Tennessee Tech University has launched an investigation into an on-campus drag show that purportedly involved small children giving money to a performer who imitated a monk before stripping off the mock robe and danced around in a suggestive manner.
The video of the reported incident was posted to Twitter by Landon Starbuck and shows the performer dancing to the song “Take Me to Church” by artist Hozier, making the sign of the cross before removing the robe to reveal a corset and tights.
Tennessee Tech University hosted a drag show that had little kids handing cash to the drag queen who was performing a dance clearly meant to mock Christians. Every parent who pays to send their kids to @tennesseetech deserves to know that this is what they’re allowing on campus. pic.twitter.com/Q4I9uR2tcT
— Landon Starbuck (@LandonStarbuck) September 7, 2022
Starbuck explained that the show “had little kids handing cash to the drag queen who was performing a dance clearly meant to mock Christians.”
“Every parent who pays to send their kids to @tennesseetech deserves to know that this is what they’re allowing on campus,” she noted.
The university has responded in kind, which was held at the campus venue Backdoor Playhouse in August and sponsored by the LGBT group Upper Cumberland Pride, as The Christian Post reported.
Following outrage, school president Phil Oldham issued a statement that “the activities in the video represent Tech’s values” and that the university does not “condone explicit activity where minors are present.”
“I also am offended by disparaging mockery toward any religious group. To be clear, this was not a university sponsored event. No university funds were used. Two registered student groups facilitated the scheduling and promotion of the event,” he clarified.
“All students, faculty, and staff deserve care and consideration, as well as representation and respect. The investigation focuses on the inappropriate involvement of minors and a review of our policies and procedures,” he wrote.
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