DeSantis: Drag Queens Hurt US Military Recruitment

How soon do they forget.   DeathSantis is counting on his right wing followers having no memories other than what the scaremongering politicians and Christian Taliban are pushing on them.   It is tragic how they entirely change history and make up mythical wrong facts.   For example, there has always been drag in the military and the government has always paid for drag shows to entertain the troops.  Ever hear of Bob Hope and the USO.   Famous for drag shows.   Drag shows are men or women cross-dressing despite the rights attempt to make it seem like sex shows such as stripping and other adult entertainment.   And before you say the men wear exaggerated boobs, remember this fact.  A total of 212,500 breast augmentation procedures were performed in 2000, and 287,085 procedures were performed in 2019. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast augmentation numbers dipped for the first time in 20 years.   If you read the linked article, you will see DeathSantis makes all sorts of scary claims he can not back up with fact.  The recruitment numbers go up and down with the economy.  If the economy is bad then you get more people joining the military to survive.  If the economy is good for workers like now where employers are offering more to entice workers then recruitment falls.  This idea that everyone in the military is there for the love of country is stupid and fake.  They want a place to live and food to eat.  Do they get indoctrinated and propagandized too?  Yes.  But that is not why the majority join.   Hugs

Florida Politics reports:

In Iowa Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said “drag queens” were part of the reason people didn’t want to enlist in the United States military.

“When you see videos of folks recruiting for the military services using things like drag queens, you know, that is just fundamentally wrong,” DeSantis said in Sioux Center at the Feenstra Family Picnic, a major confab of Iowa Republicans.

The U.S. Navy, which DeSantis was a member of, used a female impersonator as a “digital ambassador.” The service member, named Joshua Kelley, performs as “Harpy Daniels.” DeSantis will sign legislation cracking down on drag shows later this Spring.

Read the full article. As most of you surely know, troops have been entertained by drag shows since forever.




Drag has long been alive and well in the military. I believe Orbanism hurts military recruitment. Fascism hurts military recruitment. Forcing one “religious belief” down everyone else’s throats hurts military recruitment.

Not to mention Some Like it HotSouth Pacific and two or three episodes of McHale’s Navy, among others.

Bugs Bunny. Bosom Buddies. Mrs. Doubtfire.


Jethrine Bodine

EDIT: adding what I just learned. Who knew?


Here is the South Pacific movie (1958) scene in color with Mitzi Gaynor and Ray Walston while they were singing “Honey Bun.”


I guess they didn’t watch M.A.S.H.


The man’s obsessed. It’s enough to make you wonder why.

This bastard is pushing through increasingly draconian laws. Just wait.


Same sign was posted at public pools in Florida when my parents were children except “Mexicans” was replaced by “Latins”‘. That way they could exclude not only Spaniards and Cubans but also Italians and Sicilians.

Again with the hatred, Ron. There’s a long tradition of female impersonators in US military history. Read a book other than the Buy-bull, Ron.

My husband’s dad did drag in WWII before he was shot in the heart by a Nazi. He survived and did drag in the hospital for the troops as he and they recovered.

He’s a fucking veteran, if he doesn’t know that then his memory isn’t good enough to be a governor.

I’ll bet he doesn’t even read that book either. Most Christians rely on a religious leader to interpret it for them.

Military enlistment by men frightened by drag resulted in a treasonous Nazi enlisting in the National Guard. He then published military secrets in an effort to impress his audience of fellow Nazi traitors.

I’ll take a patriot in panties and a push-up bra over a Nazi any day.

Tired of reading about more nonsense from DeSantis. The drag queen thing is going to follow Dr. Suess and Mr. Potato Head and whatever other made-up right wing outrage down the memory hole as soon as it’s no longer effective.

Agreed to an extent in that it’ll be memory holed at some point, but it definitely has some real-world impacts that the others didn’t. After all, no one was going to go an attack or have rallies with threats of violence in front of every store that sold Mr. Potato Head toys. Too many stores that they had too much need of for other things – even the Nazis wouldn’t want to risk being trespassed from every WalMart in their state, probably. They likely don’t get email alerts telling them where Hasbro employees are visiting, stuff like that.

With the drag show issues, though, they can focus the rage in a way that likely won’t impact their day-to-day lives. And it’ll impact other real people more directly, which gives them a thrill that just burning a Potato Head doll on YouTube won’t provide.

So I expect the next big thing they attack will have similar qualities – stuff they can focus more and hit individuals than complaining about a candy’s boots or pretending to care about children’s books (especially since they’re also pushing to limit books now).

The reason armed forces recruitment is down, by the way, is because Biden fixed the economy (!)and the unemployment rate is now at the lowest it’s ever been since 1969. Of course recruitment was higher when unemployment was at 13% under Trump — people need to eat and pay bills, and when the Army-Navy recruiter in your dusty podunk town is the only place that’s hiring, then that’s what you sign up for.


That and the Republicans keep playing policy-chicken with the troops’ lives and livelihoods and families.



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