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DOD Cancels On-Base Drag Shows – Leftist Outrage Noticeably Missing

DOD Cancels On-Base Drag Shows – Leftist Outrage Noticeably Missing

Is it too much to hope that even leftists are beginning to see how inappropriate on-base drag shows are?

We recently covered the Navy’s use of drag queens as “digital ambassadors” to help with the service’s dismal recruiting numbers:

One of the images from Navy “digital ambassador” Harpy Daniels’ Instagram page in our most recent post, showing Harpy in thong underwear and nothing else, has apparently been taken down.  So, just in case you’d forgotten, here is a different image we found from Harpy Daniels’, who is on active duty in the Navy and whose real name is Joshua Kelley, Instagram page:


Please keep in mind this person in on active duty in your (and my) United States Navy.

Also, as we noted in our most recent post, not only has Kelley been posting wildly inappropriate, openly accessible content on social media, he also, on Twitter, (i) accused Republicans of engaging in a “witch hunt” for questioning the Navy’s use of drag queens for recruiting, (ii) insulted Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw, and (iii) accused a person questioning the Navy’s use of drag queen recruiters as “homophobic.”

Bringing to mind the old adage that when you’ve dug yourself a hole, it’s best to stop digging, some of “Harpy’s” recent tweets include this one praising Charlize Theron for saying that she would “fu*k anybody up” who comes for transgender people:

And this one accusing Fox News of “hate” for covering his story and lamenting that more “larger names” hadn’t come to his defense:

And Harpy retweeted this one calling a Target employee who supports Satanism a hero:

Anyway, it now turns out that the tide may be turning (no pun intended) at DOD, with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin banning on-base drag shows DOD-wide, as reports: Defense Secretary Orders No Drag Shows on Military Bases After Political Furor

A Defense Department-wide prohibition on drag shows on military bases has resulted in the cancellation of at least two events that were planned for Pride Month and previously approved by base officials, two defense officials confirmed to

Shows at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Ramstein Air Base in Germany scheduled for this month were canceled, participants and defense officials confirmed. The two officials told the cancellations were part of a direction from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that drag shows, which have become a target of the political right, not be hosted on bases.

This all happened after Matt Gaetz, Republican Congressman for Florida, jacked Austin up at a hearing in March:

During a March hearing before the House Armed Services Committee, Gaetz pressed Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley about drag shows hosted on military bases.  Austin repeatedly told Gaetz that such events, which are typically sponsored by community groups, are “not something that the department supports or funds.”

Gaetz also sent a letter, available here, to Austin about the Nellis and Rammstein drag shows, and others at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, in Virginia, where Harpy Daniels had performed, and Malmstrom Air Force Base, in Montana. The letter “enclosed supplementary documents that further highlight[ed] the DoD’s pervasive and persistent use of taxpayer dollars for drag events,” including one showing Daniels performing a drag show aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) while the carrier was forward-deployed. The letter called the upcoming June 1, 2023 Nellis drag show an “outright attack on children,” and promised that the “House Armed Services Committee [would] conduct further oversight of this matter.”

The Nellis show, as mentioned, was cancelled:


“Per DoD Joint Ethics Regulation (JER), certain criteria must be met for persons or organizations acting in non-federal capacity to use DoD facilities and equipment,” Defense Department spokesperson Sabrina Singh said in a statement. “As Secretary Austin has said, the DoD will not host drag events at U.S. military installations or facilities. Hosting these types of events in federally funded facilities is inconsistent with regulations regarding the use of DoD resources.”

An Air Force official told that base leaders have been told to relocate those shows or cancel them if they’re on the installation.

“Consistent with Secretary Austin’s congressional testimony, the Air Force will not host drag events at its installations or facilities,” the official said. “Commanders have been directed to either cancel or relocate these events to an off-base location.”

Representative Gaetz celebrated:

Rolling Stone did not celebrate, although their response, for them, was quite muted:

IT’S BEEN LITTLE more than a decade since the Department of Defense officially repealed “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” allowing LGBTQ service members to be open about their identities, families, and lives. Today, progress is being threatened by a vitriolic anti-LGBTQ backlash from the right — and the Pentagon is starting to cave.

And, showing that they never got the message on “chain of command,” Rolling Stone lamented that “Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley ordered Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base to cancel a drag show in celebration of Pride Month — despite the event already having been approved by the Air Force.”

Politico accused the DOD of “crack[ing] down on drag shows at military bases,” and ABC News lamented that “[t]he previously approved show was scheduled for the first day of Pride Month.”  The Portland Press Herald, from Maine, focused on “the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for LGBTQ+ civil rights, [and which] directly criticized Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin”:

“Before today, Secretary Austin has been unwavering in his support for LGBTQ+ Americans who proudly serve in uniform,” the group said in a statement. “However, instead of truly standing up for our community on the first day of Pride, he chose to side with the politics of fear and discrimination peddled by extreme members of Congress.”

But by and large, these news organizations simply reported the facts, as a perusal of the above articles reveals.

