Teen Vogue recently stopped publishing a physical magazine thanks to sagging sales – no doubt driven by their headlong leap into progressive politics – but that hasn’t kept them from pursuing the same extremist agenda in their online format. Last week, the teen fashion magazine decided to highlight a great champion of individualism: Nemis Quinn Melancon Golden, a drag queen who uses the stage name “Queen Lactatia” to perform for Montreal audiences.
Of course, this particular drag queen has something special to recommend him for a feature story in Teen Vogue: He’s only nine years old.
“When he was seven, this pint-size boy — who had a habit of wearing his sister’s tutus and princess costumes when he was two — officially transformed into a queen called Lactatia,” gushes the magazine. “Now he’s a miniature fixture on the Montreal drag scene.”
“I was always a drag queen, but I never knew it until my sister showed me RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Nemis told Teen Vogue.
This isn’t the first time the media spotlight has taken notice of the young drag star. Last summer, Golden appeared in articles in the Montreal Gazette and the gay lifestyle website, The Advocate. He was even featured in a Vice News video, which loudly proclaimed that the boy didn’t care about “his haters.”
From the Gazette feature:
Lactatia’s mother does his makeup and signed him up for voguing classes — a type of dancing that imitates the style of a model on a catwalk and is popular among drag queens.
Lactatia’s message: Celebrate your individuality.
“I think that anyone can do what they want in life; it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks,” he says in the video.
“If you want to be a drag queen and your parents don’t let you, you need new parents. If you want to be a drag queen and your friends don’t let you, you need new friends.”
Not sure it’s as easy as Golden thanks to get “new parents,” but we don’t blame him for getting his messages mixed up. If we’d grown up with parents who encouraged us to dress in girls’ clothing, parade around the stage, and name ourselves after the act of breastfeeding, we doubt we’d have much common sense to share with the world. Hell, we were raised quite well and we’re not sure we had much of importance to say at the age of nine. We don’t think we’re going too far out on a limb to say that 9-year-olds have little value to add to cultural conversation, but maybe you’ll disagree.
It’s disturbing enough that this child’s mother is allowing her son to parade around in sexy women’s clothing for the gratification of perverted audiences, but it’s even more disturbing that gay and mainstream reporters can’t even bring themselves to QUESTION it. If it’s gay and progressive, it must be fine. And these are the same people who think it’s ridiculous when conservatives start talking about the slippery slope effect.
Is there any end to this insanity?