Actress Charlize Theron threatens to ‘f*** up’ people who criticize drag queens at LGBTQ telethon opposing laws attempting to prevent performances in front of children
Actress Charlize Theron said she will ‘f*** up’ anyone who criticizes drag queens while speaking at an event opposing laws that attempt to prevent children viewing drag performances.
Theron made an appearance at the ‘Drag Isn’t Dangerous’ telethon, which showcased live and included pre-taped appearances from Hollywood entertainers and those within the drag community.
The Mad Max star took a chunk of her time to praise drag queens and suggested she would have it out with anybody going after them.
Theron, whose adopted son identifies as female, said children faced greater dangers in the world, seemingly referencing gun violence, which she has spoken out against in the past.
‘We love you queens! We’re in your corner, and we’ve got you, and I will f*** anybody up who is, like, trying to f*** with anything with you guys,’ she said at the event.
‘In all seriousness, there are so many things that are hurting and, really, killing our kids, right, and we all know what I’m talking about right now.’
Actress Charlize Theron said she will ‘f*** up’ anyone who criticizes drag queens at an event opposing the recent rash of laws seeking to prevent children from seeing drag performances
The Oscar-winner said that ‘if you’ve ever seen a drag queen lip sync for her life, it only makes you happier, it only makes you love more. It makes you a better person.’
‘F***, if I could do a death drop right now I would, but I would probably like, break my hip,’ she said, referencing a popular drag move.
She ended her time by asking viewers to ‘support all the great organizations that are out there helping all of this nonsense going away like it should, all of these incredibly stupid policies.’
Tennessee became the first state to explicitly ban drag shows in public spaces after Gov. Bill Lee signed the provision into law hours after the measure passed in the state Senate.
Drag shows have become a target of conservative criticism, as a slew of other anti-drag bills have been introduced in at least 14 other states — including Kentucky, Texas and Missouri.
Language across the numerous bills is similar to the Tennessee bill, which prohibits ‘adult cabaret performances’ in public places where minors could watch.
In Tennessee’s bill, ‘adult cabaret’ is defined as ‘adult-oriented performances’ that include ‘male or female impersonators.’
Theron has regularly posted her support for the LGBTQ community on social media and last year was seen pouting in a picture with two people dressed in drag.
In April 2019, she revealed to DailyMail.com that her elder child, seven-year-old Jackson, who was adopted as a baby and introduced to the world as a boy, identified as female.
‘Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,’ Charlize agrees, briskly. ‘Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: “I am not a boy!”
‘So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.
‘They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.
Theron made an appearance at the event Sunday via Zoom at the ‘Drag Isn’t Dangerous’ telethon, which showcased live and pre-taped appearances from entertainers from Hollywood, and within the drag community
Theron, whose adopted son identifies as female, said children faced greater dangers in the world, seemingly referencing gun violence, which she has spoken out against in the past. She is pictured here with both daughters Jackson and August
The Mad Max star took a chunk of her time to praise drag queens and suggested she would have it out with anybody going after them
‘My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be.
‘And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.’
Later that same year, Theron admitted that her daughter Jackson’s transgender journey is still a ‘pretty new’ territory for their family, in an interview with Pride Source.
Joining Theron were notable drag stars – who performed at the event – including Bob the Drag Queen, Divina De Campo, Jinkx Monsoon, Trixie Mattel, Peppermint and Eureka O’Hara.
Among the celebrities who joined Theron and Eisenberg include Elizabeth Banks, Margaret Cho, David Cross, Whitney Cummings, Billy Eichner, Marcia Gay Harden, Leslie Jones, Adam Lambert, Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Osbourne, Orville Peck, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Amber Tamblyn, and Ali Wong.
Eisenberg said in a statement: ‘The recent demonization of drag culture has been greatly upsetting and completely shocking.
’I have had the pleasure of getting to know many drag performers, including one of my idols, the incomparable Trixie Mattel, over the past several years.’
Silverman said in a statement: ‘The nerve of these disingenuous politicians is unfathomable. The number one killer of children is guns and these NRA pawns deflect it with a completely fabricated problem that puts the drag community in danger. The hypocrisy is astounding.’
Theron and Jesse Eisenberg are among the celebs who took part in the online telethon Drag Isn’t Dangerous Sunday
The event had an all-star cast of drag stars and Hollywood celebs slated to appear
Adam Lambert is among the ensemble of personalities who made an appearance
Jacob Slane, cofounder of the production company Producer Entertainment Group, which put on Sunday’s telethon said: ‘We are sick of it.’
‘These bans are not just about trans people or drag performers. It is a systematic subjugation of LGBTQ people.
‘Through the Drag Isn’t Dangerous campaign, we want to show that drag performers are not dangerous groomers, sexual deviants, criminals or whatever is the latest evangelical slur du jour.’
Slane noted, ‘We want to raise awareness and funds to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people who are under attack.’
Peppermint and comedian Justin Martindale are slated to cohost the event.
The event was spurred to combat the controversial laws being pushed across the U.S.
Arizona and Arkansas removed the reference to drag shows from their bills earlier this year.
Meanwhile, in March the Idaho House of Representatives voted to pass a bill restricting the performance of public live drag shows that contain ‘sexual conduct.’
In Kentucky, Republican lawmakers advanced a bill that same month to put limits on drag shows, as supporters touted it as a child-protection measure and opponents called it an unconstitutional attack aimed at LGBTQ groups.
The measure won Senate passage on a 26-6 vote after a lengthy debate.
In Missouri, legislators introduced House Bill 1364 on March 1. The bill would criminalize engaging, organizing, or authorizing the viewing of an adult cabaret performance on public property, which includes drag shows.
Last week, Montana legislators sent a bill to Gov. Greg Gianforte that would ban events in which drag performers read to children at public schools, libraries or other publicly funded locations.
Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia have also pushed similar bills.