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Is it okay for teachers to dress in drag and perform a song and dance routine for students?

Parents are making a song and dance over a Wisconsin high school teacher’s, well, song and dance.

French teacher Matthew Kashdan closed out the Fine Arts Week assembly at Middleton High School with quite the bang, lip-syncing, and dancing in drag for an audience of teenagers.

Video of the routine made its way to news outlets, drawing ire from parents who say that drag has no place in school.

The incident has sparked renewed debate over whether drag performances – and other LGBTQ themes – are appropriate for children.

Meet the Drag Queen Teacher

Video of the performance began circulating on Twitter soon after the event:

"Most of you know me as the French teacher, but now you will know me as the drag teacher!" Kashdan says, before strutting his stuff in a blue sequin dress and bright red boots, lip-syncing and dancing along to the Lady Gaga/Ariana Grande hit “Rain on Me”.

Kashdan’s drag routine was apparently given the green light by administrators.

The school district’s PR director said that the talent show was not mandatory, and parent permission is required to attend. Despite that, many were still upset that their children were exposed to anything that might be interpreted as sexual in nature.

As one parent wrote when they sent the recording to Wisconsin talk show host Vicki McKenna, “If MATTHEW KASHDAN makes a decision to perform his drag show at school, what else does he do in his classroom with a roomful of children? What kind of educators thought this was appropriate? Drag shows are “fine arts”? If a teacher is a pole dancer or stripper, can they also perform for my children?”

For their part, students seemed to enjoy seeing a different side of their French teacher. Loud cheers could be heard in the audience during the performance and many voiced support after the video began circulating.  

“I was a student that saw it live and personally I can say that this part of the performance was very well received by the crowd, and was not anything other than a fun performance for the kids,” tweeted one student.

“The entirety of the crowd was cheering them on. I swear these “adults” in this comment section love to speak for us and spread false info,” tweeted another.

The Debate Must Go On

In a larger sense, the incident represents the latest chapter in a heated debate over LGBT issues in schools that is sparking reactionary legislation across the country. 

Inspired by Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, many other states are crafting their own bills that ban teachers from so much as mentioning gender identity or sexual orientation in the classroom.

Although certainly part of the ongoing "culture wars," some of the legislation appears directly inspired by religious beliefs as well. A proposed bill in Tennessee argues that “the promotion of LGBT issues and lifestyles in public schools offends Tennessee residents with Christian values.”

Close observers of these issues note that drag performances, in particular, have been an ongoing flashpoint. A few years ago, angry parents all but went to war with Drag Queen Story Hour, events in public and school libraries where drag queens read books to young children.

Drag Queen Story Hour performers say they’re just trying to give kids positive queer role models and show them that it’s okay to be different, but some view it as sinful behavior that God would disapprove of heartily. 

As one protester put it at the time, "I'm on this side of the street because God isn't over there," he said, gesturing to counter-protesters supporting the drag queens. "Ultimately, they're being deceived. The fact that this is happening all over the U.S. reflects where our society and culture is headed. Sin is never satisfied."

As recent events show, the debate over what children should learn about in public school – particularly when it comes to LGBTQ issues – remains far from settled. 

Is it a parent’s absolute right to determine when and where their children learn about homosexuality and LGBTQ identities? Does drag have a role to play in that educational experience?

87 comments

  1. Matthew Mastrogiovanni's Avatar Matthew Mastrogiovanni

    End the hate.

  1. Krystina S.'s Avatar Krystina S.

    I would have been happy to have one of my children's teachers care enough to show a different side to another human being's life experience. Some of the most macho manly hetero men have done drag, in the movies and onstage. Drag is not just a gay thing. It is a PERFORMANCE thing. Having the role model teacher who will go onstage and perform, sing and dance, as a male in heels and a dress, is WONDERFUL. If a person who performs drag is gay, that is fine. If a woman teacher went up in a dress and heels, sang and danced to Ariana Grande, would it be considered ok? or sexual? Those parents need to get their minds out of the gutter?! What do they think about gymnastic, swim, cheerleading outfits and performances? Are all the parents perverts? Because drag isn't perverted. It's performance. from Some Like it Hot to To Wong Foo, human beings deserve acceptance and appreciation for their talents, such as voice and dance. I say... DRAG ON! Jesus said to LOVE OTHERS, hypocrites.

