The NDP, The Media, And An OnlyFans: Edmonton’s Drag Queen Storyhour

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on August 9, 2022

A few days ago at the Stanley A. Milner library in downtown Edmonton, parents were seen protesting the “Over The Rainbow Storytime” event that was going on, which involved a drag queen reading to children at the library.

Drag queen story hours have become a phenomenon pushed by hyper-progressive activists in major cities in the US and UK, and they seem to be now just creeping across the border into Canada. 

Likely based on the concerning news reports about the inappropriate undertone of the events, parents have seemed to start already mobilizing against the existence of the events in their cities, like the parents in Edmonton. 

Both Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood NDP MLA Janis Irwin, as well as the legacy media outlets, promoted and played cover for the drag event at the library, implying that those who were against the event were bigoted or “homophobic.” 

CTV News even went as far as to label those protesting the event “Anti-LGBT” without any evidence the protesters took issue with anything but the inappropriate implications of the event,

The Stanley Milner library’s description of the event read:

Participate in a fabulous storytime this summer with local drag queen Felicia Bonée!* This family-friendly program will showcase stories that explore diversity and inclusion, song performances and maybe even a little glitter.

Like many other drag queen story hour events, the inclusion of a man dressed in an exaggerated hyper-sexualized female costume is justified on the basis that somehow their performance art is related in some way to “diversity and inclusion” despite the deeply inappropriate undertones. 

First, what should be noted due to the “diversity and inclusion” mantra behind this event as well as the idea of kids learning to “express” themselves (which is something some attending parents noted) means that part of the point of having a drag queen reads books were for kids to see them as a role model. 

Clearly, we would have problems having a stripper, or someone else who works in “adult” entertainment read books to children in a library. Especially if they are dressed in their “work” attire.

Drag queen story hour normalizes activities with strong sexual components to children, and is well outside the bounds of what is appropriate.

The drag queen who read to children at this event, Felicia Bonee, like most drag queens takes part in sexualized performances, which he posts excerpts of on Twitter.

Felicia also links his boyfriend’s Twitter profile in his bio, where he promotes his Onlyfans account, which is a subscription service where people mostly sell explicit images of themselves. The boyfriend even posts blurred-out naked pictures of himself on Twitter, promoting his Onlyfans account.

Having Felicia read books to children is clearly inappropriate, not only due to the clear intention of the organizers to promote fringe lifestyles but also because a child, who for whatever reason saw them as a role model, couldn’t even legally view his social media. 

Even a future event that Felicia is promoting is an explicit “burlesque” show taking place in a bar. 

This is not, and should not be, an entertainer for children. 

It raises the question of what a man dressed in female costume, caked in makeup, who usually does raunchy shows for gay adults, is personally getting out of reading books to kids? 

In regards to the legacy media and MLA Irwin promoting this event, it would be interesting to hear them draw a difference between having Felicia read books to children or any other adult entertainer. 

Irwin may claim that she is fighting against hatred, but where is the line drawn for her?

In Texas, a drag queen story hour for kids turned into having kids attend drag shows in gay nightclubs, which is a natural development from a progressive perspective seeing as if a drag queen can read to children then why can’t the kids see a drag performance?

From a responsible parent or just a rational person’s perspective, children should not be bombarded with progressive politics and fringe lifestyle choices growing up. Kids should be read books by either their parents or responsible adults who don’t crave an audience to show up their eccentricities to.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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