May 27, 2021

PBS kids show spotlights drag queen reading segment

Drag queen and author Little Miss Hot Mess recently appeared on the PBS kids show “Let’s Learn.” The public television series is in partnership by PBS station WNET and the NYC Department of Education.

“Let’s Learn helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning,” a tag on the PBS website said. “One-hour programs feature instruction by educators and virtual field trips.”

Little Miss Hot Mess is also reportedly a founding members of Drag Queen Story Hour. The organization hosts events throughout the nation with drag queens reading to children at public libraries and schools.

"I am a drag queen and a children's book author," Little Miss Hot Mess begins. "You may be wondering to yourself: 'What on earth is a drag queen?'"

Clad in glittery make-up, a full wig and sequin dress, this maybe the first time viewers learn about drag queens. Additionally, the host described drag queens as "everyday people who like to play pretend and dress up as often as we can." Also mentioning drag queens "also are leaders in our community, and if you ask me: we make pretty good role models."

Later, she even introduces and performs her book, 'The Hips On the Drag Queen Go Swish Swish Swish."

Drag queen Little Miss Hot Mess reads her book to "Let's Learn" PBS show viewers. (Image: PBS.org)

It is intended to sing along to the song “The Wheels on the Bus,” Lil Miss Hot Mess said. Meanwhile, kids will enjoy zany drag characters like “Stinkerbelle,”“Cinderfella,” and “Pina-Buttah-Gelee."

In short, the story follows a drag queen performing her routine for an excited audience.

"I wrote this book because I wanted everyone to get to experience the magic of drag and to get a little practice shaking their hips or shimmying their shoulders to know how we can feel fabulous inside of our own bodies."

"Being a drag queen is about being bold, shining bright, and showing a little bit of bravery, the host said. "Being willing to step outside the box and to dance to our own beat sometimes."

After that, the author admits, "I think we might have some drag queens in training on our hands."


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