The Daily Telegraph carried an article under the title Why do the Left want little children to be taught by drag queens?
Michael Deacon, the assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph has this to say about drag queens being invited to read stories to five-year-old kids in the UK.
We appear to have imported yet another woke trend from America, but I doubt it’s at the request of Britain’s five-year-olds
COLUMNIST & ASSISTANT EDITOR27 July 2022 • 7:00pm
Young British Left-wingers have a strange attitude towards the United States. On the one hand, they loathe it – on the grounds that it’s a warmongering, imperialist, capitalist, white supremacist monstrosity that, for decades, has wickedly conspired to prevent countries in Central and South America from attaining socialist utopia.
At the same time, however, they’re utterly in thrall to the US, and slavishly follow all its political trends. Every time a radical new culture-war crusade becomes fashionable in the States, the young British Left instantly adopt it, regardless of whether it’s actually applicable over here. Which is why, in the past two years, we’ve been confronted by the peculiar sight of young British activists clamouring to “defund the police”, taking the knee in tribute to a man killed by a cop in Minnesota, and generally acting as if they lived in Baltimore rather than Britain. The very word “woke” is itself an Americanism.
Perhaps it’s no surprise, therefore, to find that the British Left are so keen on the latest progressive import from the US. Drag queens reading stories to primary school children.
In America, the trend has already caused bitter controversy. US liberals tend to think it’s wonderfully inclusive, while US conservatives tend to think it’s wildly inappropriate. There was particular uproar in June over “Drag the Kids to Pride”, an event at a gay bar in Texas. Photos showed children watching a drag queen dance in front of a pink neon sign that read, “IT’S NOT GONNA LICK ITSELF!”
This week, council libraries in Britain have started hosting drag queen storytelling events, too. Younger Labour MPs seem thrilled. On Tuesday, Stella Creasy (Lab, Walthamstow) tweeted that she’d had “a lovely afternoon” attending one. “So wholesome,” replied Nadia Whittome (Lab, Nottingham East).
Not everyone, however, shares their enthusiasm. On Monday, a drag queen storytelling event in Reading was stormed by a group of furious mothers. The drag queen ended up being given a police escort.
Now, I certainly wouldn’t condone any threats or abuse. I simply wonder why we’re importing a new culture war, when we’ve got quite enough culture wars going on as it is.
In any case, what exactly is the purpose of this idea? Small children already have stories read to them by their teachers. So where is the demand for drag queen storytelling coming from? Are five-year-olds across Britain saying, “I very much enjoy having a nice story read to me in class. But I’m afraid I find our teacher Miss Jenkins tediously heteronormative. Please can we henceforth have stories read to us by someone genderfluid, presenting as female?”
If it isn’t children demanding it, it must be adults. But again, why? Do our librarians think books are so boring that children will only take an interest if they’re read aloud by a man in a sparkly frock?
Naturally, the Left will say the mothers of Reading are kicking up a fuss about nothing. Every Christmas, after all, we take children to pantomimes, where they see pantomime dames. But there’s a difference. Pantomime dames are joke figures. We’re invited to laugh at them. To find the sight of a man dressed as a woman hilarious. Frankly, I’m surprised that woke activists haven’t tried to have panto season cancelled, on grounds of transphobia.
Drag queens, by contrast, aren’t meant to be laughed at. They’re meant to be glamorous. And they’ve traditionally provided entertainment that is strictly for adults. I’m sure none of them will be dancing sexily at these library events. But I doubt the Left would ask, say, a stripper to read stories to small children. Although I could of course be wrong.
Why, then, are the Left so keen on these drag events? I can’t help recalling an admission in 2009 by Andrew Neather, a former speechwriter for Tony Blair. According to him, Labour had let immigration soar in order to “rub the Right’s noses in diversity”. Perhaps that’s what’s going on here.
At any rate, I wish our young Leftists would stop lazily copying every woke trend from the US. Surely they can come up with mad and divisive ideas of their own.