Monday, November 14, 2022

Should the State ban drag show performances that may be viewed by children.

 by Rod Williams, Nov. 14, 2022- The Tennessee Conservative reports that Senator Jack Johnson has introduced a bill that would ban drag shows within the state if the drag show could be viewed by children.

SB03 “creates an offense for a person who engages in an adult cabaret performance on public property or in a location where the adult cabaret performance could be viewed by a person who is not an adult.”

Senator Jack Johnson is one of my favorite State politicians, but I would have to be convinced that there is really a need for this bill before I would be in favor of it.  

Female impersonators and drag shows have been around for a long time. This is not just a new phenomenon. On stage, men have dressed as women going back at least to the ancient Greeks.

Recently a friend of one of my siblings got married and at the party after the wedding a drag queen Dolly Parton performed.  They told me it was a hoot.  Children were present.  Should I have been present and that occurred, I would have likely enjoyed it also. I would not have run off in a huff.  

If my grandson would have been with me, I would not have shielded his eyes. He is almost four and super smart but he probably would not have noticed it was a man in drag.  If he was a little older or did notice, I would have just let it slide without discussion unless he asked about it. I just don't see the harm. While I would not choose to have that kind of entertainment at a wedding I planned, I don't want to prohibit it. 

While I think library funding should be cut for libraries that host drag queen story hours and while I oppose much of the push to normalize deviancy, we do not need to go overboard. While we should be vigilant in making sure schools are not pushing a transgender ideology or gay agenda, we don't need to go overboard in trying to make society puritanical.  I tend to believe that government should do less to police the morals of society; not more. If public funding is not involved, I favor live and let live. 

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