Drag queens drown out far-right commentator with fan thworps
A group of drag queens came up with a creative way to block a far-right commentator at a rally in Washington, DC.
A video shared by the independent news outlet Unicorn Riot shows the queens surrounding a host who “had been antagonising” crowds at the All Out DC protest on Saturday (July 6).
As the host—who has not been identified—spoke into a microphone, the queens used the sound of their hand fans to drown her out.
Clarification: DC Chapter of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence use hand fans to drown out a far-right media host who had been antagonizing #AllOutDC protest crowd
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) July 6, 2019
The queens belonged to the DC Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an “order of queer nuns… devoted to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment.”
They were among the hundreds who had turned out to counter a rival protest led by the Proud Boys, a men-only organisation which the FBI classifies as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism.”
Proud Boys outnumbered by All Out DC protestors
The Proud Boys and its allies called their Demand Free Speech rally to complain about the shutting down of hate speech on social media platforms.
Gavin McInnes, the group’s founder, reportedly staged a stunt involving toy handcuffs which didn’t quite go to plan.
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He appeared on stage wearing the cuffs, which he attempted to remove to symbolise overcoming online censorship.
According to the Daily Beast, he was unable to get them off and had to be helped out of them.
Milo Yiannopolous, the gay former Breitbart editor recently banned from Facebook for hate speech, also spoke at the event. He reportedly wore a wig and performed an unflattering impersonation of another speaker.
According to USA Today, the self-described “Western chauvinists” were outnumbered “roughly two to one” by counter protestors, with a heavy police presence separating the two factions.
Those on the All Out DC side heard from activists who spoke about transgender rights and the empowerment of black people regardless of gender.