Tennessee could suspend a bill pending passage through the state legislature to ban drag shows and other adult entertainment performances.
According to FOX 17 Nashville, the Tennessee House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a bill banning go-go dancers, exotic dancers and strippers from under 18s in public properties. I will go to the meeting.
“This is a common sense child safety bill,” said Chris Todd, a Republican congressman who sponsored HB. 9, according to reports.
The bill is intended to ban “adult cabaret entertainment” that is “harmful to minors”, including “male or female impersonators or similar entertainers who provide entertainment that appeals to lewd interests.”
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“There is confusion in the law about which performances are covered. This makes it clearer what crosses the line that is harmful to minors,” Todd added.
Although the bill effectively bans drag shows, it does not specifically use the term.
State Republicans have argued that drag shows can lead to the “sexualization” and “grooming” of children.
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Republican Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson introduced the legislation near the end of 2022 by introducing a bill restricting gender care surgeries for those under 18.
“We have no intention of exposing our children to this type of inappropriate and sexually explicit performance,” Sen. Johnson told the broadcaster in November 2022 after drug performances in which children were present became more popular. told to
Johnson said seeing the show start in Chattanooga and elsewhere inspired him to “pursue this law to make sure our law is consistent.”
Critics of the bill say its ambiguity could lead to unintended consequences.
Democratic Rep. Gloria Johnson, who represents the Knoxville area, said the bill was aimed at “hate” and that big stars like Harry Styles, who is known for his flashy and colorful clothes, would be forced out of the state. He said that it may unintentionally interfere with the performance. .
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“I’m curious why you dance, but there’s nothing inherently sexual about these things,” Rep. Johnson said at a Jan. 31 committee hearing. I’ve seen it in the community, but I’ve never seen it happen what people are saying. I’d like to know how many times you’ve been to a drag show.
She continued: “I think it’s kind of bad. But for some reason, does it matter who’s dressed up and dancing? People in drag shows, as a rule, wear more clothes than people in wrestling.” Because you can say
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Her comments were directed at Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, a former WWE wrestler known by the moniker Kane.
A Republican, Jacobs spent over 20 years in WWE after making his debut in 1992.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.