Reba McEntire Stands Up Against Tennessee’s Anti-Drag Law: “God bless ’Em to Wear Those High Heels”!
CNS News–Country music icon Reba McEntire has taken a bold stand against Tennessee’s controversial anti-drag law, voicing her disappointment and advocating for a focus on more pressing societal issues. The new legislation, passed earlier this month, marks Tennessee as the first state to impose restrictions on drag performances, specifically targeting “male or female impersonators” who entertain in a manner appealing to “prurient interest,” and prohibiting such acts on public property or places visible to minors.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, McEntire expressed her frustration, wishing for more attention and resources to be dedicated to critical issues like child homelessness, rather than legislating drag performances. Her statement resonates with the sentiments of the ACLU of Tennessee and other advocates who argue that the law’s true intent is to isolate and criminalize transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
This interpretation gained some legal support when a judge recently issued a temporary injunction against the law. McEntire, emphasizing her apolitical stance and desire to avoid influencing voters, expressed bewilderment at the controversy surrounding support for drag queens.
She called for prioritizing significant national issues over concerns about men dressing as women, highlighting the challenges of wearing high heels and the need for empathy. This law is part of a broader wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Tennessee, including a recent ban on gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth.
In response, a cohort of artists and celebrities, including McEntire, have rallied in support of the LGBTQ+ community. A notable event was the “Love Rising” benefit concert in Nashville, featuring performances by Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Allison Russell, Hozier, Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow, and Hayley Williams.
The concert and other acts of solidarity, such as the indie rock band Yo La Tengo’s members dressing in drag and Madonna’s announcement of a Nashville concert, reflect a growing resistance against these legislative actions.