    1. flugo's Avatar flugo

      'Crass': Jesus ,also, said to 'repent'! Repent of bastardizing the original relational concepts God ordained in Genesis. Repent of living a lifestyle that subverts decency, normalcy. Repent of calling filthy, abnormality good; and calling decency and goodness bigotry, narrow mindedness.

      In Matthew 18:6, Jesus warns of the perils of misguiding children.

      1. Rev Deborah Dunkle (Raven Wolf Song)'s Avatar Rev Deborah Dunkle (Raven Wolf Song)

        Really??? You believe Jesus discriminates or would judge someone for this?? What ever happened to yea who are without sin let that person throw the first stone. Would you have??

        1. Gerard Babin Usmc-Dav's Avatar Gerard Babin Usmc-Dav

          The Bible is very clear, that this political BS is wrong. It also states that those who follow false prophets (ie "Gay ministers that teach that the act is normal and according to God's plan") will be in SCHEOL - HELL with their prophets and priests. Children are a product of Gods creation of MAN & WOMAN; no other concept can replace or perfect that. We have a moral obligation to see and stand on GOD's word, not a socialist interpretation. Jesus did not condemn the sinner but he did condemn the sin (the act) . He told them to repent (And become clean) and they would be forgiven. Forgiveness has it's responsibilities as well - meaning to commit the act again dirties the repentance ie you cant paint over Gods word to make it fit your situation. Sorry if your new age religious view's get offended. Gods word is in Black and white Jesus' words are written in red we need to get back to living by Gods standards not by "what feels right"

          1. Harald Paul Cagot's Avatar Harald Paul Cagot

            Agreed

      2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

        Be careful, flugo! You almost fell off your barstool again. That's me waving at you, at the other end of the bar. I hope you're sober enough to do your number on stage tonight, girl.

        1. Harald Paul Cagot's Avatar Harald Paul Cagot

          That was uncalled for.

  1. John Condron's Avatar John Condron

    If this male teacher had appeared on stage in a traditional Scottish kilt to play his bagpipe, there wouldn't have been a hint of controversy, but because he appeared in drag, out came the trolls.

    Many people believe that drag is an LGBTQ+ thing, but many drag performers are actually "straight." A man dressing as a woman does not mean that said man is transgender or gay.

    It is sad that we have reached a point where High School students need notes from their mommies or daddies to attend a school talent show.

    1. Robert James Ruhnke's Avatar Robert James Ruhnke

      Thank you. I’m really tired of people infantilizing a group/generation of young people who’ve probably seen worse in their spare time on the internet. Millennials without supervised access of the early internet saw worse. Which was a lot of them, myself included. Hell most millennials are 30’s and early 40’s and are still being infantilized.

      The religious fundies are whining because their own brutal upbringings were actual forms of indoctrination. They’re just upset that acceptance of queer folks and non binary ways of thinking isn’t indoctrination. They look at true freedom and blink. The irony of the few centuries is mind boggling

    2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      "It is sad that we have reached a point where High School students need notes from their mommies or daddies to attend a school talent show."

      No, it is sad 5hat we retreated from doing so in the first place. Kids are not something to manipulate and turn on their parents (unless the kids are in the Red Guard...but then Mao killed 60 million parents so for them it's ok).

      1. Gerard Babin Usmc-Dav's Avatar Gerard Babin Usmc-Dav

        Well Said!

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    Americans are such prudes. In the UK men have been in drag or dressed as women on stage and on TV for hundreds of years. The teacher was just entertaining the kids, what's wrong with that? And the kids loved the performance.

