OPINION BY ANNA JENSEN
The bi-annual Drag Show, performed on Oct. 26, had a constant positive reaction from the audience, but behind the curtain of anonymity, negativity reared its ugly head.
All the money raised at the Drag Show was donated to Iowa Safe Schools, which promotes safe environments for LGBT students in Iowa schools. The problems addressed on the app Yik Yak were not against the organization, but against the expression of drag on a college campus.
On Yik Yak, the show was called “gross” and “disgusting,” along with other degrading comments and profane language. It is presumed from the Yaks that the people who posted these comments were not at the Drag Show, but instead saw Snapchats posted by others who were in attendance.
It is fine to have a strong, negative opinion on drag, but it is one that should more or less be kept to yourself. Hiding behind the anonymity of Yik Yak to say inappropriate and insulting things about people doing something they love is very shallow and unnecessary.
People began to react to these Yaks, commenting by either insulting the original poster, or agreeing with the degrading comments.
The point of the Drag Show was to promote an organization that is working hard to raise money for anti-bullying and to make society a safer place for children to feel comfortable with whom they are.
Whether or not drag is something you wish to watch or even advocate, the point of the show was not about promoting that kind of lifestyle—it is a form of entertainment performed by people who are passionate about what they do, while also donating to a cause in a similar realm.
Student Body President Kevin Maisto shared a picture of one of the Yaks on Facebook and commented that Drake’s campus still has a long way to go to be a safe and accepting community. It is something that students, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be striving for on a college campus.
I was not surprised to see this small war erupt over Yik Yak instead of other types of social media, such as Twitter or Facebook. On Twitter or Facebook, your name is directly linked to your comment. This is not the case on Yik Yak.
If you have something negative to say, a good place to write it down is in a journal, because it can be an outlet for your anger, and your comments won’t hurt the people who are simply doing something they love—and this goes for any type of expression you may disagree with.
As college students, we are being introduced to lifestyles we may not have seen as much in high school. With more freedom comes more individuality, and people have to be prepared to experience things they may not always like.
Drag is something that even I find a little out there, but it is something I support because I find happiness in seeing others happy. The people performing looked like they were truly at their happiest.
Even if you don’t find drag entertaining, that does not make it acceptable to degrade the people who do it. If you feel strongly that something needs to be said, have a little integrity and don’t hide behind a mask when you say it.
I think everyone has a right to his or her opinion, but I am also a firm believer that everyone deserves to be happy, and you shouldn’t put anyone down for doing what he or she loves.