A showing of a down syndrome drag show has been kicked out of a venue in Grand Rapids, MI following public outrage.
The organizers still claim that “Drag Syndrome” will be performed somewhere else in the city on Sept. 7, as apart of the Project 1 contest by ArtPrize. The organization holding the contest is not happy about the decision made by owners of the venue.
ArtPrize released a statement saying that the organization “has always supported free artistic expression by all participants and has not denied or screen individuals. Consistent with this, we believe it would be inappropriate to limit the participation of performers who have Down syndrome.”
Drag Syndrome is the latest manufactured craze pushed by the LGBT movement to exploit disabled individuals to promote their perverse sexual agenda.
The display was supposed to be held at Tanglefoot, a venue owned by Peter Meijer, whose family owns a popular grocery store chain in the Midwest. Meijer, who is also one of many Republican Congressional contenders in Michigan’s 3rd District, kicked the perverse display out of his venue.
“As the true nature of Drag Syndrome’s performance became clear, I consulted with various relevant communities to ensure my decision was made as free from personal bias as possible,” Meijer wrote in his official statement about his decision.
“I spoke with parents of the differently abled, people who had family members with Down’s syndrome, and members of the LGBTQ and artist community. In nearly every conversation, concerns were raised about the potential exploitation of the vulnerable,” he added.
“I cannot know, and neither can an audience, whether the individuals performing for Drag Syndrome are giving, or are in a position to give, their full and informed consent. To that end, I cannot allow Drag Syndrome to perform at Tanglefoot,” Meijer concluded.
However, one of Meijer’s Republicans opponents for the 3rd District Congressional Seat – veterans’ advocate Thomas Norton – believes that Meijer’s venue never should have agreed to host the event in the first place.
“The fact that you have to sit there and figure out what consultants are going to tell you is okay is disturbing. You have no moral compass, which is one of the first requirements that you need in Congress,” Norton said in a Twitter post.
“It’s not deep reflection. You knew dang well what was going on there, and the fact that you’re going to pretend you didn’t is a lie,” he added.
DisArt, an organization that promotes disabled people in the arts, is angry at Meijer as well because they feel he did not adequately kowtow to the LGBT agenda.
“Exclusion is discrimination, it is self-preservation, it is exploitation for political gain. It is not protection,” DisArt wrote in a letter. “We are deeply saddened, angered and appalled at the decision to exclude Drag Syndrome from a venue they were given.”
DisArt vows to find a new venue to host Drag Syndrome, as sanity is not expected to last in Grand Rapids for long.
Virginia School District Stops Celebrating Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day Because of the “Racial Undertones” in His Books
It’s all so tiresome.
The Loudoun County School District in northern Virginia has stopped celebrating Dr. Seuss during Read Across America Day because of the “strong racial undertones” in some of his books.
“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Examples include anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language,” the district wrote in a statement.
“Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of ‘Read Across America Day’ in Loudoun County Public Schools,” the statement added.
To be clear, this does not mean that Loudoun County School District is outright banning Dr. Seuss’ books. They are still available for children to read in their libraries and classrooms.
Read Across America Day is celebrated every year on March 2, the day of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and many schools across the country celebrate National Reading Month every March.
The National Education Association, which created National Reading Month and Read Across America Day, started to distance themselves from explicit promotion of Dr. Seuss in 2017 and now promotes non-white authors who write books about “racial justice,” “inclusivity,” and so on.
Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, worked as a political cartoonist in addition to illustrating and writing children’s books. Interestingly enough, Geisel was a passionate supporter of FDR and a lifelong liberal Democrat.
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