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RuPaul slams 'stunt queen' politicians for banning drag shows

The Emmy winner called out new bans and restrictions on drag shows while encouraging people to vote in a new video.
RuPaul at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
RuPaul at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images file
/ Source: TODAY

One of the best-known drag queens in the world, RuPaul, is calling out politicians for what he says is a "stunt" to distract from real issues facing the country.

In a video shared to his Instagram on March 8, RuPaul defended drag shows amid recent anti-drag and anti-transgender legislation being passed and considered by lawmakers.

On March 8, the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” creator, host and producer shared an Instagram video slamming “stunt queen” politicians for their recent legislations.

“Hey, look over there! A classic distraction technique, distracting us away from the real issues that they were voted into office to focus on: jobs, healthcare, keeping our children safe from harm at their own school,” RuPaul begins. “But we know that bullies are incompetent at solving real issues.”

“They look for easy targets so they can give the impression of being effective. They think our love, our light, our laughter and our joy are signs of weakness. But they’re wrong because that is our strength,” he continued, stating, “Drag queens are the Marines of the queer movement.”

Adding, “Don’t get it twisted and don’t be distracted. Register to vote so we can get these stunt queens out of office and put some smart people with real solutions into government.”

He concluded his message by stating that “a social media post has never been as powerful as a registered vote.”

RuPaul's post comes on the heels of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signing a bill into law that will criminalize some drag performances on March 2.

The law — which takes effect April 1 — bans “adult cabaret entertainment” on public property or at locations in the state where they can be viewed by minors, per NBC News.

States like Idaho, KentuckyNorth Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma and Utah are also considering similar bans, while the Associated Press reported that the Arkansas governor also signed a bill into law restricting “adult-oriented” performances.

Bill banning public drag performances aren't the only issue at hand. The governor of Tennessee also signed into effect the ban for transition-related care for transgender minors, per NBC News, with several other states doing the same.

RuPaul previously spoke out against the ban on minors attending drag shows in June 2022 when the topic was being discussed by lawmakers in Texas.

While on “The Late Late Show,” RuPaul echoed similar sentiments about lawmakers’ “diversion tactics.”

“They have changed the narrative away from the gun debate into this drag queen thing. It’s like y’all want to help your kids? Take away them guns, that will help your kids. Drag queens ain’t hurting nobody!” he told host James Corden.

Meanwhile, RuPaul isn’t the only one to recently speak out about the bans. “Drag Race” stars like Sasha Colby, Kerru Colby, Laganja Estranja, Kylie Sonique Love and Heidi N Closet, among others also expressed their frustrations in a video for GLAAD.