REVEALED: Drag Queen banned by London’s National Theatre after joking that children should be taught to ‘open their LEGS’ during X-rated act in front of ‘disgusted’ mothers and babies
- Parents condemned the comments made at the drag show as ‘inappropriate’
- The comments were made by a drag queen known as Sharon Le Grand
- River Stage festival was described as having ‘activities for the whole family’
- The National Theatre has said the act will not be performing at future events
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A drag queen has been banned by the National Theatre from performing again at a family-friendly festival for making a sexually explicit joke about children in front of a horrified young audience.
Ms Sharon Le Grand was performing to a crowd at the free River Stage festival in South London when she started speaking about inclusivity.
The drag queen told the audience: ‘We need to teach our children to open their hearts, teach our children to open their minds… and to teach our children to open their legs.’
Parents watching the show said they were ‘disgusted’ at the punchline, which they claimed ‘was said with the same tone as if it was a risque joke’.
Ms Sharon Le Grand (pictured) said children should be taught to ‘open their minds, open their hearts and open their legs’ before drag acts took their clothes off as part of the show in South London
A Drag Show at South Bank outside The National Theatre on June 16 – one of a number of performances on the day the controversial comments were made
(Stock Image) The National Theatre said Sharon Le Grand would not be returning to the River Stage festival
One wrote on the Mumsnet internet forum that ‘lots of babies and children were there’.
They said the drag show was: ‘Fine in a club, not at a festival literally targeted as being good for families. Sexualising children in that way is all shades of wrong.’
Le Grand performed between 6pm and 7pm on Saturday at the festival outside The National Theatre.
River Stage is open to anyone passing by on the Thames riverside promenade, with deckchairs set up to encourage people to watch.
The festival’s website says it features ‘performances from drag artists, dance performances, livestreamed theatre and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy’.
Le Grand has since been found to have breached the festival’s guidelines and been banned.
A spokesperson for The National Theatre said: ‘The National Theatre’s River Stage festival includes a wide range of free performances and activities across five weekends – from dance workshops to DJs, striving to foster an atmosphere of positivity and inclusivity.
‘Many events are suitable for all ages, and the National Theatre works with programming partners to ensure acts are scheduled for the most appropriate time of day.
‘The National Theatre is aware that a comment, which goes against the festival’s content and performance guidelines, was made on stage during the first weekend of the festival; the performer will not appear again at the River Stage.’
Le Grand was approached for comment.