    It's idiotic Christian beliefs and values which is why young people today want nothing to do with religion.

  1. Alicia Szot's Avatar Alicia Szot

    This was done for high school kids. They're old enough to know about LGBTQ lifestyles. Some even know, or are aware of what their own sexual orientation may be. I see nothing wrong with this in a high school setting. Some may feel uncomfortable with seeing this, but those would know they could get up and walk out. Younger kids may not realize they had that option.

    Now, if this was done in elementary school, say....ages 5 though 8....I'd have an issue with it. I don't think this would belong there. Students of these ages with same sex parents will know that love is love, but for those not accustomed to it, they might find seeing their teacher in drag might confuse or upset them. I also wouldn't think it appropriate for a woman to dance around like that for 5 to 8 year olds.

  1. Antonio L Figueroa Santiago's Avatar Antonio L Figueroa Santiago

    Father i pray today that you can speak to everyone who has commented or written on this post. In Jesus name amen.The thing here is as Parents and those who dont have children let me remind you about the innocence of our children. We have to already set them loose into this world. As a parent i teach my son right from wrong and i would never expose them to things that would posion their mind and open doors for their innocence to be attacked. Yes its sad to say many kids forge permission slips other parents just dont care what their children are doing. this goes for those who justify there actions by saying well there teachers and theirs permission slips, With this sad reality we should be helping where we can and supporting to help and protect our children. God bless everyone.

  1. Etha L Moore's Avatar Etha L Moore

    There have been gays and drag queens since the beginning of recorded history. I would much rather my children be exposed to real life first hand from kind and trusted individuals they know, than from homophobic "Christians" who seem to believe they need to have complete control of their poor kids minds. Lighten up. They need to remember Jesus said he is giving us an extra commandment- to love one another as we love ourselves. I see more prejudice and hate from "Christians " than any other group , by far. I'm sure they have more important things to worry about than children learning at the least, tolerance and at the most, loving their neighbor and acceptance of the lifestyle of others. It's preposterous how so many are frenzied to protest about the "sins" of others. Fix your own self and let others be! However, because of such national ignorance, I think it wise to inform the parents of the the performance- but only if they inform them of ALL the performances. Then if they decide they will restrict their child's participation so be it. It is their LEGAL right, and I fear the backlash on the school and teacher may be quite horrific, unfortunately. And it may cause some unexpected backlash on the parents as well, depending on how old their children are and how they respond to their parents trying to control their beliefs. These parents might just be the catalyst that pushes their children to rebel, and get what they were worried about after all.

    1. Daniel Ginther's Avatar Daniel Ginther

      There is no Legal right, sorry. Homophobic, no sorry. I can't help that you don't understand the Demonic influence that Homosexuality carries with it.

    2. Gerard Babin Usmc-Dav's Avatar Gerard Babin Usmc-Dav

      Sorry, GOD doesn't work that way. The whole reason SODOM & Gomorrah were destroyed (by GOD) was to prove the point that this filth is against his laws and the only end (regardless of the falsehood taught by blind devils ) is hell. You should read the book that you apparently fear enough to make the above statement. The reason children rebel is because parents would rather be the child's friend than accept the fact that they are a parent. The lack of moral guidance is the problem.

    3. Gerard Babin Usmc-Dav's Avatar Gerard Babin Usmc-Dav

      Do the words SODOM & GOMORAH mean anything. When folks read the book preachers dictate life from; they will learn things they never heard before. As a child I called out priests & ministers for "preaching for profit". Silence is acceptance. Incase you didn't read the first line GOD sent angles to destroy it to ash. it was so vile a place that those who resided there attempted to seduce the angles GOD sent.

  1. Thom's Avatar Thom

    The job of the schools is to teach, not indoctrinate. I am so glad my kids went to a private Catholic High School and Christian grade school. Not that I think that is the perfect style of education, but it is so much better than public schools. Children are learning so many incorrect versions of history, government, math and so on. They are not being taught how to think, they are being taught what to think. Plus, the children who are vulnerable are being groomed by progressive perverts who are running the show.

