Like his character in Footloose, (or the Drag Race-ispired Rusical Wigloose) Kevin Bacon is using dance to send an urgent message.
On Sunday Bacon & wife Kyra Sedgwick, posted a clip shakin’ it to Taylor Swift’s Karma wearing matching T-shirts that say,
Drag is an art and drag is a right.”
The protest is over a wave of government drag bans and the shirts have an illustration of a drag performer holding a fan embellished with a mustache and goatee.
Bacon captioned the video on Twitter,
#DragBans are bad karma. Right now, drag performers and the LGBTQIA+ community need our help.”
According to a legislation tracker from the ACLU, Republican state lawmakers have introduced 469 anti-LGBTQ bills this year in the U.S.
Tennessee became the first state to restrict drag performances in public in March. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Bill Lee, imposes criminal penalties on a place where where minors can view
a person who engages in an adult cabaret performance on public property.”
The state also banned all gender-affirming care for transgender youth.
At least 14 other states ― including Arkansas, Kentucky, North Dakota and Texas ― have introduced bills with similar language.
@kevinbacon Drag bans are bad karma. Right now, drag performers and the LGBTQIA+ community need our help. Tap the link in my bio to shop the #SixDegreesOfKB campaign supporting the @aclu Drag Defense Fund in the nationwide effort to protect creative expression or make a gift. #DragIsARight ♬ Karma – Taylor Swift
@kevinbacon Drag performers and the LGBTQIA+ community are facing unwarranted censorship and threats across the country. Like all artistic expression, drag is protected by the First Amendment and should be respected. #SixDegreesOfKB is proud to support the @aclu Drag Defense Fund and the nationwide effort to protect the drag community’s right to creative expression. Tap the link in my bio to shop or make a gift. #DragIsARight ♬ original sound – Kevin Bacon
(Photos, screen grabs; via HuffPost)