Right-wing media figures including Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk melted down trying to clock Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for appearing in a trailer for iconic queer TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ocasio-Cortez, who will appear as a guest judge in the show’s upcoming 12th season, is featured in the trailer saying, “I pledge allegiance to the drag.”
Ocasio-Cortez is a frequent target of right-wing media figures, who jumped at the opportunity to imply she was unpatriotic based on her comments in the trailer for Drag Race’s new season, which will reportedly take on a patriotic theme.
Here are some of the worst failed reads from the right:
- Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk
- TheBlaze’s Nate Madden
- Right-wing media personality Stephen Miller
- Conspiracy theorist Mark Dice
- Conservative Twitter personality Caleb Hull
- Far-right clickbait Facebook page Chicks on the Right
Anti-LGBTQ figures in right-wing media have tried to drag drag queens before, in particular by fearmongering about Drag Queen Story Hour events across the country, where volunteers read books to kids. The national program aims to help children “develop empathy, learn about gender diversity and difference, and tap into their own creativity.” At one event in which Drag Race alumna Nina West participated, a little girl dressed up as her.
This kind of interaction has been ludicrously criticized by those on the right as part of the supposed “grooming” of youth by drag queens “into their unhealthy lifestyle.” They claim that such efforts are meant “to indoctrinate” and “sexualize” children “and destroy their innocence” and call them a form of “child abuse,” saying the events can turn a library into “a drag queen nightclub.” Laura Ingraham, one of Fox News’ resident anti-LGBTQ bigots, even had a guest on her show who said the parents of a young drag queen should “be arrested for child abuse.”