Outrage after small child appears to rub the CROTCH of a female performer at Chattanooga Pride Youth Day drag show: Event organizers contend the woman stepped away immediately – and that they’ve received death threats following the incident

  • The clip was posted by several conservative influencers, including right wing journalist Andy Ngo, from the ‘Pride Youth Day’ drag show in Chattanooga 
  • A portion of the video shows a child approaching a performer dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and puts her hand on the performer’s crotch area 
  • The clip shows the youngster appearing to want to feel the texture of the costume they were wearing to approximate the Disney princess 
  • A spokesperson for Chattanooga Pride told NewsChannel 9 that the performer is a biological woman and has performed for children in the area several times
  • They also claim that the video is out of context and doesn’t show the performer going on to move the child’s hands away from her
  • Conservatives have been angered by the clip, with activist Robby Starbuck and Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp speaking out against it 

A so-called ‘family-friendly drag show’ at a Tennessee Pride event has created outrage and controversy after a child appears to touch a performer below the waist. 

The clip was posted by several conservative influencers, including right wing journalist Andy Ngo, from the ‘Pride Youth Day’ drag show at Wanderlinger Brewing Company. 

A portion of the video shows a child approaching a performer dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and puts her hand on the performer’s crotch area. 

The clip shows the youngster appearing to want to feel the texture of the costume they were wearing to approximate the Disney princess. 

A spokesperson for Chattanooga Pride told NewsChannel 9 that the performer is a biological woman and has performed for children in the area several times. They noted that all of the Disney Princess impersonators who performed at the show were biological women.

A so-called ‘family-friendly drag show’ at a Tennessee Pride event has created outrage and controversy after a child appears to touch a performer below the waist

The clip was posted by several conservative influencers, including right wing journalist Andy Ngo, from the ‘Pride Youth Day’ drag show at Wanderlinger Brewing Company

A portion of the video shows a child approaching a performer dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and puts her hand on the performer’s crotch area

They also claim that the video is out of context and doesn’t show the performer going on to move the child’s hands away from her and stand further away from her after the video ends. 

Their complete statement adds: ‘Her tail was made out of a reversible sequin fabric, which is why the younger child was touching it. What the video did not show was the performer redirecting the child by shifting to the side.’ 

They also claim that the video includes clips – including one performer spreading their legs to reveal their underwear – from events where children were not allowed to attend. 

Since the tweet, the spokesperson says they and the organization have received death threats. 

Conservatives have been angered by the clip, with activist Robby Starbuck saying: ‘I think it’s clearly wrong. 

The clip shows the youngster appearing to want to feel the texture of the costume they were wearing to approximate the Disney princess

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‘If you look at even some of the biggest drag queens in the world, they’re no stranger to admitting the fact that this is a very sexual, you know, sort of, we’ll call it an art form.’

A writer for the right wing site Law Enforcement Today went further, saying the event was: ‘Yet another disgusting display of child brainwashing and grooming of innocent children by the hands of sexualized drag queens.’ 

Natalie Green, who took her three young children to the event, defended the moment, having said: ‘The princesses were not drag performers, those were cisgender women. Nobody is forcing that child to do anything. She’s like, three, she saw something that was shiny.’

She added that she and her son watch RuPaul’s Drag Race together and wanted to see a drag show in person.

A spokesman for the bar – which claims it hosts everything from LGBTQ+ to church-related events – said in a statement: ‘The families in attendance voiced no issues and supported the activities happening related to the event and have supported the promoter on social media defending their choice, their children and Chattanooga Pride.’

Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp appeared disgusted by the video, saying, ‘This isn’t hard. Parents shouldn’t take kids to drag shows and business owners shouldn’t host drag shows aimed at children. 

‘It’s a shame this is happening on Ironman weekend when the best of our area is on display. For those visiting: no, these aren’t our values.’

He appeared to walk back his comments somewhat in a tweet that said that while he wouldn’t take his children to a drag show, that ‘any hate speech or threat of violence is despicable.’  

In a statement on Facebook, the Chattanooga Pride Board wrote that they are adding security to further events during their celebration but that they will go on as scheduled.

They wrote, ‘The 2022 Chattanooga Pride Board stands firm against all forms of prejudice, bigotry, racism, homophobia and transphobia. To the allies and supporters of our community: thank you. Thank you for standing by us. Your support does not go unnoticed.’

Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp appeared disgusted by the video

He appeared to walk back his comments somewhat in a tweet that said that while he wouldn’t take his children to a drag show, that ‘any hate speech or threat of violence is despicable’

In a statement on Facebook, the Chattanooga Pride Board wrote that they are adding security to further events during their celebration but that they will go on as scheduled

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