The mum of a nine-year-old boy has been criticised by other parents for allowing him to become a drag queen at the age of seven.
Nemis Quinn Golden first started adopting the female alter ego, Lactatia, after becoming hooked on the TV series ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’
While his age prevents him from performing in adult drag shows, Nemis has starred in benefit shows as Lactatia and will soon head to Mexico for the Man Drag Ora Festival.
During an appearance on ‘This Morning’, mum Jessica said she supports her son’s passion “100 per cent”, even helping him apply his make-up.
“I thought it was the most fantastic thing, because drag in general is super creative – you have music, there’s lip-syncing, there’s dance, there’s make-up, there’s costumes,” the Montreal-based mum explained via video link.
Jessica went on to urge other parents to encourage their children to pursue their passions, no matter what they might be.
“I think it’s extremely important to allow your children to really tap into their creative side, encourage and foster that independent spirit and being an individual,” she continued.
But after appearing on the daytime programme, Jessica was criticised by parents for allowing her son to take part in what is often considered adult entertainment, with some going as far as accusing the mother of “sexualising” her son.
“Disgusting that children that young are being sexualised by their parents, it’s not right! #ThisMorning,” one viewer tweeted.
“#thismorning Can we see more children express themselves sexually while their thick parents clap like apes from the sidelines? #dragqueen,” another added.
“This is only being encouraged by the mother for her own strange gratification! #ThisMorning,” another viewer tweeted.
But not everyone thought that allowing Nemis to be a drag queen was wrong.
“Well I love that little boy, fair play to parents for allowing him to be himself! #Lactacia #YoungDragQueen #ThisMorning,” one user wrote.
“Boys should be allowed do whatever they f***ing want as long as they’re not hurting anyone (which Lactacia is not) #ThisMorning,” another added.
Others weren’t against the principle of allowing a child to be a drag queen, but thought there was a danger of taking it too far.
“#ThisMorning I don’t think there’s anything wrong with him being a drag queen, but it’s wrong to exploit it for fame like the Mom is!!!” one viewer wrote.
Despite the backlash Nemis has no plans to give up his alter ego any time soon, telling the show presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that he plans on being a drag queen “forever”.
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