The drag show at the Columbia Values Diversity Breakfast and the controversy that followed got me thinking. In the dead of winter, walking the dog under a star-filled sky, I felt how public discussion was ignited.
I would encourage you not to fire responses that incorrectly imply that pornographic material is attractive to children.
However, I hear your particular concern about public school students being on a field trip without parents being notified or able to consent to the drag segment.
I understand it’s harder to fully trust the school district after they also pointed to a city-sponsored website with the names of the keynote speaker and entertainment provider and said they had no prior knowledge that a drag show feature was planned. .
You are correct that the entertainment sponsor is known for sponsoring drag shows in the city and that two school district officials were part of the subcommittees for the event. School board member Chris Horne later publicly offered reasonable blame, saying that communication should be better and that officials should at least own up to it when the district makes a mistake.
It is good to understand that people have different sensitivities to their children, especially when they are in the care of someone else.
Organizers describe the performance with a G-rating. It’s reminiscent of Dora the Explorer or Sesame Street, which added a transgender character in recent years.
Drag, or male “dressing as a woman,” is an art form that deliberately focuses on sexuality. A form-fitting sequin dress with glittery hair and animated make-up is sure to turn heads.
The crowd was inspired to call, and several attendees — including two city council members — playfully threw dollar bills at the performers. Now, again, let’s not exaggerate, the money was in the hands of the artists (not for the brasserie or anything), but this points to an adult-oriented interaction.
There’s nothing pornographic about videos posted on social media, so of course X doesn’t even have R. Let’s avoid exaggeration, please.
The principal had to apologize to one boy’s parents, and confirmed that it was at least a PG-rated show, possibly PG-13.
Did no one who planned this breakfast stop and consider the ethics in our state Capitol?
Sponsors of legislative bills related to transgender athletes, gender grooming regulations, and more. using it as campaign fodder. Parent sponsors for the Bill of Rights have found a new poster child for their cause. A major windfall has been blown into the sails of school voucher programs that have been stalled for years.
Some who have defended the event have turned to their own hyperbole by pointing out the hate and abuse in other communities, and we’re against it, as if anyone here who even raises an eyebrow must be anti-social phobic or worse.
Meanwhile, a friend of mine shared many of your concerns with me and even said, “Even though it might be (relatively) clean…as a drag queen myself, I wouldn’t want my kids to be introduced to it at school. incident without my consent”.
Other friends of mine, who describe themselves as liberal diversity advocates, shared that this was not the type of presentation they would normally expect at breakfast in the morning. If two cups of coffee haven’t woken up the attendees yet, it certainly will.
Again, this wouldn’t be (national) news if there weren’t young children here whose parents weren’t previously notified. We could have avoided such a broad reaction and counter-reaction.
When there is a lack of trust, it can lead to fewer misunderstandings. You may have caught Tanya Heath’s thoughtful letter to the editor of The Missourian last week, encouraging level heads and hearts that are humble and forgiving.
I hear your concerns, but please don’t join the rhetorical crowd.
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