    I agree, a drag show can be entertaining but, not for anyone at an age where confusion can set in. We had guys who dressed up like cheerleaders or drill team members for fun and it was entertaining. But for a teacher to do what he did, no. Should not happen.

    I don't expect any form of religion to be taught or subjected to kids, but morals and ethics need to be upheld.

    1. Rev. John Bolen's Avatar Rev. John Bolen

      I agree with you 100% Thom

    2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Absolutely right Thom, kids are not property to be manipulated and twisted and indoctrinatedly browbeat by hyper partisan adults for their own political purposes...something characteristic of the activist left. We don't, or at least shouldn't come have activist revolutionaries running the schools.

      1. Sally Jeanne Altobello's Avatar Sally Jeanne Altobello

        Now, Rev. Mark, you have offended me. To voice that this drag show controversy is "something characteristic of the activist left" is total BS! There are PLENTY of "activist right" men who are drag queens. I know some. This is not, nor should it be a political issue. This is a humanity issue. Drag queens/homosexuality/LBGTQ has been around since the beginning of humanity. If God is perfect and everything he does is perfection, then so are those in the LBGTQ community. And you and I have no right to judge. Jesus didn't. If you want to be called "Rev," then you should be working toward inclusiveness, compassion, LOVE.

        To the point of this discussion, including any of the other comments above, I was a middle/high school counselor before retirement. If you think any of these kids are ignorant or totally blind, you are sadly mistaken. Speaking with my daughter's brother-in-law, I asked him when he knew he was different/gay. He told me age 7! Then his confusion began--leading to alcoholism. Why? Because it's a different lifestyle from the norm. Because those who are afraid of differences add negative voices and connotations to something that they don't understand. Some of my favorite people are gay--they understand compassion, caring, generosity of nature. A drag show is not going to "indoctrinate" anyone who doesn't already have the proclivity toward this lifestyle. At the same time, I do NOT believe school is the place for this. In this case, the show, while exuding fun, also was a bit sexual--and that's the part that is really not ok.

        1. Daniel Ginther's Avatar Daniel Ginther

          God is perfect and we do not judge. God created man and woman. Satan and millions of Demons infiltrated this world and are the root cause of Homosexuality, it is a spiritual issue. Demons attach themselves to people and are the root cause of all evil in the world. Please don't bring the creator into by saying he 'created' them that way. Do we hate a homosexual man or woman ? No, we love them and hope they hear the word of Salvation and get born again !

        2. Thom's Avatar Thom

          Sally Jeanne, if you are offended then I am not sure what you are offended about. The truth is the truth, and you just don't want to hear it. Maybe you should let the LGBTQ folks worry about themselves and you deal with yourself. You are basically saying you have to be offended because they are too weak to be offended for themselves.

          If dressing in drag or being gay was just as normal as everyday life, why does it make such an impact on people still to this day?

        3. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

          So now we hear from a "professional offense-taker." You are manufacturing a phony "you offended me" offense as a weapon or other rhetorical tool. That's what I meant by activist political left. Phony offense is not offense...doing so is what is offensive.

    3. Kristina Lyn Winkle's Avatar Kristina Lyn Winkle

      "We had guys who dressed up like cheerleaders or drill team members for fun and it was entertaining" THIS IS DRAG.

      It doesn't matter if there was make up, if there was song and dance, any of that. Guys who dressed up in skirts, was a drag performance. What is the difference between an 18yr old senior in high school doing it, or a teacher? Because it's not age of majority. Your Jesus said love, everyone here seens to forget that and are all in the Old Testament with their Sodom and Gomorrah acts. Y'all I hate to tell you this, but Jesus died to wipe out all the sins in the Old Testament, and make the New Testament. And the New Testament tells you to love everyone.

