Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a drag group notorious for parodying Catholic iconography, has been re-invited despite public outcry
Thousands of demonstrators led by US religious group Catholics for Catholics reportedly blocked the entrance to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday night in protest of drag group Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence winning a prestigious local award, leading to hyped event numbers rare.
At least 2,000 demonstrators gathered outside the main entrance late Friday afternoon, forcing police and security to close public access to the facility, local media reported. Videos posted on social media showed seats in the stadium nearly empty as the emcee announced the flamboyant performers had received the baseball team’s Community Hero Award.
Some viewers could be heard booing loudly, as drag queens are known for their theatrical riffs on Christian ceremonies and superstitious versions of nuns’ habits and other religious attire.
Waving signs that read, “play football not politics” and”jesus is kingthe number of protesters appeared to far outnumber the spectators in the stadium, a visual effect hailed by conservatives as “wake up broke’” This axiom has haunted once-popular brands like Bud Light and Target when they dabble in performative progressive politics. Even former Trump strategist Steve Bannon took to his social media accounts of the incident. For trade-offs, describe this scenario as “Empty stadiums greet anti-Catholic perversions“
Faced with a political backlash, the Dodgers reversed course by canceling the invitation to the sisters’ 10th annual Pride Night celebration, angering individuals on both sides of the divisive issue. They rescinded invitations to the troupe last month after outcry from religious groups, clergymen and politicians across the country, but less than a week later faced equally strong outcry from LGBTQ advocates and civil rights groups, They reversed their decision again and publicly apologized to the group.
sisters, a self-described “Frontier Order for Gay and Transgender Nuns” whose motto is “go out and commit more crimesfounded in San Francisco in 1979, claimed to promote human rights, community service and spiritual enlightenment. However, many religious and political groups took a pessimistic view of their performances, which included Pole Dancing Jesus and “crafty maryBeauty pageants exist alongside more typical drag contests, which others consider blasphemous.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez condemned the baseball team’s decision to welcome the troupe into the community center during Friday Mass, while a radio ad funded by the Catholic League is believed to have drawn more protesters to Friday’s rally demonstrations, which were billed as a non-violent, non-political “prayer procession“Sponsor.
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