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Lizzo protests the Tennessee drag ban and invites drag queens to the stage in Knoxville.

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Lizzo does her part on Tennessee’s drag show ban by inviting drag queens to the Knoxville concert stage.

Last month, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed legislation banning “adult cabaret” performers from performing in public and/or in the presence of children. The controversial bill defines “male or female impersonators” as a broad term for drag queens.

Known for her outspoken support for self-love on the show of body positivity and resistance, Lizzo enlisted Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Asia O’Neal of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” to appear alongside Thompson on her show. Did. Hara and Candy Saraswati. Friday’s bowling alley.

The rapper, singer and flautist, an outspoken ally of the LGBTQ+ community, shared a video of the moment with his 13.4 million Instagram followers, featuring “beautiful drag queens who showed their pride in Tennessee.”

The 34-year-old musician, known for powerful hits like “Truth Hurts,” “Juice” and the ubiquitous track “Good As Hell,” addressed the bill in another video, telling viewers he was against the performance. Warning: given. in Tennessee.

“But why won’t I come to those who most need to hear this message, who most need this salvation?” Rizzo told his fans.

“Why don’t we create a safe space in Tennessee where we can celebrate drag entertainers, celebrate our differences, celebrate fat black women?”

A federal judge in Tennessee temporarily blocked enforcement, saying the ban may be unconstitutional.

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