      1. Thom's Avatar Thom

        If Jesus died to wipe away sins, why does it still seem strange for men to dress as woman and woman to dress as men? Why is it homosexuality still has to be "accepted" and judged? Simple, it is not normal, and it is not accepted. These kids are being groomed and they don't know it.

        1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

          That's exactly the point, the kids are being sold something, groomed as it were. That's the point of any criticism. Actually it's just as bad as the radical right, like that idiot kid from Chicago who went and killed all those people up in Wisconsin got away with it and then is now building a career in front of cameras with that ignorant baby face of his. Actually he is much worse, he killed people and recruits others to do the same violence and the rest of the radical right lunacy. That's far worse than what this teacher is doing or the community of drag performers are doing. That's actually yes for sure.

  1. Mel Lane's Avatar Mel Lane

    I attended school with a kid that wore a very heavy over coat, hot or cold year around. That certainly didn't make him fit in or make him have a behavior consistent with other children his age. He is now 80 years old and still sports a heavy over coat year around. Sadly, he has been shunned all his life even by his family. My point being that people may think or believe they are something they aren't. But that doesn't mean they will ever be accepted as society normal behavior.

  1. Teresa Dietze's Avatar Teresa Dietze

    Cultural obsession with sexuality and identity have been becoming more important than our basic humanity. This type of emphasis leads to divisions and conflict. It should be de-emphasized, with acceptance.

    Emphasizing sexual agendas and identities--mainstream included--is not an appropriate school focus. Far too many skills and values cry for time and attention. Gender and identity issues eat up the time and focus without leading to outcomes that foster more inclusive, useful, or serviceable values.

    1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Very well said, Teresa, you articulated better than I was able to do.

  1. Doctor Loyal's Avatar Doctor Loyal

    To the best of my knowledge and experience, schools are to be used to educate, not to indoctrinate. How does crossdressing qualify as educational?

    1. Harald Paul Cagot's Avatar Harald Paul Cagot

      exactly

    2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Exactly so.

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    Where does one stop in the education of children? Should it include drag, or even BDSM performances. Is there a future need to educate children on Sadomasochism performances? Do they need to know that some people like to identify and perform as Ponies, or Puppies, or prefer bondage, or should we concentrate more on science and math? It seems that the very woke left are Hell bent on changing education as we all used to know it, and with it, our nation will eventually go down the toilet, if it’s not already on its way under Biden. Someone needs to flush the toilet, and quickly, before it becomes clogged under the Democrats agenda of left wing drag wokism.

    🦁❤️

    1. Robert James Ruhnke's Avatar Robert James Ruhnke

      Oh 🦁❤️,

      I can’t tell if your statement is bait or not. All well. Drag is just entertainment, it’s nothing more than performative silliness. Kinda like all that pearl clutching and anti woke whining you’re doing. Comparing S&M to drag is just tacky. One is kink, one song and dance. This one done for high schoolers. Who I Guarantee have all seen worse thanks to the internet and their parents lack of supervision (prolly cause they’re overworked, or, pretty much have given them green light on whatever they want to consume) I can remember my senior class’s moms dressing up as rap star men and dancing around mouthing the words to some nasty songs.

      As for kids dressing up and perform as animals. They already do that. As a kid, I was asked to play as a Billy goat in a play adaptation of Billy Goat’s Gruff. Later I’d play as a reindeer in some goofy Elfis Christmas musical. You crying about wokism is just silly, and a waist of your time. I understand the difference of the context you’re trying to make, making it about identity politics. Which again, is just tacky on your part. Kinda like that performance the teacher gave. The democrats aren’t even left wing. Lol. That’s the funny part.

    2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Yes indeed, it's the exhibitionist crashing of boundaries and other primitive pathological narcissism that is the enemy.

      1. Kevin Joseph Kervick's Avatar Kevin Joseph Kervick

        Yes. Exhibitionism is one aspect of the mental disorder.

