“I don’t see any reason that drag would be perceived as being anti-Catholic in any way”
There is a drag group that has been in the news lately that is specifically anti-Catholic.
Campus Reform reports:
Notre Dame prof defends campus drag show as not ‘counter to the teachings of the Church’
A leading Catholic university appears set to allow a professor to host an upcoming drag show to allegedly educate students about the influence and tradition of drag in entertainment.
Pam Wojcik, the chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, plans on hosting a symposium on drag during Nov. 3 as part of her one-credit course, “What a Drag: Drag on Screen – Variations and Meanings.”
According to the Notre Dame website’s class search feature, the class “provides an overview of the history of drag performance on screen.”
“We will consider televisual drag, comedic and dramatic fiction films, documentaries, and silent films,” the course description states. “We will consider uses of drag as disguise, cross dressing for comedy, ballroom culture, drag contests, female to male drag, and more.”
In a conversation with Campus Reform, Wojcik cast doubt on the Catholic Church’s opposition to drag shows.
“So, do you have any evidence that the Church has opinions about drag one way or the other? ‘Cause I don’t,” Wojcik said.
“Drag has a very long history in entertainment,” she stated. “Drag has been central to all of these entertainment forms and part of the reason we’re doing this class in Film, TV, and Theatre is because there’s a lot of misperception about what drag is.”
Wojcik rejected the idea that drag performances had anything to do with Catholic teaching on sexuality or chastity, and downplayed the idea that showcasing such spectacles would be “harmful.”
“I don’t see any reason that drag would be perceived as being anti-Catholic in any way,” she said. “It does have its long tradition.”
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