Megyn Kelly decided to take up Hollywood star Charlize Theron on her threat to “f*** anybody up” who dares to challenge or question drag queen performances for children.
That came on Friday. Then, Kelly, whom Charlize Theron played in the movie Bombshell, said, “why doesn’t Charlize Theron come and f*** me up?”
“I’m 100 percent against her on this. Yes, there are fun drag queen shows — I’ve been to them. When we lived in Chicago I went to one and it was super fun. It was all adults,” Kelly said.
"Why doesn’t Charlize Theron come and f-ck me up? Because I'm 100% against her on this."@MegynKelly on Theron's drag queen comments. Watch the FULL clip – https://t.co/CjYdB8eOIn pic.twitter.com/bvHSoDHPpR
— The Megyn Kelly Show (@MegynKellyShow) May 12, 2023
Theron’s threat came when she appeared in the “Drag Isn’t Dangerous” telethon and said, “We love you queens. We’re in your corner and we’ve got you, and I will f— anybody up who’s trying to f— with anything with you guys.”
Continuing, she said, “There are so many things that are hurting and, really, killing our kids, and we all know what I’m talking about right now and it ain’t no drag queen — because if you’ve ever seen a drag queen lip-sync for her life, it only makes you happier, it only make you love more, it makes you a better person.“
Shen then asked viewers to “please support all the great organizations that are out there helping all of this nonsense go away like it should. All of these incredibly stupid policies. Bye! No more room for hate, only love, and love equals drag queens!“
new! ✨ charlize theron during her participation today (07), in the program "drag isn't dangerous". pic.twitter.com/VsxGme5VQv
— charlize theron daily (@dailytheron) May 7, 2023
PEOPLE, adding context to what sparked the “Drag Isn’t Dangerous” telethon and Theron’s threat, said:
The comments from Theron — who’s mom to daughters Jackson, 11, and August, 8 — come amid a state of unrest for the drag community in the United States, where Tennessee recently became the first state to pass legislation restricting drag shows.
The law, which was signed March 2, bans the performances on both public property as well as “in a location where the adult cabaret performance could be viewed by a person who is not an adult.”
More recently, city officials in Port St. Lucie, Florida, canceled an LGBTQ+ Pride parade in April and restricted other events to be for ages 21 and older in anticipation of Gov. Ron DeSantis signing an anti-drag bill into law.
In February, the American Civil Liberties Union tracked a record number of 349 bills targeting LGBTQ rights in the U.S. (a number that has since climbed to 474), causing RuPaul’s Drag Race stars to speak out at a viewing event that month celebrating the episode milestone.
For reference, the bill passed by Tennessee actually bans lewd adult cabaret performances of any sort in front of kids, not just drag shows. Such is what the bill’s summary provides, saying that (emphasis ours):
This bill creates an offense for a person who engages in an adult cabaret performance on public property or in a location where the adult cabaret performance could be viewed by a person who is not an adult. The bill defines an “adult cabaret performance” to mean a performance in a location other than an adult cabaret that features topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to a prurient interest, or similar entertainers, regardless of whether or not performed for consideration.
A first violation of this offense is a Class A misdemeanor, and a second or subsequent violation of this offense is a Class E felony.
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