Even those who took to Twitter to express their disapproval were more disappointed than outraged:

About as bad as it got was this tweet:

Maybe, just maybe we are seeing the realization by all involved that drag shows, especially those for children, are not appropriate in a military setting. I can’t believe I even have to write that in 2023, but maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel after all.



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On the anniversary of D-Day.
Those responsible for this trans, drag show, deliberately ruining the military…. I can write plenty, but I will leave it at G– Damn them.

It’s not about the drag shows themselves. It’s about a tiny, tiny minority forcing it’s will on the vast majority.

    Virginia42 in reply to Rusty Bill. | June 6, 2023 at 9:12 am

    It’s both. I can’t think of too many more things that are calculated to undermine good order and discipline than this dreck they are imposing on the military.

    BoboPhat in reply to Rusty Bill. | June 6, 2023 at 10:08 am

    The tiny minority hasn’t the power to force anything on anyone over the age of 10, but some other group is making it possible for them. Ultimately for the opposing reaction, presumably. It’s using the same principle as in the quote attributed to Lincoln — “The best way to repeal a bad law is to enforce it strictly.”

    chrisboltssr in reply to Rusty Bill. | June 6, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Indeed. When the history of the 21st Century is written historians will marvel how such a minority of a minority of a minority of a minority of perverted individuals were able to get so much power over the majority. And the answer will be simple: It’s because the majority gave it to them.

    But hopefully the tide is turning on thus perverted nonsense.

    mailman in reply to Rusty Bill. | June 6, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Its not even about that! Its about the fact the military is in no position of carrying out its main mission of killing the enemy where ever the may be!!

      MattMusson in reply to mailman. | June 6, 2023 at 12:29 pm

      Meanwhile, the local Catholic Bishop announced that he will be leading a Eucharistic procession to Dodger Stadium as ‘reparation’ for the insults made against Jesus Christ by the Drag Nun Satanists.

      The Dodgers sewed the Wind. They are about to reap the Whirlwind.

To quote Charlton Heston, “It’s a madhouse!”

transgender spectrum: homosexuals (i.e. divergent sexual orientation), neogenders (e.g. simulated sex-correlated attributes)

trans/social: men mimicking, mocking women’s presentation, and the complementary response from women, and transgenders.

DOD: Department of Drag – second-order forcing of progressive prices and planned populationhood, with a first-order perception of catastrophe and destruction along with climate change.

political congruence (“=”) is a many splendored thing.

Pride refers to the family of polyamorous lions, lionesses, and their unPlanned cubs playing in gay parade on the African savanna, but not on the Isle of Lesbos. The Rainbow symbols and rhetoric in human context reflects past, present, and progressive albinophobia. The second “Rainbow” flag is used by the politically congruent (“=”) to socially distance trans/homosexuals from their weirder trans/neo siblings in the transgender spectrum.

NavyMustang | June 6, 2023 at 9:23 am

Every time I read an article like this, I make a point of hugging my DD214.

In celebration of transgender spectrum month, trans/homosexuals will welcome back their their trans/neo siblings, but where do trans/socials fit in this community? Do transgenders include men and women who mimic, mock the social standards of the opposite sex? Perhaps just 1/2 of a couplet, where there remain binary and complementary pairing. Oh, once you dispose, sacrifice babies in planned parenthood, the stark bigotry of “Respect for Marriage Act” becomes glaring. The evolution of two men and a womb, two women and a donor, have a similarly progressive effect. Civil unions for all consenting adults… children, too?

NavyMustang | June 6, 2023 at 9:30 am

Note the out given to the base “leaders”:

“An Air Force official told that base leaders have been told to relocate those shows or cancel them if they’re on the installation.”

I can easily see the military organizers simply moving these despicable shows off base. Cause they’re “in the right” you know.

texansamurai | June 6, 2023 at 9:49 am

the raison d’etre for the us armed forces is the defense / protection of the constitution and our freedoms against all threats–practically ANY other activity is a diversion / distraction from that mission–while woke businesses may lose billions and survive, if our military loses the ability to fulfill their primary mission then the very security of our nation / way of life is at risk

“drag shows” or any other controversial activity / causes du jour are distractions to appease a comparatively tiny slice of our population and should never be allowed to diminish the essential and fundamental capabilities of the armed forces

    docduracoat in reply to texansamurai. | June 6, 2023 at 10:36 am

    Dear Texansamurai,
    Your position that the mission of our military is to kill and nothing should distract from that is correct.

    It is already way too late as the Obama appointed generals, like Miley, have already hollowed out the military.

    Troops are leaving in droves and traditional military families are not sending new recruits as all the wokeness training is hateful to conservatives.

    Not to mention that we have sent all our reserve ammo and weapons to Ukraine and it will take literally years to restock.

    If I were a mad mullah or Chinese dictator, I would attack soon.

E Howard Hunt | June 6, 2023 at 10:32 am

If Charlize leaves the “up” part out she’s got a deal.

“Please keep in mind this person in on active duty in your (and my) United States Navy.”

I’ll bet he’s seen more action than the average sailor.

