To the surprise of nobody, Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert has waded into the recent debate about drag queens performing for kids.
Yesterday she tweeted, “Take your children to CHURCH, not drag bars.”
Take your children to CHURCH, not drag bars.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 6, 2022
Her comments come after a Dallas gay bar, Mr. Misster, hosted a Pride Month, family-friendly drag brunch on Saturday. Right-wing activists descended on the bar to protest and harass some of the parents and children queuing to get in.
Some of the activists managed to sneak inside the venue and take video footage of the show, in which some drag queens collected dollars from children. The videos were quickly shared on social media, prompting condemnation from some Republicans.
A Texas, GOP Rep. Bryan Slaton, yesterday announced he would be filing legislation to ban drag performances anywhere minors are present.
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was quick to join the chorus of outrage, agreeing that, “It should be illegal to take children into Drag Queen shows and strip clubs. And there should be no federal funding for any school that intentionally confuses children about gender/sexuality. Any teacher or school employee caught doing so should be fired and lose all benefits.”
It should be illegal to take children into Drag Queen shows and strip clubs.
And there should be no federal funding for any school that intentionally confuses children about gender/sexuality.
Any teacher or school employee caught doing so should be fired and lose all benefits.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 6, 2022
However, it was Boebert’s tweet that seems to gain the most traction, with over 65,000 likes and thousands of comments. Many wanted to point out the obvious weakness of her argument: Countless children have been abused at the hands of pastors and priests.
In which of these two places have more children been abused? https://t.co/F3VEAKSuRW
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 6, 2022
Just not any of these churches pic.twitter.com/LpO2lRUIuk
— Santiago Mayer (@santiagomayer_) June 6, 2022
I’ve never heard of children getting molested in drag bars.
— Jen Henry 🇺🇸🇺🇦🏳️🌈 (@jenresisted) June 6, 2022
I’ve been going to drag clubs since I was a teenager. I never heard of a drag queen assaulting a child, but I have reported on dozens of cases of pedophile priests. Maybe sit this one out, ma’am. https://t.co/scd7ZwISFP
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) June 7, 2022
Others were quick to remind Boebert that her husband was prosecuted with exposing himself to minors at a bowling alley.
Your husband exposed his tattooed baloney pony to a bunch of teenage girls at a bowling alley snack bar, Klannie Oakley.
All they did was go to a bowling alley & they got a peep show from a pervert.
We can’t even send kids to bowling alleys with your hubs around.
So cut the shit.
— Jo 🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) June 6, 2022
keep your children away from Lauren Boebert’s husband, he likes to expose himself. in fact he was arrested for it
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) June 6, 2022
How about bowling alley’s? pic.twitter.com/3Tmw6Ec3Qt
— Adam Lockett (@AdamLockett34) June 6, 2022
But not to BOWLING ALLEYS, where Lauren’s husband might flash them his tattooed penis again.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 6, 2022
And others said that she should just leave it up to parents to decide where they want to take their kids.
Isn’t it up to the parents where they decide to take their children? I thought Republicans believed in freedom of choice?
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) June 6, 2022