The New York City Department of Education featured a drag queen known as Little Miss Hot Mess in a show aimed at 3- to 8-year-olds — aired on PBS — wherein the performer and author declared, "I think we might have some drag queens in training on our hands!"
What are the details?
The Daily Caller first reported on the episode of a series called "Let's Learn," which is a partnership between PBS member station WNET-TV and the NYCDOE. It aims to help "children 3-8 with at-home learning" with programs featuring "instruction by educators and virtual field trips."
"I am a drag queen and a children's book author," Little Miss Hot Mess begins, "and you may be wondering to yourself: 'What on earth is a drag queen?'"
The host then described drag queens in part as "everyday people who like to play pretend and dress up as often as we can," going on to say drag queens "also are leaders in our community, and if you ask me: we make pretty good role models."
After the lengthy description, Little Miss Hot Mess declares, "Today I'm going to read from my own book, which is 'The Hips On the Drag Queen Go Swish Swish Swish,'" performing it to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus."
The author explained, "I wrote this book because I wanted everyone to get to experience the magic of drag and to get a little practice shaking their hips or shimmying their shoulders to know how we can feel fabulous inside of our own bodies."
At one point, Little Miss Hot Mess tells her audience, "I think we might have some drag queens in training on our hands."
When asked for comment on the show, a PBS spokesperson "emphasized repeatedly that Let's Learn is not a PBS series but was made available to PBS stations," the Caller noted.
Little Miss Hot Mess is also reportedly one of the founding members of Drag Queen Story Hour, which boasts events throughout the nation with drag queens reading to children at public libraries and schools.
Last year, one Missouri lawmaker who introduced a bill to stop the Drag Queen Story Hour events in his state reported receiving death threats for proposing the legislation.
"It's an issue of protecting our kids from what I believe is a concentrated effort to push the LGBTQ agenda onto our children," Rep. Ben Baker (R) told the Daily Caller in a separate report at the time. "Even worse than that, subjecting them to unwanted advances by people that I believe have nefarious intentions for children. And that's my concern."