“Family-friendly” drag shows? Nope. Libs of TikTok has the videos of them.

These shows are bawdy, which is fine for adults, but not for children.

    chrisboltssr in reply to Valerie. | June 6, 2023 at 10:42 am

    No, they’re not even fine for adults. You libertarians or soft-social conservatives have got to stop this. “Live and let live” is ultimately destructive.

      BoboPhat in reply to chrisboltssr. | June 6, 2023 at 11:13 am

      “Live and let live” is ultimately destructive.

      So is drunk driving and other drunken behaviors, yet alcohol is legal (for adults) and the prior effort to control alcohol consumption among the public resulted in a significant rise of organized crime as in “the mob.” Attempting to control everyone else (rather than only oneself) is futile and leads to unpredictable and sometimes catastrophic results.

      Preventing others from sinning is not the same as them choosing of their own free will to resist sin. Attempting to control others (rather than oneself) does not make them (or us) more virtuous. As Jesus said of leading children astray, “such things must come” but woe to those who bring them.

      I see the problem as one of “experts” who failed in terms of wisdom (or courage, or both.) Sexual deviancy had long been held to be a disorder, but “experts” caved and chose on behalf of all of us to declare the abnormal “normal”, thus limiting options for treatment. No amount of prohibiting adults from attending drag shows or the like will reverse the cause of the situation in which we currently find ourselves. Renewed recognition of sexual deviancy as a (behavioral or psychological) disorder would reverse the cause of the current situation in the public sphere and then the existence of drag performances would again be largely irrelevant.

        chrisboltssr in reply to BoboPhat. | June 6, 2023 at 11:35 am

        Yeah, drunk driving is a consequence of “live and let live” and we punish that consequence. I don’t know how much more of reality you libertarians need to intake to realize your stupid worldview is stupid.

          BoboPhat in reply to chrisboltssr. | June 6, 2023 at 12:20 pm

          “Yeah, drunk driving is a consequence of “live and let live” and we punish that consequence.”

          Which does not stop drunk driving from happening! It doesn’t resolve the problem. Whereas treating dipsomania as a mental disorder would allow confining anyone who behaves drunkenly in public for diagnosis at the very least, and / or treatment, and which I would support just the same as I would for drug addicts, sexual deviants, habitual criminals, and violent offenders. However, I wouldn’t even attempt to prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol, because it wouldn’t solve the problem, and the same goes for drag performances as well, because they aren’t the -source- of the problem so eliminating them won’t solve anything.

          nordic prince in reply to chrisboltssr. | June 6, 2023 at 1:59 pm

          @BoboPhat – true, punishment does not stop all criminal or aberrant behavior, but it serves as a deterrent for the vast majority, and is hence worthwhile.

          Otherwise, why bother with laws at all, since someone somewhere at some time is going to break any given law?

          That is the path to anarchy.

          BoboPhat in reply to nordic prince. | June 6, 2023 at 2:50 pm

          That depends on which we’re talking about, the mentally ill or their enablers. Punishing the mentally ill is depraved, as opposed to caring for them, including institutionalization to protect the public from them. Punishing the non-mentally-ill enablers of explicit drag shows for children sounds like a fine idea.

      CommoChief in reply to chrisboltssr. | June 6, 2023 at 3:11 pm

      Who gets to decide what behavior consenting adults can engage in privately which does no harm to others? Not in public, not involving minor children or anyone who is incapable of consenting mind you.

    geronl in reply to Valerie. | June 6, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    They are handing out dildo’s and there are kids around

chrisboltssr | June 6, 2023 at 11:00 am

The Leftists aren’t as loud because it’s a Democratic administration which is doing this. Rest assured if this were being done by a Republican administration the Christophobes would be out in force talking about how their right to be perverted is under attack.

nordic prince | June 6, 2023 at 11:22 am

Make Closets Great Again.

Steven Brizel | June 6, 2023 at 12:20 pm

Good riddance. The list of economic targets who deserve to go broke because they have gone woke increases daily

No lefty outrage means they aren’t really cancelled maybe

1) Why is he still on Active Duty?
2) I’d try to pick that up at the end of the night outside a navy base. It wouldn’t end well, though.
Reminds me of Crocodile Dundee “Hey, that’s a Sheila. Look here, that’s a Sheila”

    CommoChief in reply to diver64. | June 6, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    Anyone dressing up like Donna Summer in 2023 should be avoided b/c they are almost certainly a tranny.

    Aarradin in reply to diver64. | June 7, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Reminds me of the time that Joan Rivers called Michelle Obama a “Tranny”, reporter asked again and Joan doubled down on the claim.

Subotai Bahadur | June 6, 2023 at 9:21 pm

DoD may be saying that they have ended drag shows on base. However, their ability to tell the truth is questionable of late. Let’s wait 6 months or so and see if we find out they were lying.

Subotai Bahadur

This can’t be true, I watched Gen. Milley and the Sec. Defense in sworn testimony declare that this wasn’t happening at all.

How can they be cancelling what was never happening?