Protests and counter-protests filled the area surrounding the outside of Pennsylvania’s Lansdale Public Library during the weekend.
The event causing all the commotion? The library deciding that the best way for children to learn about the wonders of reading was by presenting a drag queen to read to stories.
Drag Queen Story Time may not be a new phenomenon, but it drew crowds of concerned parents to oppose the event.
Who could blame them when the guest of the event goes by the name “Annie Christ,” a word play of anti-Christ?
How does the library justify this choice? Is it a scheduling conflict? Could all of the firefighters, police officers, and doctors been booked up indefinitely?
What if students have questions about Annie Christ’s profession? Drag shows are reportedly highly sexualized performances that hardly lend themselves to promoting education among children.
Fighting back such criticism, Annie Christ explained to WPVI, “It’s like an actor being in a rated-R movie not being able to read to kids.” Adding that the performances are, “my side job; it’s what I do at a club that’s 21 and over.”
However you don’t see Anthony Hopkin’s “Hannibal” or Robert Englund’s “Freddy Krueger” doing readings for children. Although adults might like those options.