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.
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