Performing for children has its own magic, and it is very heartwarming that a generation of kids will grow up having been exposed to different identities and lifestyles.' | @crystalwillseeu ✍ 👇 metro.co.uk/2022/07/02/there…
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'Over the last few weeks, a debate has been ignited.' 'A video of a drag show aimed at children in Texas went viral, and we’ve since seen protests outside similar shows and proposed new legislation banning drag shows for children.'
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'This debate is spilling over into the UK, and the usual Twitter controversy chasers have got involved.' 'This feels even more bizarre here, because unlike in the US, the UK has a long history of drag-as-family-entertainment – panto.'
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'It’s one of the things I love about doing drag here – most people have been exposed to it before so there’s often a higher baseline of acceptance and understanding in the general public of what drag is all about.'
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'However, I’ll be honest – I didn’t get into drag to entertain children.' 'I love performing for adults, particularly queer adults, because it feels like we’re speaking the same language and have the same references.'
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'That said, I am perfectly capable of toning down my performances to suit all ages audiences.' 'Fundamentally, when I perform for children, there is no real difference to taking a kid to a musical – big costumes, fun music and lots of playful self expression.'
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'Performing for children has its own magic, and it is very heartwarming that a generation of kids will grow up having been exposed to different identities and lifestyles.'
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'Society does not struggle with ideas of ‘appropriateness’ when we’re discussing other art forms.' 'There is no difference between a drag artist performing for an all-ages audience, and an actor who typically makes action movies making a movie aimed at children.'
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'I believe in the safeguarding of children, but I do not see anything inherently dangerous about a man in a dress or a woman in a suit.' 'If you do, there are much bigger bigotries at play which need a bigger conversation.'
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'Calling drag artists ‘groomers’ is just recycled homophobia for a transphobic era. There is a long history of calling members of the LGBT+ community dangers to children.' 👇 metro.co.uk/2022/07/02/there…

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Tory MPs seem to be a far greater risk
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Pantomime has a long tradition of Drag Queens, faux outrage again from far right groups
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Left of Centre here, and this is nothing like panto. Widow Twanky didn't twerk to kids in a thong.
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The problem is there are performers who don’t tone it down for their audience. There’s been a few exposed on social media - who manages the safeguarding in this instance?
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Distraction from bigger story.
UFC’s Isreal Adesanya: “Ghislaine Maxwell was supplying kids for all these f*cking pedos, right? Where’s the list?.. does that get swept under the rug? Do they not get any time for actually f*cking those kids?” nitter.fdn.fr/TheNo1Waffler/st…
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The warning signs seem to be all ticked here. Initially claims it isnt happening. Then admits it's happening, but says it's a good thing. Claims victimood when opposed.
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guys will say "the warning signs all seem to be here" while being called shit like "ensign redcoat" like idk man maybe the reason you oppose progress is because you realllly miss the british empire? do you miss the old days where you could say slurs that much? do you?
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We've had 'drag' in the UK since 1806 when dames first appeared in pantomime. I don't think there's an issue as long as the act isn't sexualised.
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Pantomime dames are a lot different to drag artists.
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