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Protest against Evans drag show is a no-show

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A drag performance at Evans restaurant Stay Social Tap and Table has sparked some controversy in Columbia County.

“Drag Me to Dinner” is a show featuring local drag performers, scheduled Wednesday evening and slated as an all-ages show.

Stay Social Tap + Table. Staff photo by Skyler Q. Andre...

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  1. I think that the parents, or whoever started this action against the “show”, really just wanted to impress upon the board of education to not allow any of these “Drag Queen Story Times” we’ve all seen in the news lately into the schools. Personally, I think it’d be political suicide for any of the school board members to allow that to happen.
    As far as this thing goes, to each his own, but I have absolutely no interest in the show or the restaurant.

  2. If parents choose to expose their children to this type stuff no amount of protest will stop them. They’ll do it in their own homes or elsewhere. Ignore them and raise your own in your value system may work best.

  3. The owner’s mistake was advertising this as family friendly, which implies ‘bring the kids.” If she had just said 18 and over, something like that, this would have just been another show.

    • Agreed, I am of the opinion that the “all ages welcome” was in effort to circumvent the current Columbia County ordinances. Had it been “adults” only… in conjunction with how other performances by the Host’s performers have performed, would it not have been an “adult establishment” event? All you have to do is check out the Richmond County establishments that have hosted “family friendly” drag shows to see the content that is considered family friendly. We may all disagree as to whether it is or not, but I can tell you from what I have seen and my knowledge of the CC ordinances… if what has occurred in RC at “Family Friendly” or “all ages welcome” events also occurred in Columbia County, it would meet the requirements as an “adult establishment”. That would be a game changer…. hence, again in my opinion why the hosts’ are marketing as “All Ages Welcome”…. ingenious marketing plan! And for the record, I do not care if it is a bi, trans, hetero, homosexual, or drag queen… I do not consider any person 1/2 dressed dancing on a table provocatively “family friendly”.

  4. As the old saying goes, all publicity is good publicity. The amount of buzz this generated in the media caused them to add a second show that immediately sold out. This business was featured as the lead in news story on all 3 major local news channels. Imagine how much that amount of airtime would cost in commercials. In any case if they follow the rules this shouldn’t even be an issue.

  5. I think some people misread this. The article said the event was advertised as “all-ages” which is quite different from “family-friendly.” I grew up in Athens, GA, and I used to LOVE going to drag shows as a teenager, but they definitely weren’t what I’d call family friendly! I think it’s great that in an uber-conservative county, the event was open to teenagers and adults who may be unable to be their authentic selves in other public settings. Too bad I wasn’t able to get a ticket!

  6. The language was intended to skirt the law on adult entertainment. I’m pissed that the taxpayers helped fund it through the seed money from the county intended to help the business. If she wants to promote what I consider to be un-family friendly events, do it on her own dime.

  7. I guess the only way to fight it is by boycotting the sponsors. Of all the MANY sponsors they have, I contacted the only one I use: Marcos Pizza. They seemed surprised about it. This was their response (verbatim, with spelling and punctuation errors):
    “We will be contacting them we were a former partner of market house reality so were are mentioned after it reads ‘many thanks to our current, FORMER, and future sponsors’. We have absolutely nothing to do with this event. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.”
    I guess I can still enjoy eating Marcos Pizza.

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