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A child performs at a drag show in the new CBC documentary 'Drag Kids'Twitter / screenshot

July 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In today’s world of failing media operations, Canada’s state broadcaster the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation only survives for one reason: It is funded by the taxpayers, who have their wages garnished to pay for a largely left-wing network that champions every progressive cause and has been promoting the Sexual Revolution with great gusto for years. I had not realized until this week, however, that the CBC also runs a platform called CBC Kids News, in order to cater directly to children. And as it turns out, one of the things they want to promote to children is the idea that little kids can become drag queens.

In a promo video posted to their Twitter account, the CBC attempts to make drag shows sound as if they are precisely like children playing make-believe, and then shows children gyrating, throwing their heads back and giving the camera what are supposed to be seductive looks, and dancing in a way that provocative adults might. These little children, who have perfected the model dead-eyed-with-mouth-slightly-open look, are presented as the stars of a new (again, taxpayer-funded) CBC documentary, Drag Kids

There is a 12-old female drag queen, and an 11-year-old boy named Jason who poses as a drag queen named Susan B. Anthony. CBC featured a photo of him in the video wearing a female wig, looking over his shoulder, and waving a hand-held fan with the word Slay painted across it. A 10-year-old boy named Nemis moonlights as a drag queen with long blond hair and heavy makeup and the drag name “Lactatia.” Then there’s a nine-year-old boy named Stephan with the voice of a small child who dons thick eyeliner, lipstick, and a shaggy blond wig to transform himself into “Lady Gaga.”

Stephan, the nine-year-old, tells the adult filmmakers that drag is about “transforming from a man into a woman for entertainment,” although nobody mentions that Stephan is not a man. In fact, he is not even an adolescent – he is a child, and these ideas have obviously been planted in his head by adults, who are facilitating and assisting his transformation into a drag queen and allowing him to be exploited by the filmmakers who need “drag kids” to make their documentary. 

The doc makers then ask the children to share their favourite pop song to “perform” to, and who their favorite drag queen is. Light, upbeat music in the background is inserted to assure the viewer that there is nothing horribly creepy about all of this, and one of the children says that he wants the Drag Kids documentary to ensure other children that they can do drag, too – and this is interspersed with shots of the children, dressed in little dresses, heavy makeup, and wigs, dancing for adult crowds and attending Pride Parades. 

The filmmakers accidentally give the game away at the end of the promo video, when they ask the children a strange, leading question: “How has drag helped you?” Nemis, the 10-year-old, responded by saying perhaps more than he meant to: “I perform in front of crowds now and they cheer, so I know I’m doing alright.” In other words: Adults encourage me, adults cheer me on, and that is how I know that being a child drag queen is okay. It is adults who introduced these children to the hyper-sexualized world of drag, it is adults facilitating the cross-dressing children for adult crowds, and it is adults making films attempting to mainstream small children dancing like provocative adults for adults. 

It is nauseating that the idea of child drag queens even has to be condemned. It is infuriating that Canada’s state broadcaster is using taxpayer money to create films promoting the exploitation and grooming of children. And the only thing I found hopeful is that in the more than 1,000 comments beneath the video CBC Kids News posted to Twitter, nearly every one of them was expressing horror, outrage, and fury at what was being done to these children.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.