Drag is a Form of Art Liberty and Freedom of Expression as well as it is Entertainment not to be Banned
Written by Peter Boykin on June 25, 2023
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
Drag is a Form of Art, Liberty and Freedom of Expression as well as it is Entertainment, not to be Banned!
With this said, Drag is a mixture of opinion with also context can determine the level of context it could be perceived as.
This like any other form of entertainment it could be judged on level of kid friendly G to Very adult X rated.
Any entertainment or art can fall under this.
This is why it is important to note that although many (including some gays) might consider Drag as “adult entertainment” this is incorrect because there are many styles of drag and many levels.
Here are examples:
Drag Has Entertained Generations of Moviegoers
Drag is under attack. But before the art form was a political pawn, drag was a staple of Hollywood filmmaking, entertaining many audiences.
From Some Like It Hot to Mrs. Doubtfire, Drag Has Been in Film for Decades
There were even films that were completely centered around a drag queen or an actor in drag — one of the most prominent being the Academy Award-winning Mrs. Doubtfire, which features Robin Williams in drag as Euphegenia Doubtfire. From heartfelt tales to dramas to comedies and horror, drag has had a presence in the art of making movies. There is even a popular franchise of movies that centers around Tyler Perry dressed in drag as the infamous Madea. Hollywood’s history of drag includes many key actors: Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, Marlon and Shawn Wayans, Eddie Murphy and so many more.
So why deprive the world of drag when it has entertained so many? At one point in time, a movie that centered around three drag queens road-tripping across the country grossed over $47 million worldwide and earned No. 1 at the box office for its first two weeks. In 1995, To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, featuring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo, became a cult classic. Two of its stars were even nominated for Golden Globe Awards. In short, drag is an art form that has been seen favorably by the masses for years and has been an embraced form of entertainment, even though many may not have even known what drag was.
Bans on Drag Are a Chilling Attack on Art
Through the fake guise of wanting to “protect children,” bills banning drag shows have been sweeping the nation. Since the beginning of the year, 30+ bills have been filed within states targeting drag performances, and more are on their way.
Support for these bills has been driven by the some of my fellow conservative right’s discomfort with artistic expression that defies traditional gender norms. So despite drag’s long history and cultural role within society, drag has become the target of legal action and outright violent attacks.
It targets both an art form and an already marginalized community. But even more, the legislation attacks something at the core of artistic expression: the ability to dress up and play characters outside oneself, to step out into something new, to escape from the world, to find community and acceptance, to make the world better for someone else.
Bottomline Drag can be put at any level of entertainment and be appropriate. So if drag is set to be family friendly let’s ensure that it is and protest only if it does go out of the advertised range. If drag is set to be adult let’s make sure its advertised as such and discourage children and put forth the same measures you would for any other adult level of entertainment.
We personally will never vote to outright ban or limit drag
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