‘A harmless drag show? Not possible’: WT President denounces drag shows on campus
Canyon, Texas (KFDA) - In an email sent to current students, faculty and staff at West Texas A&M University, President Walter Wendler announced that a planned drag show will not take place on the University’s campus.
The email began with the subject line “A Harmless Drag Show? No Such Thing.”
The president went on to say that a drag show that was planned for March 31, 2023 will not be hosted on campus. The show was planned to raise money for “The Trevor Project”, an organization that focuses on suicide prevention for the LGBTQ+ community.
“He is the president of a university and he should be looking out for what’s best for the student body rather than him and his own personal beliefs,” said one student at West Texas A&M University.
The Office of the President released a statement on equal treatment students receive on campus,
However, some students at the protest were grateful for the email.
“I agree with the president and I think that it’s great that he stood his ground and he’s representing a lot of the voices that are scared to speak,” says Iveth Aguilera, student at West Texas A&M University.
The President says, “Mocking or objectifying in any way members of any group based on appearance, bias or predisposition is unacceptable.”
“A harmless drag show? Not possible. I will not appear to condone the diminishment of any group at the expense of impertinent gestures toward another group for any reason, even when the law of the land appears to require it. Supporting The Trevor Project is a good idea,” said the release by WT President Walter Wendler. “My recommendation is to skip the show and send the dough.”
Others find his email bigoted.
“He has a very misconstrued perception of what drag is as a culture as a performance art. And we consider his comments to be rather abhorent,” says K Klein, secretary of spectrum and student at WT.
WT President Walter Wendler ends the release with, ”Offering respect, not ridicule, is the order of the day for fair play and is the WT way. And equally important, it is the West Texas way.”
We will continue to provide updates on this story.
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