We live in a permissive age, but even in 2019 some limits remain intact. Enter ‘Desmond is Amazing’, a 12-year-old New York boy whose appearances at gay pride parades – and even at strip clubs, where he danced for the attention and dollars of grown men – has landed him spots on television and fawning coverage in the pink press.
“Desmond Is Amazing is the future and we're here for it,” declared media news site Mashable on Sunday, tweeting a video featuring Desmond describing visiting drag clubs at five years of age, and telling “haters” to “just go away.”
However, nobody else was “here for it.” Comments poured in, almost universally negative.
“This child is being exploited while his life is being destroyed,” one commenter wrote. “Itis incredibly sad to see.”
“Good to know you love child abuse”tweeted conservative pundit Sara Gonzalez, while fellow right-wing commentator Mark Dice simply replied“vomit.” Even former fans of Mashable saw the video as a step too far.
To be fair, Desmond’s schtick is just the tip of the iceberg, in an age when transgender advocates support administering hormone-blocking drugs to prepubescent children and preteen girls lead leather-clad fetish fans through the streets in pride parades.
Desmond can be “amazing” as he wants, and as his parents allow. However, judging by the one-sided debate on Twitter, most Americans definitely don’t see drag and sexualization as the “future” for their children, no matter what liberal media outlets like Mashable say.
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