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‘Drag Syndrome’ finds venue for performance

(Courtesy: Drag Snydrome Facebook)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Drag Syndrome has found a venue for Project 1 after they were told they were prohibited from performing at Tanglefoot.

The drag show will now be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Weathy Theatre in Grand Rapids.

Peter Meijer, who owns Tanglefoot, said the group couldn’t perform the drag show at his business because he had concerns that the performers were being exploited because they have Down syndrome.

“DisArt is exploiting individuals with Down syndrome to further an activist message, plain and simple,” Meijer said in a statement.

Meijer, who is running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, said his decision wasn’t political. He said he handled it privately and claimed DisArt, the group producing Drag Syndrome, released his letter to ArtPrize to sell more tickets.

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8 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    When someone who is male asks you to refer to them using female pronouns or vice versa, essentially they’re asking you to affirm that what is likely a healthy and whole body is a curse rather than a blessing. I dissociated from the Boy Scouts because I could not do that, especially in the company of someone with a TRULY broken body, of which there were some in the Scouts. Now this event comes along and essentially has people with a handicap/disability THEMSELVES affirming that someone else’s healthy and whole body is a curse rather than a blessing. I don’t know how anyone can bury their conscience enough to cooperate with such a thing.

  • stop the madness

    Thank you mom and dad for raising me to have pride in who and what I am. Thank you for not allowing anyone to exploit or abuse me. And thank you for teaching me the difference between art and nonsense.

  • steve

    What a novel idea! Showing a stage production in a theater with both a stage and theater seating rather than an remodeled flypaper factory.

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