And you wonder why countries like China and Russia no longer fear, let alone respect, the military of the United States.
Daily Caller Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale introduced legislation Monday evening that prohibits the Department of Defense (DOD) from paying for, hosting or supporting adult cabaret performances for children.
The bill, which defines an “adult cabaret performance” as a performance that features topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dances, strippers or male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to prurient interest.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has said the DOD does not support or fund the shows, but Military.com reported that Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada had planned to host an all ages drag show June 1.
A Defense Department-wide prohibition on drag shows on military bases has resulted in the cancellation of at least two events that were planned for Pride Month and previously approved by base officials, two defense officials confirmed to Military.com.
Shows at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Ramstein Air Base in Germany scheduled for this month were canceled, participants and defense officials confirmed.
The show at Nellis, the cancellation of which was first reported by NBC News, drew intense criticism from GOP politicians in recent weeks, including a letter conservative firebrand Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., sent to Austin calling the event an “outright attack on children.” While a drag event at Ramstein last year faced similar attacks, the event this year had flown under the radar and the base’s LGBT community had been eagerly anticipating a celebratory Pride Month.
Rosendale previously sent letters to Austin regarding a “Drag Story Time” even theld June 30, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, which is in Rosendale’s district.
“Anything that does not help our troops be the most effective fighting force on earth is a distraction and a waste of resources,” Rosendale told the Caller before introducing the legislation. (RELATED: All Ages Drag Show Hosted At Air Force Base Despite Defense Secretary’s Assurances)
The legislation has seven Republican cosponsors: Tennessee Rep. Diana Harshbarger, Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, Oklahoma Rep. Josh Brecheen, Wyoming Rep. Harriet Hageman, Florida Rep. Bill Posey and North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: GOP Rep Presses Pentagon On Sailor’s ‘Explicit’ Performances After Austin Denied Supporting Drag Shows)