By Jonathon Van Maren
If any of my readers still need evidence that the culture war is totalizing, consider how, in a couple of years, drag queens have become a staple of nearly every single public event. Not just Drag Queen Story Hour for kids or drag queens as a feature of sex education in schools — any event, regardless of how seemingly disconnected it is from the Sexual Revolution, must have a token drag queen as evidence of how on board with the revolution they are.
Here are just a few recent examples.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, an NHL team primarily famous for finding creative ways to lose, recently hosted drag performances to highlight their support for “the community.” The Leafs promptly posted photographs of the drag queens flailing about in front of the team colors because showcasing their wokeness is the entire point of the exercise. “Stick taps to the amazing performances from @VisionDrag during tonight’s Pride Game,” they tweeted. So if you’re a hockey fan, get used to this sort of thing. Professional sports now feature requisite queer performers.
Kelsea Ballerini, a “pop country” singer from Tennessee, decided to use the Country Music Television (CMT) Awards to signal her virtue, as well. The country music scene has always been one of the few conservative bastions within the entertainment industry, and there have recently been clashes between young, LGBT-supporting up and comers and older country stars like Jason Aldean who oppose the transgender agenda.
Ballerini used her bully pulpit moment to bring Drag Race stars Manila Luzon, Kennedy Davenport, Jan Sport, and Olivia Lux on stage for her performance of “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too).” Despite loud backlash from the fans, Ballerini announced that she regretted nothing.