Lizzo Protests Tennessee Ban By Bringing Drag Queens On Stage
Lizzo is taking a stand against the Tennessee drag ban. The “Good As Hell” singer performed in Tennessee over the weekend and she took the opportunity to stand up to the state’s anti-drag bill.
The Detroit native invited a troupe of drag queens to join her onstage at the Knoxville Thompson-Boling Arena. Dressed in every color of the rainbow, some of the famous drag queens who joined her include Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Kandy Muse, Vanessa Vanjie and more.
Before bringing the queens up for a triumphant dance, Lizzo, 34, addressed the audience in a clip later shared to her Twitter account. “In light of recent and tragic events and current events, I was told by people on the internet, ‘Cancel your shows in Tennessee. Don’t go to Tennessee,'” Lizzo said to boos from the packed crowd. “We don’t have to boo that person. Their reason was valid. But why would I not come to the people who need to hear this message the most? The people who need to feel this release the most?! Why would I not create a safe space in Tennessee where we can celebrate drag entertainers? And celebrate our differences. And celebrate fat, Black women!”
Stand Up For Your Rights
She continued, “What people are doing in Tennessee is giving hope. So, thank you so much for standing up for your rights, protecting each other, and holding the people accountable who should be protecting us.”
You have my heart Knoxville— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) April 22, 2023
Thank you for sharing a safe space with me 💖 pic.twitter.com/t4sCiJIThz
In another video, Lizzo thanked the “BEAUTIFUL DRAG SUPASTARS FOR SHOWING YOUR PRIDE IN TENNESSEE.” She added, “PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR DRAG ENTERTAINERS.”
THANK YOU TO THE BEAUTIFUL DRAG SUPASTARS FOR SHOWING YOUR PRIDE IN TENNESSEE ♥️🧡💛💚💙💜 PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR DRAG ENTERTAINERS: @vanessavanjie @asiaoharaland @ageofaquaria @thekandymuse @thebritneybanks @bis4bombchelle @cordeliafacade @cyainhale @itsdeezastris @jaidynnfierce @justinequeenqueen @lexivonsimmons @charlieboehmmua @itsshelbylabanks @theonlyshoshana @treyalize @vag4short @vivicasteele615 @zxawuzhere♬ Everybody’s Gay - Lizzo
Aquaria, who won season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, thanked the singer on Twitter for welcoming her and her “sisters to uplift & support the incredible drag artists from Tennessee.” Aquaria added, “We are so grateful to have a brave voice like hers to always speak up for what’s right.”
Last month, Tennessee introduced Senate Bill 3, known as the Tennessee drag ban, which set to ban the public “adult cabaret performance” of drag performers in front of children in the state of Tennessee. The ban has received lots of opposition from those in the state and outside it. On March 31, the ban was halted, with a federal judge in Tennessee pressing pause on the ban just hours before it was set to take effect.