House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Friday that she would appear on an episode of a popular drag queen show.
Ms. Pelosi, a California Democrat who represents San Francisco, will make “a special appearance for Pride Month” on episode five of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7,” aides said Friday.
The show is described as “a group of talented drag queens who compete in challenges to impress host RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, to win a cash prize with a crown and the title of America’s Next. Drag Superstar”.
The show airs on the Paramount Plus streaming service, and each episode includes a performance or fashion design contest.
In all-star episodes, “only the winners return to compete for the crown,” according to Paramount.
In the episode featuring Ms. Pelosi, she took the stage wearing a bright yellow suit and told the contestants, “Your freedom of expression of yourselves in drag is what America is all about. With the midterm elections approaching, it is very important that people make their voices heard and their votes heard.
This is Ms. Pelosi’s second visit to the show. She also appeared in 2018.
Her latest appearance came amid growing outcry over a new trend of staging drag queen performances for children.
So-called family drag performances have popped up across the country, including in Dallas, Texas; Palm Beach, Florida; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington to commemorate Pride Month.
The acts have sparked outrage from critics who say the performances appear sexual and should not be seen by children.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said his state’s child endangerment laws could be invoked if there are children’s drag shows, though he did not comment specifically on the Palm Beach event.
Mr DeSantis slammed Dallas’ “Drag your kids to pride” event, which took place earlier this month at an adult venue decorated with neon signs laced with sexual innuendo. The video went viral of drag queens dancing with kids and taking money from them.
“It’s not something kids should be exposed to,” DeSantis said Thursday.
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