Texas University cancels drag show after president compares it to "blackface" and students are freaking out about it
God bless Texas, y'all. West Texas A & M took a stand against the drag show cultism, and we are so here for it.
Walter Wendler, the President of West Texas A&M University, just canceled a planned drag show charity performance called, ""A Fool’s Drag Race" on Mar. 31. The show was supposed to raise money for The Trevor Project, a "transgender crisis management non-profit". Wendler clarified that he supported donating money to the organization, but explained that a drag show is not the way to do it.
In an email to the school, Wendler wrote, "Does a drag show preserve a single thread of human dignity? I think not. As a performance of exaggerating aspects of womanhood (sexuality, femininity, gender), drag shows stereotype women in cartoon-like extremes for the amusement of others and discriminate against womanhood. Any event that diminishes an individual or group through representation is wrong."
He went so far as to compare drag to blackface: "As a university president, I would not support 'blackface' performances on our campus, even if told the performance is a form of free speech or intended as humor. It is wrong. I do not support any show, performance or artistic expression which denigrates others—in this case, women—for any reason."
""Should I let rest misogynistic behavior portraying women as objects?"
I love this guy. He's absolutely right that drag makes a mockery of what it means to be a woman, and it's kind of hilarious that the feminists can't see that. And he's pretty brave to make the blackface comparison - but where's the lie?
Students, however, unsurprisingly had a different reaction. They held a protest and set up a petition to have the event restored and decried the blackface comparison. As of the time of this writing, the petition has about 9k signatures. Here's to hoping the wokies don't succeed.