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Numerous actors, musicians, and comedians participated in the "Drag Isn't Dangerous" online telethon, with actress Charlize Theron going so far as to say watching drag queens "makes you a better person."
The telethon, as reported by TimCast, aired Sunday, May 7, 2023 and featured popular performers such as Amy Schumer, Adam Lambert, Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Osbourne, Lance Bass, and Mandy Moore.
Several comedians also appeared on the broadcast, including David Cross, Sarah Silverman, and Whitney Cummings.
Between segments of drag queens appearing to pretend to answer phones were celebrity segments such as a video message from Charlize Theron.
"It's really, in all seriousness, there's so many things hurting and, really, killing our kids, and we all know what I'm talking about. And it ain't no drag queen," Theron began.
"Because if you've ever seen a drag queen lip sync for her life, it only makes you happier, it only makes you love more, it makes you a better person," the South African claimed.
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Another segment of the show included a sketch showing a young boy in the dressing room of two drag queens, one of whom is purported to be the boy's uncle. The drag queens hand the boy a book that covers the topics "inclusion, equality, and respect," before his mother bursts into the room to ask him if he would be safer at an "amusement park, conversion therapy, or an NRA convention."
The boy responds, "Personally, I find the art form inspiring."
As the mother persists, one of the drag queens asks, "Look, lady, where do you think this kid is gonna feel safer, a room full of drag queens or a room full of Q-Anon Shaman?"
In another appearance, actor Jesse Eisenberg said, “The recent demonization of drag culture has been greatly upsetting and completely shocking to me.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman claimed “the number-one killer of children is guns, and these NRA pawns deflect it with a completely fabricated problem that puts the drag community in danger. The hypocrisy is astounding.”
The event's GoFundMe page raised over $530,000.
Promotional images stated that the event was sponsored by organizations that include the ACLU, Black Queer Town Hall, GLAAD, and many more.
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