  1. Rev. John Bolen's Avatar Rev. John Bolen

    It should be left up to the parents to decide if and/or when their children learn about or are introduced to alternative life styles , not the teachers . Teachers / Professers have a important job to educate our children and young adults , their personal lives and views should be left out of the classroom .

    1. Doctor Loyal's Avatar Doctor Loyal

      Excellent point. Why exhibit behavior (questionable or otherwise) when you are supposed to be a professional educating students? This is a high school class, not a philosophy or a behavioral science college course. Exhibitionistic or alternative lifestyles don't need to be displayed in a high school educational class.

    2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Hear hear.

  1. Aron Mark Doherty's Avatar Aron Mark Doherty

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  1. Stacey Owens's Avatar Stacey Owens

    I don't remember school being about woman. It was about having the knowledge to make it, and go forward. Whether you were a man or woman.

  1. Lalita Devi's Avatar Lalita Devi

    Woman is not a costume, to be made to look like a clown: just be a clown. Is it appropriate to dress-up as Black-Face? No. Neither is Woman-Face.

    In the old days of theatre, it was a white-man's game - they had no women, and no black people to play the roles of the characters in their stories.

    What is the purpose and story of a Grown Man dressing up as a Woman, today?

    Nothing a Child needs to know about.

    Research Autogynephilia and prepare to be horrified.

    Many clowns dress up to lure children. Research Jeffrey Marsh. Prepare to be horrified.

  1. Timothy Albaugh's Avatar Timothy Albaugh

    Hell is waiting for you all that are not following the word of GOD. Leviticus 15: to 20:. GAY, GEN-X. ANIMALS, Your place will be reserved in HELL.

    I will continue praying for all souls on earth AMEN

  1. Kevin Joseph Kervick's Avatar Kevin Joseph Kervick

    Wearing drag is transvestitism, a mental disorder. One of the roles of s functioning society is to model normal sex role behavior and correctly stigmatize abnormal behavior. Drag should be presented as among the myriad of unhealthy and abnormal things people do. It should be presented in a compassionate way but the presenters should not try to stop the disgust response because that response is a sign that the viewer is understanding the abnormal nature of the presentation. Religion helps people maintain their disgust response, in a compassionate way. Religion that seeks to normalize everything is not religion. It is social engineering.

    1. Gary Leu's Avatar Gary Leu

      Cross-dressing is when you dress in clothes conventionally designed for another gender.

      Transvestic disorder is when you feel sexually aroused from cross-dressing.

      Cross-dressing isn’t a disorder and does not require treatment. Transvestic disorder is a mental health condition that may require treatment if the individual is experiencing severe shame, anxiety, or lack of acceptance. However, someone with transvestic disorder will not always require treatment.

      People with transvestic disorder may experience significant psychological distress or impairment over cross-dressing. This emotional distress often stems from a lack of acceptance by those important to the individual, such as a romantic partner. This can increase fears of rejection.

      Using words such as “transvestite” and “transvestism” can be offensive because they have been historically used to describe people as mentally ill and sexually deviant.

      If you’re unsure what to call someone who engages in cross-dressing, try calling them by their name.

  1. Amber Fry's Avatar Amber Fry

    Depends, are they the drama teacher and doing so as part of that class? Otherwise I'd think not. Now if they are in a sow that is family friendly then I don't see why their students and their families couldn't attend to see what it's about.

  1. Daniel Ginther's Avatar Daniel Ginther

    Absolutely no. A gay friend of mine just posted a pic of himself as a drag queen for some event, it was a very scary thing to see, I'm 60 and have seen a lot of things, to see drag queens is to see Demons in full force. Do what you wanna do but do not do it in public school, you wanna be a drag queen fine, do not expose my child to Demonic influence for your own pleasure....It is not Normal.

  1. Pamela Dawn Moore's Avatar Pamela Dawn Moore

    Absolutely NOT ok…. there are two genders and two genders only…anything else was not made by our Creator. Period.

