NYC Dept. of Education Broadcasts Show With Drag Queen Reading to 3- to 8-Year-Olds


The New York City Department of Education is partnering with public broadcasters to bring educational programming performed by a drag queen into the homes of children across the city.

In a public telivision series broadcast on PBS stations in the city, drag queen and author “Little Miss Hot Mess” sang, danced, and read a children’s book about drag queens to a viewing audience of three- to eight-year-olds, according to The Daily Caller.

The episode is part of the series “Let’s Learn,” a series intended to help with at-home learning during the pandemic and produced in partnership by PBS member station WNET and the New York City Department of Education, WNET spokeswoman Lindsey Horvitz told the outlet.

Horvitz adamantly stated that “Let’s Learn” is not a PBS series and was just made available to PBS stations. She added that the drag queen episode first aired on March 31 and that WNET has received “only a small handful of messages” opposing the show..

The New York City Department of Education touts “Let’s Learn” as “age appropriate content” meant to be a “supplemental resource for remote and blended learning.”

“Through lessons taped by educators, the program offers age-appropriate content that is aligned to education standards and lessons for early childhood education, focusing on foundational reading and writing skills, literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts,” the DOE went on.

The episode with “Little Miss Hot Mess,” however, seems to focus on teaching young viewers to dance and put on makeup.

“Today I’m going to read from my own book, which is ‘The Hips On the Drag Queen Go Swish Swish Swish,’” explained the drag queen in video procured by The Daily Caller.

“I wrote this 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,” the drag queen told young viewers.

“I think we might have some drag queens in training on our hands,” the drag queen said after singing and dancing. “Being a drag queen is about being bold, shining bright, and showing a little bit of bravery, being willing to step outside the box and to dance to our own beat sometimes.”

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