Drag queens performed for the crowd at halftime during "Pride Night" at the Milwaukee Bucks' home game Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets, Fox News reported.
What are the details?
Here are a couple of clips:
As you might imagine, not everybody was happy about the drag queens doing their thing:
- "As a bisexual woman I'm disgusted by the extremists in our community along w/the sports orgs & businesses who promote Drag Shows at family events," one Twitter user commented. "Since when has it become acceptable to sexually victimize children?! This is not the time or place for adult entertainment."
- "Are there any gay persons out there insulted that your community is being conflated with drag queens and trans grooming?" another commenter wondered. "Is that the public image you want to cling to? Is that really all you have to be 'proud' of? Is that the best you can do? Sure seems like it."
- "Damn they really gotta shove gay in everyones' faces like that, seems a bit much," another user observed.
- "NBA grooming kids and being used as a tool to desensitize kids," another commenter said. "This is why I don’t watch sports anymore."
Doug Russell, sports director for iHeart Radio Milwaukee and Madison, was peeved at the "pearl-clutchers" concerned about kids being in attendance during the drag show. But St. Louis-based conservative radio talk show host Mark Reardon challenged Russell's argument:
But wait, there's more!
If you assumed the drag queen show was the only thing happening in relation to the Bucks' "Pride Night," have we got a surprise for you! For starters, the first 10,000 fans through the door were to receive a Bucks pride beanie:
The arena was duly adorned with rainbow lights:
If you were in the mood to hit the Bucks' pro shop, you could snag yourself one of the shirts depicted in the tweet below, the back of which read: "LGBTQIA: Activist, Lesbian, Mentor, Advocate, Gay, Confidant, Bisexual, Pride, Teacher, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Counselor, Queer, Family, Intersex, Pansexual, Ally, Partner, Asexual, Friend."
Bucks players advocated for the LGBTQ community in a prepared video for "Pride Night":
"The power of sport can bring everyone together, right?" guard Pat Connaughton said. "It doesn’t matter your gender. It doesn’t matter your ethnicity. It doesn’t matter [your] political views, and it definitely doesn’t matter your sexual identity."
Forward Joe Ingles added that it's "very important for fans and athletes and everyone in this world to make sporting events and any event for the LGBTQ community more accessible and more welcoming."
After the game, you could "keep the Bucks Pride Night Celebrations going" at a postgame party featuring "DJ Boyfrrriend":
Just last week, Philadelphia Flyers player Ivan Provorov was raked over the woke coals for refusing to take part in the hockey team's pre-game warm-up featuring players with rainbow colors on their uniforms and sticks. Provorov cited his religion — Russian Orthodoxy — as his reason for opting out of the warm-up.
The author of ESPN's story about the controversy — Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer for the sports network — blasted Provorov on Twitter for his refusal to take part in the warm-up. E.J. Hradek — senior reporter for the NHL Network — suggested that Provorov return to Russia and even fight Ukraine if he didn't want to "assimilate into his group of teammates and in the community and here in this country."
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