Infighting on the left…
Harvard’s Hasty Pudding theater troupe is one of the school’s oldest campus clubs, and features men performing in drag. One student has a lot of problems with the group.
The College Fix reports:
Student op-ed: Harvard drag show is ‘anti-Queer, anti-Brown, and anti-Black’
A student op-ed at The Harvard Crimson has blasted one of the university’s theatrical troupes as bigoted, calling it “anti-Queer, anti-Brown, and anti-Black.”
Nicholas Whittaker accused Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals group of being “not actively pro-Queer, pro-Brown, and pro-Black and so necessarily anti-Queer, anti-Brown, and anti-Black,” and said consequently that its famous drag show “never could be drag.”
Whittaker compared Hasty Pudding Theatricals unfavorably to “Venus Xtravaganza,” a “small Latinx trans drag queen” famous in 1980s New York.
Venus Xtravaganza “dances because she knows the beauty of her Brown skin, her Queer body,” Whittaker writes. “Her dance gives her power. How else, but by dancing, can she live in a world that mercilessly crushes Brown and Black, Queer and trans bodies, crushes them under its anti-Queer, anti-Brown and anti-Black healthcare and legal system and education system and culture and police state? How else, but by dancing, can Venus Xtravaganza breathe?”
“Does anyone in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals even know Venus Xtravaganza’s name? If not, how can they know what drag really is?”
“Drag is Queer,” Whittaker says, “and drag is Brown and Black. The ballroom is a battleground, and voguing—the dance of drag, our triumph—is a battle cry.”
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