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Me for the WSJ: Kids can’t stand Drag Queen Story Hour but their woke parents sure love the “gender fluidity” and the virtue-signaling

October 10, 2019

Cholula Lemon

Photo: DQSH website

Me for the Wall Street Journal:

Do DQSH events really “corrupt children” at taxpayer expense, as critics charge? I decided to find out for myself by joining about 20 parents and their preschool-age offspring one Saturday morning at a basement community center in Washington, D.C.’s fast-gentrifying Adams-Morgan neighborhood where once-seedy rowhouses now sell for more than $1 million and sport “Hate Has No Home Here” lawn signs. We were there, adults and children alike mostly sitting on the floor, to be entertained by William Havranek, a professional on the local drag circuit. Mr. Havranek, who performs in character as Venus Valhalla, was dressed to the nines: a flirty red party frock (think Early Katy Perry), sparkly stilettos, a Niagara Falls of a blonde wig, and enough stage makeup to supply all 14,000 extras in “The Ten Commandments.”…

The adults present loved Drag Queen Story Hour. They laughed at Venus’s jokes, and they sang the children’s songs along with her, rolling their hands and shaking their fingers Hokey Pokey-style as she did. When she stuck out her tongue during a ditty about a frog, so did the mothers and fathers. It was the children who . . . didn’t react at all. They either stared transfixed at Venus, squirmed restlessly, or crawled and toddled off to find their own entertainments. After the reading a mother brought her little daughter up to meet Venus, who offered to let the girl try on one of the massive rhinestone bracelets she wore on both wrists. The mother, delighted, slipped a bracelet onto her own wrist; the little girl shrank back and turned her head away….

I have an even better suggestion: Leave the little ones with the babysitter and have a Drag Queen Story Hour just for parents. Adults these days crave kid stuff—coloring books, Legos, cookie dough—and those moms and dads who stuck out their tongues for the frog song will likely jump at another chance to sit on the floor, try on jewelry, relive kindergarten, and virtue-signal. That should make everyone happy.

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Posted by Charlotte Allen

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