Religious-righters warned that the repeal of the ban on openly gay servicemembers in the U.S. military would bring about all kinds of terrible things. Of course, none of that happened. In fact, the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy seems to have actually helped the military.
Even so, critics continue to scramble for new reasons to complain. Now some are upset that personnel on a U.S. military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa put on a drag show fundraiser last weekend. The right-wing website Newsmax declared the event “the first ‘drag show in the history of the U.S. military.” Tom Pauken, former chairman of the Texas Republican Party, also seems to think the drag show broke new ground:
— Tom Pauken (@TomPauken) March 4, 2014
The “first drag show in the history of the U.S. military”? “Your new U.S. military”? Um… really?
That didn’t count? What about shows with service personnel themselves? Like these soldiers in Korea shortly after the end of World War II:
Needless to say, the Okinawa show was hardly a first. And the U.S. military seems to have survived its earlier drag shows just fine.