Tennessee Tech University President Phil Oldham has called off future drag events at the university campus following the mockery of Christianity and use of what’s been described as ‘disturbing’ content concerning minors in a drag show held on campus.
The president’s statement was issued after a video of the drag show went viral on social media. Landon Starbuck, who characterizes herself as an advocate of child protection, posted the video on Twitter.
Drag shows have frequently taken place at TTU at its Backdoor Playhouse theater. Oldham has emphasized that the drag show was not sponsored by the university and the issues at hand would be analyzed.
“I am disturbed and dismayed about the activities in a video circulating on social media from a recent event on Tennessee Tech’s campus,” [Oldham] wrote.
“I do not feel the activities in the video represent Tech’s values, and I do not condone explicit activity where minors are present,” he added. “I also am offended by disparaging mockery toward any religious group.
TTU frequently hosted drag shows at Backdoor Playhouse theater and advertised them to all ages.
But a video posted on Twitter by child protection advocate Landon Starbuck went viral and caught the attention of the school’s president.
“These all-ages drag shows have been going on for a long time now on campus,” she wrote.
According to the DailyWire, a man dressed as a sad monk comes out onto the stage to a song that mocks faith. The music changes and a drag performer strips down to a bodysuit. Minors with cash in their hand are seen running to the stage and an audience cheers.
In a thread, Landon Starbuck had mentioned that the school planned to host another event later this month and told parents who send their children to the school to contact Oldham and the school’s dean, Dr. Lisa Zagumny.
In his statement, Oldham clarified that the show was not a university-sponsored event and it would be investigated.
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