  1. James Edward Baker's Avatar James Edward Baker

    Would it be OK if a female teacher dressed in a suit and tie lip-synched to Sinatra's "My Way"?

  1. Shannon Lee McCarthy's Avatar Shannon Lee McCarthy

    It is sin to wear the clothes of the opposite sex let alone promote being gay or to be gay !!!

  1. Clint Knight's Avatar Clint Knight

    Teachers need to teach not indoctrinate!

  1. Marie Diana Briguglio's Avatar Marie Diana Briguglio

    I think it’s to late change is here! It’s here because people want their children to grow up and be an adult like them! From clothes to rap twerking at two, to the computer, asking a child what do you want for dinner? How do they know at such a young age? Teach them! Monkey see monkey do. Good luck out there!

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    Absolutely! Since they are them ones paying the taxes to support the school and pay the salary of the teachers and the Principal and the School Board, then they absolutely do have the right to demand this stop and never happen again. If the school board does not like it or the teacher does not like it just remember that if the SCOTUS does in fact rule against the coach that knelt on the sideline and gave a prayer to himself and was disciplined even though SCOTUS said this was legal and constitutional as long as he didnt force anyone to do the same and that he was a public employee, then its all over for this teacher as that means the parents can fire this teacher and any school board member that votes to allow this as public employees are subject to the whims of the people who employ them. And even if this was voluntary to attend, this type of action should have been told to the parents before the show happened, not after.

  1. Cheryl Anderson's Avatar Cheryl Anderson

    While we are at it let's just ban Halloween. Teacher had permission from administrators & parents. It was fine arts. Didn't expose anything. While we're at it let's ban bikinis & speedos. Make this fair.

  1. Deacon Michael's Avatar Deacon Michael

    All teachers including this one in question have to set positive righteous examples for their students. Especially role models!

    1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

      I agree. A man dressing in drag is a wonderful role model. He's demonstrating to students that they don't have to be sheep and be told what to do. Our schools need more teachers like him. And just look at how the students liked the performance. What an excellent role model.

      1. Dr. Zerpersande's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande

        DM wasn’t expecting that sort of agreement.

  1. Marius Gabriel Burja's Avatar Marius Gabriel Burja

    Thank God I don't have children.

    1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Except someday the children in these schools will be taking care of you in your nursing home, your hospital, etc etc etc. Meanwhile, though you don't have kids in school you are definitely paying to "educate" the ones who are.

    2. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      I do thank God that you don't have children, Marius.

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    I don't know what a narcissistic, self preoccupied need for exhibitionism has an education, he's clearly attempting to meet his own needs rather than those of the students, unless he's actually just selling something, neither of which is appropriate in education and neither of which is on point for education. So in all of those is really being fully inappropriate and maybe shouldn't be teaching people younger than adult, because he's not doing anything for anybody but himself. He can do that all he wants on his own time, and not satisfy his need to influence minors to gratify his own personal needs. It's not ethical and not appropriate to place yourself and your own needs above others and meet them at their expense, and he is doing all of these. That's the way to look at it.

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    So the question is whether the parents were shown a copy of the event and item titles in advance and given a chance to decide, or was there intentional deception by omission, thereby not giving them any chance?

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    By the way, if everybody wants a really good laugh, you simply must go online to see the opening monologue of The late show with Stephen Colbert for tonight, ie 4-18-22, as he takes on recently published work by Tucker Carlson of Fox News. It is incredibly topical, especially topical. It will be on YouTube probably by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. After that, for a decent handling of tonight's controversy, and when I much prefer, is the movie "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar." You will see two of the most macho movie stars (Especially if you've seen cult favorite Road House) doing an entire movie (and do it well) in drag.

    What's the difference between them and this clown teacher? They did it honestly, you knew what you were getting and had the choice to go see it or not without any surprises or prior deception by omission. It's not about the subject, it's about the deception. Meeting ones needs at the expense of another is what this clown did, and that's the problem... In law they call that mens rea, "consciousness of guilt of wrong."

