Both drag shows–ranging from children to dogs to story hours–and Sweden’s darkly comedic government antics have enjoyed time in the spotlight, drawing negative attention.
Sweden’s soft judicial system has gained plenty of notoriety in recent years for punishing spikes in an array of crimes.
Now, it has been revealed that a Swedish State Agency will be diverting funds from dead citizens to drag shows in order to promote, “LGBT issues, diversity, and equality.”
The Swedish Inheritance Fund, which manages the money of those who have died with no apparent heirs, has decided to allot some funds–1,710,500 Swedish Krona or $177,774–to to the MUMS Cultural Association in Stockholm to “develop available normative creative fairy tales in the form of feature shows,” according to Breitbart News.
The shows in question will involve the group Among Dragons and Drag Queens, which will create “new fairy tales” to whichever group is being targetted at the time. The project will also involve “drag show workshops” in which participants will be able to perform their own drag shows with the project to be presented at local libraries.
the MUMS cultural association describes itself as “a politically independent association that wants to broaden the cultural offerings in Sweden with a special aim to work for LGBT issues, diversity, and equality”.
At the end of last month, MUMS gave a drag show to recently arrived migrants and their children.
Although the bulk of attendees couldn’t speak Swedish, communication between performers and audiences was made through actions and bright colors.
According to a press release:
“It was a little extra magical since most of the children could not speak Swedish. With the help of colours, glitter, costume transformations, and repetition of the words, all the children could follow the stories.”
In America, controversy has brewed over the drag story hour events leading to polarized debate.
Some performers have included acts which some have viewed as unsuitable for their young audiences such as ‘stripping,’ close contact, and questionable dress codes.