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Drag queens respond to Mary Cheney’s question of why drag is acceptable if blackface isn’t

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World of Wonder — the media company that produces the reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race — responded on Friday to a question posed by Mary Cheney: Why is drag acceptable when blackface isn’t?

Mary Cheney — the lesbian daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney — asked in a Facebook post this week why drag performers are allowed to blur gender lines in their work while society frowns on the form of racial minstrelsy known as “blackface.”

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According to CNN, Cheney wrote, “Why is it socially acceptable — as a form of entertainment — for men to put on dresses, make up and high heels and act out every offensive stereotype of women (bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty, etc.) — but it is not socially acceptable — as a form of entertainment — for a white person to put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African Americans?”

“Shouldn’t both be ok or neither?” she asked.

Cheney married her longtime partner Heather Poe in June of 2012 well after her father and President George W. Bush’s time in office. The Bush administration is widely accused of using same-sex marriage as a wedge issue in 2004 to drive conservative voters to the polls and ensure itself a second term in the White House.

On Twitter, “Christian” performance artist Mrs. Betty Bowers wrote:

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On Friday evening, World of Wonder posted a video entitled “Drag Herstory 101,” in which RuPaul explained that while blackface and racist “entertainment” drive people apart, “drag brings people together” by letting them imagine and embody whatever or whoever they want to be.

Drag Queens, wrote World of Wonder, “have used the art form as self-expression, as a tool of cultural and political change, and, yes, as a celebration of womanhood.”

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“So reach out and touch a drag queen’s hand,” said RuPaul in the video, “and make the world a better place if you can.”

Watch the video, embedded below:

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GOPer Joni Ernst booed and peppered with questions about guns at tense Iowa town hall

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In videos uploaded to Twitter, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) received a chorus of boos and shouts from a town hall crowd after she tried to blame mass shootings on mental health issues, with one person shouting, "Do something!"

According to a report from Iowa Starting Line, the embattled Iowa Senator whose approval numbers have dropped, due in part to President Donald Trump, was pressed by one local teacher about changing gun laws so she can get back to the job she was hired for.

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‘That is ridiculous’: Andrew Gillum obliterates Santorum for claiming guns aren’t ‘problem’ in mass shootings

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CNN contributor Andrew Gillum called conservative pundit Rick Santorum "ridiculous" on Sunday for suggesting that guns are not the problem in mass shootings.

During a CNN discussion on gun control, Santorum criticized calls from Democratic candidates for the government to buy back assault-style weapons in addition to banning them.

"The truth is something has to give," Gillum said. "The stranglehold that the NRA seems to have over Congress, over Washington, D.C., in my opinion, is insane. How can we put the priorities of one interest group above the safety, the security of the American people?"

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WATCH: Tenn. lawmaker seeks to ‘destroy Satan’ by banning abortions in cases of rape and incest

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The sponsor of a bill that would effectively ban all abortions in Tennessee said that he hopes to "destroy Satan."

Sen. Mark Pody (R) made the remarks at a Monday prayer gathering before debate on the bill.

"I'm not against any colleagues, whether they're standing with me or not," Pody said. "I'm against Satan and I'm standing with God."

"We will not back up, we will not back down, we will not turn around," he added. "We face the enemy. We have no protection when we run. We have no protection for our back."

The Tennessee ban would take effect once "a viable pregnancy is presumed to exist or has been confirmed," effectively banning all abortions in the state. There is no exception in the bill for rape or incest.

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