Unfortunately the Family Policy Council of West Virginia occasionally must publicly address a mischaracterization of our organization.
On Monday April 22, at 4:15 p.m., WSAZ TV Channel 3 in Charleston promoted an upcoming drag queen show to be held at Marshall University. One of the female guests on the news segment gave an invitation, “This drag queen show is PG-13, and everyone is welcome.” Unsupervised children watching the early news were exposed to video clips of drag queens dancing on a stage promoting the event.
“This drag queen show is PG-13, and everyone is welcome.”
Most reasonable adults recognize drag queens as subject matter clearly unsuitable for unsupervised children because of the highly sexualized nature of drag performances. We posted the following message on our Facebook account, calling into question the editorial decision to broadcast such content right after school.
Monday April 22, 2019, The Family Policy Council of West Virginia:
WSAZ advertisers and viewers. Today after school, this news channel thought it appropriate to promote a drag show at Marshall. “Mommy, what’s a PG-13 drag show where everyone is welcome?”
We also posted two screenshots of the broadcast and tagged two radio outlets in the post for dissemination. The Tom Roten Morning Show and MetroNews were therefore incorrectly attributed for our post by some who did not understand the function of social media tags.
Then on Tuesday April 23, we were made aware that Tim Irr, the WSAZ host of the ‘Drag Queens Slay Cancer’ segment, had published commentary dressing down our post as “religious intolerance” with “no redeeming value.”
Tim Irr WSAZ TV Channel 3: “Perhaps the way we feel about the ‘other side’ is best kept in our own thoughts, especially in a situation like this.”
In Irr’s post, he both attempts to justify WSAZ’s drag queen promotion and wrongly accuses the Family Policy Council of “taking exception with one of the guests on the segment.” Instead, our exception was to the station management and its cavalier approach to broadcasting questionable content to children.
Click Here to read his complete commentary on Facebook: Tuesday April 23, 2019 WSAZ Tim Irr: It’s also included at the bottom of this article.
Irr’s attempt to justify drag show imagery at that time of day uses an argument based on the universally disproven logical fallacy that the ends justify the means. If left unchallenged, Irr’s supposition (while apparently popular with some WSAZ commenters) could set a dangerous precedent.
What WSAZ and other West Virginia media choose to broadcast to our children in the future may be determined by a lack of critical feedback like ours on their current haphazard broadcasts. If we and others don’t continue to speak up now, why would WSAZ care if future content “may not be our cup of tea,” as Irr dismissively wrote in his chastisement of our post.
Irr spoke of the drag show as if it would be just another benign fundraiser. However, the self-exploitation of those suffering through the clinical psychiatric diagnosis known as gender dysphoria is certainly not benign, even if “done on their own time, in their own way.”
Gender dysphoria is in the family of diagnoses known as body dysmorphia. Body dysmorphia also includes bulimia and anorexia nervosa, as well as a male who perceives that he is a woman trapped in his male body, and vice versa.
Following Irr’s flawed logic of the ends justify the means, any event should not only be tolerated but promoted at any hour, to any demographic, as long as the event is advertised under the guise of raising money for a worthy charity, like cancer research.
Would WSAZ promote an event exploiting others with a similar body dysmorphia diagnosis, like a group of anorexic teen girls dancing on a stage in a cancer fundraiser? The Family Policy Council prioritizes proper counseling and care for our vulnerable citizens rather than encouraging their self-exploitation.
Of course, some males do drag as an art form. What is surprising is that women’s rights advocates haven’t already protested those shows because of the clownishly costumed males pantomiming overly-sexualized, feminine farce. This is the epitome of female appropriation.
The ends (highly questionable at best in this situation) do not justify the means.
The argument that any controversial event should be untouchable from criticism if the promoters loosely claim that the door receipts will be donated to an “acceptable” charity should be rejected.
Of note, nowhere in our short post did we address LGBTQ issues. Nonetheless, Irr launched a defense. He suggested that we “may not consider them worthy of friendship or even respect.” Irr doesn’t seem to grasp that LGBTQ is a loosely amalgamated political group, made up of vastly different — and sometimes competing –social, medical, and activist motivations. We most certainly do cherish our friends across West Virginia who identify with same-sex attractions even though we disagree on some policies. And they work with us on constitutional freedom and pro-life issues, usually behind the scenes, out of real concern for retribution against them from LGBTQ political groups.
Irr will likely find it surprising that most males who self-identify as “gay” actually oppose public drag behavior because they rightly understand that these shows damage their efforts to gain widespread LGBTQ affirmation. Also biological female self-identifying lesbians are urging female lesbians to exit the LGBTQ political coalition for both and in protest of the blatant female appropriation demonstrated in drag shows and self-preservation.
Irr stated that “our guests were not there to forward some type of political or social agenda.” That statement is simply incredulous or intellectually dishonest.
We also didn’t reference religious objections in our post. Still, Irr felt compelled to offer insight into why religious feelings may not be best applied to these matters. His reply further demonstrates that West Virginia media have completed an ideological divergence from the commonsense West Virginia parent.
We questioned WSAZ’s choice to broadcast a drag show promotion after school, and Irr dismissed us by suggesting, “the way we feel…is best kept in our own thoughts.”
We’d like to extend to Mr. Irr the courtesy that he was unwilling to extend to us — that is, we wish to hear all of his thoughts, “especially in a situation like this.” We have a better society when those who may differ are not only allowed to express dissent and critique, without fear of being labeled as bigots, but are also encouraged to speak up.
We urge all members of the media, like Tim Irr at WSAZ, especially those intent on admonishing or chastising any of us who offer critique, to do so with informed, logical, intellectually honest arguments that keep the virtue-signaling to a minimum.
The Family Policy Council holds no animosity towards Irr for his post, as we hold no animosity towards any person for his views. We do, however, hold animosity towards any ideology that would rob the innocence from a little child while possibly exacerbating the psychosis of those with mental health concerns. And we will speak boldly and swiftly to protect both.
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Here is Irr’s published commentary:
Tuesday April 23rd, WSAZ Tim Irr: The Family Policy Council of West Virginia took exception with one of our guests yesterday on First Look at Four. The young man was one of two guests being interviewed about upcoming events to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The event in which he’s participating is the Queens Slay Cancer drag Show at Marshall University, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26. All the money raised at the event, and the other events discussed on our show yesterday, will go the American Cancer Society.
Our guests were not there to forward some type of political or social agenda. They were not promoting adherence to a certain lifestyle. They did not speak negatively about or demean anyone in any way. They simply promoted events meant to raise money to fight cancer.
drag shows may not be your cup of tea. Undoubtedly, they have a somewhat limited, but very supportive target audience. You may not consider members of the LGBTQ community worthy of your friendship, or even your respect, which is rather sad from a humanity standpoint. Perhaps your religious beliefs put you at odds with something you see as immoral.
We all feel the need to pick our battles in life. There are plenty of people who believe they have a moral responsibility to stand up for their religious convictions, and how they would like to see those convictions applied to the rules of our society.
Conversely, there are plenty of people who see no redeeming value whatsoever in a society guided by what they perceive as religious intolerance. That battle will no doubt play out for many years to come at the ballot box, in the street, in our homes and on social media.
But dragging people down who are simply trying to raise money for something like cancer research — on their own time, in their own way… no matter how you may feel about it — just seems mean-spirited and very wrong.
Perhaps the way we feel about the “other side” is best kept in our own thoughts, especially in a situation like this.