believe these kids have a real interest? I think I've seen one story where I thought "okay, that's what the kid wants."
— Ephrom Josine (@EphromJosine1) June 22, 2019
Thanks ABC for being our social engineering overlords. We will be choosing other options for our news consumption.
— 🇺🇸Kenny C.🇺🇸 (@Kenkong909) June 22, 2019
Mommy getting her 15 seconds of Fame.
— Jerry Boydson (@we_rbubbanation) June 22, 2019
We’re not saying this is the norm, but we did report on it at the time, seeing as Drag Queen Storytime was becoming all the rage in public libraries:
— tonyfromhouston (@tonyfromhouston) June 22, 2019
This is not love..this is child exploitation and abuse.. unnatural, immoral, unGodly
— Melissa Caton (@Melissacaton4) June 22, 2019
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 22, 2019
I call this child abuse. We should not be supporting it!
— Matthew Battle (@librab103) June 22, 2019
So it’s not sexualizing kids, it’s love. Got it
— Elihu Roots (@ElihuRoots) June 22, 2019
(It's not a message of love)
— Pounce de León (@RightAllTheTime) June 22, 2019
Spreading message of bad parenting
— bill1983 (@bill19831) June 22, 2019
You promote pedophilia. What sick, twisted people do you hire?
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) June 22, 2019
Can't wait to see them lower the age of consent to age 9.
'Love Wins", right?https://t.co/UbnOWwvR3H
— The Texas Republic (@RogerJordan12) June 22, 2019
You misspelled exploitation
— PaintHammer (@ben_dragoo) June 22, 2019
Stop trying to normalize this.
— Owen Thunderguns (@owenthunderguns) June 22, 2019
They are testing us guys … they are checking our reaction. The Overton Window
— Sanest Man (@BODYCONofficial) June 22, 2019
Who knows how many media outlets are feeding mom’s ego by spotlighting her little drag queen like this? We already have seen Elle, HuffPost, Good Morning America, HuffPost Canada, and VICE Canada celebrate this, and those are just the ones we’ve covered.
HuffPost Canada honors those families who believe ‘kids can handle the kink’ at pride parades https://t.co/EObC2AAikb
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 18, 2019