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Homophobes Raise Stink About Drag Show in Wisconsin So Dan Savage Ensures it Sells Out: VIDEO


The University of Wisconsin Fox Valley is holding a drag show tonight featuring Shangela from RuPaul's Drag Race and local homophobes are raising a major stink about it, John Becker reports.

So much so that their bigotry is getting covered by the local news.

When Becker posted about it on Facebook it caught the attention of Dan Savage, who reportedly helped the show sell out by purchasing all the remaining tickets and donate them to the school to give away to students and community members.

Watch the local news report on the show, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. What a maroon. Drag is as old as theater itself. The most famous drag show in the US was at Finocchio's and featured female impersonators who mostly claimed to be heterosexual. And people wonder why we consider the Midwest to be the flyover.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 14, 2013 10:21:09 AM

  2. what is UP with North American puritan ninnyhood???

    COME ON! Drag is a great big fun JOKE in the UK. Monty Python anyone? Dame Edna, beloved character played by a married heterosexual man?

    it's DRAG. it's COMEDY. these people are such complete buzzkills, sheeeeesh.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 14, 2013 10:21:33 AM

  3. I wish Milton Berle were around to hit Appling with his purse.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | Mar 14, 2013 10:39:45 AM

  4. I am sure that she has never watched Bugs Bunny or Milton Berle. Jesus, save me from your people.

    Posted by: Guy Johnson | Mar 14, 2013 10:41:25 AM

  5. Little Kiwi, drag has a richer history in the UK, dating back to Shakespeare's time, when all female roles were played by male/boy actors because acting was inappropriate for women.

    Posted by: Peter | Mar 14, 2013 10:46:37 AM

  6. OnKneesforJesus...hehehe

    Posted by: M_Lancaster | Mar 14, 2013 11:28:32 AM

  7. Ha! Do a search on twitter for this woman. It appears that she is a batchelorette who has been living with the same woman for years. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 14, 2013 12:06:00 PM

  8. Michael, et al.,

    It is common knowledge that Ms Appling is unmarried and has shared her home with another woman for decades. While this doesn't prove that the two women have any sexual relationship, it certainly leaves the door open and, to that extent, suggests where Ms Appling's homophobia comes from. At the least, it suggests that Ms Appling has a concern that her house may be glass.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Mar 14, 2013 12:11:45 PM

  9. Go Dan !!

    Posted by: Tre | Mar 14, 2013 1:15:55 PM

  10. We in Philadelphia have the biggest drag show in the country every New Years Day. It's called the Mummers Parade. Thousands of guys, mostly straight, parade up Broad Street in this New Years celebration.

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 14, 2013 5:25:12 PM

  11. The Fox Valley-area has had many drag shows in the past, and Green Bay even has had public performances during our Pride Alive events. Southern Wisconsin social conservatives need to keep to themselves before they embarrass themselves. (Oops, too late.) Please don't let these these crazy people speak for Northeast Wisconsin. I see the Fox Valley as center-left on the political spectrum in regards to social issues.

    Posted by: LeScooterBug | Mar 14, 2013 11:05:50 PM

  12. Maybe she's afraid of being upstaged by some drag queens? Wow..talk about insecure, AND hypocritical.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Mar 15, 2013 3:48:27 AM

  13. Fox Valley, Appleton, Green Bay... we call it the armpit of Wisconsin for a reason.

    Posted by: Ursula | Mar 15, 2013 11:40:10 AM

  14. Please check out the Philadelphia Inquirer local section..March 13, 2013 My grand pop was doing drag back in the 40's. Are we not over this crap yet?? Christ-like my ASS!

    Posted by: billmiller | Mar 15, 2013 6:31:44 PM

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