QAnon promoting Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia became a joke on Twitter again after suggesting someone should be arrested for letting kids near a drag queen.
The whole incident is a strange game of bigot telephone where, as usual, the truth was lost along the way.
It started with Greene's tweet calling for someone to be arrested in response to an inaccurate story.
Someone should be arrested and charged! #SaveTheChildren https://t.co/sFu1daV6DH— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1618846850.0
Greene's tweet was in response to a story about children in a drag club in Los Angeles, being allowed on stage and told to pose for cash.
In the story, a woman shared her disgust, saying she couldn't believe that children were allowed in the club at close to midnight and they were being paraded around with the drag performer. The view switches between the woman and the drag show she's supposedly watching.
Greene's tweet includes the hashtag "#SaveTheChildren", a phrase often used by followers of QAnon. Greene has tried, to little success, to distance herself from the controversial, cult-like movement that also believes things like Jewish space lasers causing wildfires and blood drinking Satan worshipping pedophiles.
The tweet led to people calling out Greene.
@holybullies She’s basically the wicked witch. Someone throw a bucket of water on her.— (((Jew-pendous))) (@(((Jew-pendous))))1618934952.0
Another Republican Pervert making up fantasies to project on queer people... Marjorie Taylor Greene wants a drag qu… https://t.co/7L7FR1Y4sH— IamDallasLyn🏳️🌈 (@IamDallasLyn🏳️🌈)1618936613.0
You're right, Marjie. Someone SHOULD be arrested & charged. What were you up to on Jan 6th & in the days/weeks prio… https://t.co/jckmRlVBSW— Ani Bell (@Ani Bell)1618889962.0
@lgbtqnation @mtgreenee Don't tell her about Pantomime Dames in the UK, she might start a war.— Andy (DdWho) 🇪🇺🏳️🌈🇬🇧🌝💜 (@Andy (DdWho) 🇪🇺🏳️🌈🇬🇧🌝💜)1618867107.0
Cheong is known for reporting on events in the United States, despite living in Malaysia and having no insight into what's going on in the country. This includes a time he falsely claimed a 33-year-old Black man was the prime suspect in the shooting of two police officers, despite having no evidence.
People were very skeptical because of the link.
@Knight2Archer @mtgreenee Ian Miles Cheong, a right-wing “provocateur”, has been criticized for mischaracterizing/s… https://t.co/OKV0R8k3Ys— Hank Rutherford Hill (@Hank Rutherford Hill)1618906749.0
The Post Millennial's article was based on a tweet by an anti-trans comedian, Lindsey Platoshyn, and is sourced from the Instagram of Angela Stanton-King, another far-right QAnon conspiracy theorist, homophobe and transphobe.
Stanton-King was convicted on federal conspiracy charges for her role in a car theft ring, but later received a pardon from former President Donald Trump. She was recently banned from Twitter after continuing bigoted insults against her own transgender daughter.
It's easy to see these sources aren't exactly the most reliable when it comes to drag queens.
Which is probably why people kept making fun of the story.
Oh, FFS. Shut up with your Q BS (that was designed to troll you, btw). These girls are far safer with a Drag Queen… https://t.co/c7GN1I09hJ— Sarah Wood (@Sarah Wood)1618875788.0
@glkg0223 @mtgreenee This looks like a poor imitation of the Muppet show— TruthMatters (@TruthMatters)1618849422.0
@VegasVisions MTG is just jealous that she got out dressed and out classes by a Drag Queen. https://t.co/IfLIppsOjQ— Papinz (@Papinz)1618869697.0
@desmond_amazing @lgbtqnation She is such a racist tramp I wouldn’t even lower to her level— Eric Smith (@Eric Smith)1618948340.0
However, the video does seem to show children being paraded around and told to pose for cash. So did a parent take their children into a Los Angeles club and let their child up on stage?
According to locals in South Beach Florida where it was actually filmed, not Los Angeles, California like the story Greene is pushing claimed, there's a lot missing here. The club is the Palace in Miami, Florida, so we're unsure why Stanton-King mentioned being "in LA" in her video.
The Palace is a famous LGBTQ bar that's been struggling due to the pandemic, but is finding ways to stay open while keeping people safe.
Part of that is outdoor shows, at night on the front patio, where random bystanders can walk up and watch. The video clearly shows the iconic opening of the club, which means they're outside and no children were let into the club, nor were they put on a stage.
Instead, it's suggested it was just a family on vacation who stopped while passing by because it looked fun, and the Queens were accommodating to make sure they enjoyed themselves.
Far more harmless than right-wing bigoted provocateurs would have you believe.
@AwareEsoteric @faedude @mtgreenee This is the Palace in South Beach. It's also outdoors and a restaurant. What yo… https://t.co/Roy3vdhAiQ— Reina 🇵🇷 (@Reina 🇵🇷)1618860822.0
@disclosetv How in the heck is this going on? How in the heck does the person recording the video not know she's is… https://t.co/Z9enJgc4Ne— Marcelo Araujo (@Marcelo Araujo)1618858602.0
@disclosetv This is also an outdoor restaurant and bystanders walk by ALL DAY AND NIGHT, including children. Who w… https://t.co/DjBK3ziF7p— Reina 🇵🇷 (@Reina 🇵🇷)1618860556.0
Greene isn't known for her eloquence or adherence to the truth.
Lately she seems best known for getting dragged online over the things she says and does. She was recently the butt of internet jokes after sharing a CrossFit workout she claimed would protect you from the pandemic.