The recent Drag March in Manhattan’s East Village sparked controversy as topless women and drag performers chanted, “We’re coming for your children.” The event drew widespread attention after a viral clip from Timcast showcased the chanting and festivities, eliciting concerns from those who prioritize the innocence of childhood. However, NBC came to the defense of the chant, dismissing it as harmless fun and a way for LGBTQIA+ individuals to reclaim derogatory slurs.
NBC argued that the drag marchers were actually saying, “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re not going shopping,” and that the “We’re coming for your children” chant was just the voice of one person amid the crowd. They quoted the drag march organizer, Brian Griffin, who explained that the provocative chants aimed to confront and own the slurs that have been used against the LGBTQIA+ community.
According to NBC, the chant has been used for years at Pride events and serves as a means for LGBTQIA+ individuals to reclaim control over slurs. The underlying message of the article seemed to dismiss conservative and parental concerns about half-naked drag marchers chanting provocative phrases, implying that such worries were unwarranted.
In response, a drag performer expressed fear about the situation and attempted to drown out the suggestive talk by singing an alternative lyric. This incident followed a recurring pattern in which the left engages in unconventional and controversial behavior, prompting criticism from the right. The left then denies the occurrence, only to later assert that not only did it happen, but it was also a positive development.
Tim Pool found the NBC article and accompanying tweet absurd. NBC’s claim that the “coming for your children” chant has been used for years at Pride events, alongside other provocative expressions, was presented without any sense of irony. Critics pointed out the inconsistency of those who force preferred pronouns and manipulate language now asserting that chants about coming for children are just harmless words.
In conclusion, NBC quoted Griffin, who stated that these chants have been used to manipulate and control people, and by owning them, individuals can expose their falsehoods. The Drag March was just one of many explicit Pride parades and events held throughout the US and Canada.