Tennessee Tech Investigating On-Campus Child Drag Show

After a video depicting children participating in an on-campus drag show was widely shared around the internet, Tennessee Tech University President Phil Oldham said he was offended, and that the school is investigating.

The video was first posted to Twitter by Landon Starbuck, wife of former Tennessee congressional candidate Robby Starbuck.

“Tennessee Tech University hosted a drag show that had little kids handing cash to the drag queen who was performing a dance clearly meant to mock Christians,” she said. “Every parent who pays to send their kids to [Tennessee Tech] deserves to know that this is what they’re allowing on campus.”

Starbuck later encouraged her followers to send a respectful email to Oldham to express their discontent with the event.

Facing pushback, Oldham responded with a lengthy statement:

I am disturbed and dismayed about the activities in a video circulating on social media from a recent event on Tennessee Tech’s campus.

I do not feel the activities in the video represent Tech’s values, and I do not condone explicit activity where minors are present. I also am offended by disparaging mockery toward any religious group.

To be clear, this was not a university sponsored event. No university funds were used. Two registered student groups facilitated the scheduling and promotion of the event. Although registered student organizations have the ability to reserve space on campus, the programming should not include obscene, lewd or explicit activities.

The university is investigating the activities that took place at this event and the circumstances surrounding its scheduling and promotion. As of now, all public events scheduled on campus by these sponsoring organizations are cancelled pending a review.

All students, faculty and staff deserve care and consideration, as well as representation and respect. The investigation focuses on the inappropriate involvement of minors and a review of our policies and procedures.

According to the Catholic News Agency, Catholic League President Bill Donahue wrote to Oldham, noting that the on-campus space where the event was held is, by the university’s description, one for “professionalism.”

“Backstage Playhouse bills itself as an organization that fosters ‘creativity, critical thinking, excellence, and professionalism through the integration of courses, productions, workshops, and other activities,’” Donohue said in the letter. “Why, then, would it be home to an anti-Catholic event?”

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Tennessee Tech” by Tennessee Tech.


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8 Thoughts to “Tennessee Tech Investigating On-Campus Child Drag Show”

  1. Jeff Cuppock

    It’s not just on our campuses, it’s everywhere.


  2. LM

    TN Tech is “investigating”? Really? Looks like to me the show was pretty out in the open. I think the groups hosting it didn’t feel like they had anything to hide at all. So, TN Tech, don’t pretend to be so shocked and clueless about it. You have seen this kind of stuff coming to college campuses everywhere for a long time. It’s just that now , you can’t have a milquetoast stance about it anymore, now that the woke agenda has been thrown in your faces in front of the public.

  3. mike

    But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

    1. Unreconstructed Southerner

      Thank you

  4. nicky wicks

    if this were UTK the president would have already sent out a message of support for all anti-christian drag shows across america.


    TTU has been leaning toward a liberal point of view for some time. Association with Al Sharpton is a classic example. It has been a disappointment to see a TN college going down th3e tubes
    Rodger Eyman

    1. Laura Colon

      BINGO they will shut it down sooner than later like many smaller colleges in the US

  6. Semi-MAGA

    The Left loves drag shows, but OH H*LL NO! on a Hillsdale College presentation.