‘Drag Race’ Queens Join Plea To Junk Anti-Terrorism Bill
RuPaul's Drag Race queens are speaking up against the Philippines' controversial anti-terrorism bill, which the United Nations has recently dubbed "problematic" as it "dilutes human rights safeguards and broadens the definition of terrorism."
First to lend her voice and influence was Season 10 winner Aquaria. The American drag queen shared a link on her Twitter account to a page that consolidates information, petitions, donations and more about the proposed measure. She captioned it with the hashtags #JunkTerrorBill and #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW.
Filipino drag queens soon followed suit. Manila Luzon retweeted Aquaria and wrote "Protect Freedom in the Philippines." Meanwhile, Ongina thanked Aquaria for bringing the petition to her attention. "I am only now learning about the #JunkTerrorBill and I stand w my kababayans that #ActivismIsNotTerrorism. Thank you kaibigans for educating me," her tweet reads.
Vivienne Pinay and Rock M Sakura also joined in on the calls to junk the anti-terror bill, sharing artcards to provide more information about the proposed bill and why many are against its passage into law.
Philippines let your voices be heard through sharing and protest. The #JunkTerrorBill is anti human rights. Your freedom of expression, right to assemble, and safety are invaluable. Contact your congressmen and women to vote no https://t.co/rItA1L8FhK— Michael Pinay (@ViviennePinay) June 4, 2020
The national government earlier assured that the anti-terror bill won't suppress free speech as many fear. "We established jurisprudence on freedom of expression and the only way that government can curtail freedom of expression is if there is a clear and present danger that the State has a right to prevent," said Palace spokesman Harry Roque on ANC’s Headstart. (via ABS-CBN News)