Watch: Montana official claims drag is 'vital art' minors absolutely need to see
This week, a bill banning children from attending drag shows in Montana passed its second reading in the House. Now, this is something you'd think everyone would be on board with. But it's 2023, so of course it's not.
Representative Zooey Zephyr had a strong opinion on this bill. It's important to note that Zephyr is a beautiful and brave transperson. According to Zephyr, it's actually vital to LGBTQ culture that children attend drag shows. Apparently, drag is "art" that children must be repeatedly exposed to.
The bill defines drag performance as “topless dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, or male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to prurient interests.” Prurient interest is defined as “having a tendency to excite lustful thought," which is definitely not an appropriate setting for young children. At least, some people think so.
Rep. Zephyr argued, "There were comments about people who had gone 30 years ago to drag shows, and saw adult-focused experiences. There are questions as to, 'why are children coming to them now? Well, I'll tell you what happened. We lived. We lived through the AIDs epidemic. We lived through people trying to disallow our marriage. We adopted children. We grew up. And now, we're taking some of our children, and sharing an art form that's valuable to our community."
I'm not really sure what trans people growing up and adopting children or gay marriage and the AIDs epidemic have to do with six-year-olds watching half-naked men dance around at bars. I'm also not sure why anyone would want that to be their culture's "art form." But I think I speak for most conservatives when I say the main issue is, in fact, the half-naked men engaging in stripteases. That's typically not something children want to, or should, see. And it's not art. Sorry.