    1. Daniel Ginther's Avatar Daniel Ginther

      I never get a good laugh from Satan

      1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

        Me neither Daniel, and I agree with you that Tucker Carlson could be Satan, or one of his demons.

        1. Harald Paul Cagot's Avatar Harald Paul Cagot

          Tucker is shining the light

          1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

            Get the behind me, Harald.

  1. Gerardo Salazar's Avatar Gerardo Salazar

    Common sense must prevail at all times and before putting any kind of show it would be convenient to have a meeting with the parents association to see what they think and also review the local regulations regarding said show. A school show must be something that everybody enjoys without feeling guilty or soiled in any way. I wonder if it is lawful to attend a public drag show with minors and would appreciate any light on the subject.

    Thank you all and have a great day.

  1. Dr. Zerpersande's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande

    Yeah, from the way it was described it’s fine. Every single one of those parents complaining have religiously delusional worldviews. As far as I am concerned, their opinion doesn’t count because they have a mental illness.

    1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      It was the WAY it was done that is the problem...avoiding or evading parental consent and involvement.

      1. Dr. Zerpersande's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande

        Don’t care. It isn’t a matter for parental consent. Religious people need to turn on their computers, open Open, create a document with their religious beliefs on them, print them out in color, double-sided, in landscape mode, fold the paper in half 5 times, soak it in extra virgin olive oil and stick it where the sun don’t shine. Gays exist, it’s a fact. They have rights, albeit not as a result of the tolerance of the religiously delusional crowd. Gays, drag queens, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, blacks, atheists, Muslims, Buddhists ALL EXIST AND THEY MIGHT AS WELL TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND …. use little bit extra olive oil..

  1. Geoffrey C. Olive's Avatar Geoffrey C. Olive

    Ridiculous Xtian bigotry. In the UK pantomime has been going forever where the main male and female roles are played by the opposite sex: for example, Old Mother Hubbard and Robin Hood are opposite sex roles played in drag. Pantomimes are especially for children young enough to attend and traditionally at Xmas, another bigoted Xtian, although enjoyable event. Xtian bigotry is a leftover from the Middle Ages.

  1. Silvia De Leon's Avatar Silvia De Leon

    The title is confusing, and at a first glance my first instinct was inclined to sat that maybe, just maybe it might be inappropriate. After reading it is my opinion that the teacher did no cross any lines, and it was done in a artistically manner. People relate Trans, gay, lesbian issues directly with a sex, and morality so therefore anything to do in relation to their identity will be related to sex and morality in their minds. We have a long way to go, people have a hard time when their beliefs are challenged, their feelings should be acknowledged but move on, there is room for everyone in this world, some of us need a little elbow shove for them to make space, so be it.

  1. Donna Lynn Suresch's Avatar Donna Lynn Suresch

    You people need to get over it! Jesus preached acceptance and love. We are not here to judge. We are here to minister and be examples of Christ’s teachings. Our Lord chastised no one. Live and let live.

    1. 585Victor's Avatar 585Victor

      he literally did though, quite a few times he for example he did it to Peter, he did it to his followers in the boat during the storm, he did it to the collectors in the temple (did that one with FLAIR) and there are more

    2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Sorry, but we ARE here to judge. Unless you say the same about Putin for example. Don't judge? Why not, you certainly do.

      1. Gary Leu's Avatar Gary Leu

        Faulty logic, Mark. This may help you make better arguments:

        https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/

        1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

          I don't see any flaw, perhaps you're being obtuse. Why don't you explain it to me?

        2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

          Thanks for the reference though, one can always learn something.

    3. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      How does anyone know what Jesus ever really said, if he was real? No one that knew him ever wrote about him.

      🦁❤️

      1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

        True enough.

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  1. David Bartlett's Avatar David Bartlett

    My 7th grade English teacher used to dress up as a clown a few times a year. What's the difference?

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