AceShowbiz - Lizzo has publicly embraced drag queens. In retaliation for Tennessee's new law that banned "adult cabaret entertainment," the "About Damn Time" hitmaker came up with a daring way to challenge it as she declared that she aimed to create a "safe space."
On Friday, April 21 during "The Special 2our" concert at Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, the 34-year-old took time to invite drag performers to join her onstage. She then explained to concertgoers. "In light of recent and tragic events and current events, I was told by people on the internet, 'Cancel your shows in Tennessee,' 'Don't go to Tennessee,' " she said.
The "Truth Hurts" songstress went on to elaborate, "Their reason was valid, but why would I not come to the people who need to hear this message the most? … Why would I not create a safe space in Tennessee where we can celebrate drag entertainers and celebrate our differences?"
Lizzo additionally gave a shout out to the Tennesseans by saying, "What people in Tennessee are doing is giving hope, so thank you so much for standing up for your rights, protecting each other and holding the people accountable who should be protecting us."
In the wake of her Knoxville show, the "Good as Hell" singer took to Instagram to share a clip documenting her rousing speech. Along with the video, she simply penned, "Knoxville you have my heart. Thank you for creating a safe space with me."
Lizzo also shared a slew of photos capturing her with the drag queens in another Instagram post. She thanked them by writing in the caption. "I WANNA TAKE THE TIME AND THANK EACH & EVERY ONE OF THESE INCREDIBLE ENTERTAINERS," she wrote before tagging each of the performers which included those who have competed on "RuPaul's Drag Race".
Lizzo's performance with the drag queens came weeks after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed the new law, which is commonly known as the Tennessee drag ban. It prohibits "adult cabaret entertainment," which is defined as "topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dancers, strippers, male or female impersonators," on public property or in places where it might be watched by children.