“Drag Queen Story Hour,” DQSH for short, is pretty much what it says it is: A drag queen goes to a library and spends an hour reading stories to children. The idea originated with queer writer and activist Michelle Tea in 2015, and right-wingers have been having fits about it ever since, seeing it as a vile propaganda tool that’s “normalizing degeneracy” and luring children into the LGBTQ lifestyle. One right-wing Christian activist likened the events to “mental rape.”
If you’re curious as to what exactly happens at one of these events, a writer for the right-wing Federalist recently attended one in D.C. and brought back a field report of sorts. Gabe Kaminsky made sure no one would have to doubt which side of the “controversy” he was on, describing DQDH’s as
essentially when creepy adults spend time with children to indoctrinate them on controversial theories about sex and diversity.
There was just one problem: this particular DQSH was, as far as I can tell from his report, a fairly straightforward affair, free of “mental rape” and sneaky indoctrination.
Given that nothing dastardly happened during the event, Kaminsky resorted to weird insinuations and inappropriate scare-quotes in an attempt to make a very un-sinister experience seem sinister.
At a place called “Unity Park” in Washington D.C. over the weekend, parents brought their kids to listen to a female drag queen rocking Yoda-like ears and high-top silver boots read politically correct books, lecture on diversity, and flail around.
Yoda ears and silver boots! What a satanic combination!
The drag queen performing at the event, Katie Macyshyn, aka “Katie Magician,”
began by fiddling with a ukulele and reciting her pronouns. She stared down at kids through colored contacts.
Ukelele and pronouns and colored contacts! Oh my!
Macyshyn opened the story hour with the game “Simon Says.” After saying the name “Simon,” she backpedaled, seemingly discontent with using a male name. She then told the kids they would play “Katie says,” before reading.
Not “Katie says!” HER NAME IS KATIE! iS SHE SECRETLY HYPNOTIZING THE KIDS AND BRINGING THEM UNDER HER CONTROL …
Well, no, she wasn’t. It’s just a kids’ game.
Halfway through, Macyshyn instructed everyone to stand up for a game. Attendees walked over to the left of the park. The performer would say “pose” and everyone would stop.
The host took off her jacket after a few “poses,” staring at kids and almost reaching out to grasp them.
Almost? You’re accusing her of not doing something? If she had actually reached out and grabbed a couple of children and run off with them, that would be a story. “Almost” grabbing a kid isn’t a thing.
Kaminsky, lacking examples of actual deviance in the show, decided to attack Macyshyn, a performance artist, for things she has done elsewhere, for adult audiences.
Her performances include dancing in stockings with pieces of green cake falling off her costume, singing shirtless with duct tape on her breasts as people touch her forehead, dancing with a black thong around her thighs, and laying down with what appears to be fake sperm across her mouth.
Well, I guess it’s too bad she didn’t do any of these things in front of children because then Kaminsky would have a story. She didn’t; he doesn’t.
But that doesn’t stop him from declaring that Macyshyn is “one of the last people parents should let influence their kids or parenting.”
I can only assume that Kaminsky has written a similar piece arguing that Melania Trump is an unfit mother and a terrible role model because she has appeared in nude photos.
I couldn’t find such an article in The Federalist’s archives, though I did notice a small flood of articles by other Federalist writers defending Melania’s “sexy stillettos.” Maybe Kaminsky hasn’t heard about Melania’s photos? Maye he’s just too busy looking up what he thinks is incriminating stuff about drag queens.
Or maybe he just “almost” wrote such a story. Yeah, that’s probably almost it.
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