New York City’s PBS station is defending its airing of a children’s program featuring a drag queen who promoted a book titled “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish.”
The drag queen, named Lil Miss Hot Mess, was featured as part of a “Let’s Learn” TV series aimed at children ages 3 to 8, the Gateway Pundit reported.
It’s produced by WNET and the New York City Department of Education.
The featured book is about a drag queen with a blue mustache named “Cinderfella.”
WNET defends drag as “performance art.”
“The program strives to incorporate themes that explore diversity and promote inclusivity, which are relevant to education and society,” the station said.
“Drag is a performance art that can inspire creative thinking and the questioning of stereotypes.”
The PBS station said Lil Miss Hot Mess “serves on the global leadership team of Drag Queen Story Hour and has hosted readings at numerous libraries, children’s museums and schools across the country.”
The drag queen said he wrote the 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.”
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