Converse shoe company is facing backlash for partnering with an 11-year-old drag queen named Desmond Napoles.
Converse tweeted that it is “partnering with 6 individuals connected to the LGBTQ+ community who show the power of expressing one’s true self.”
We're happy to launch our Pride Collection, partnering with six individuals connected to the LGBTQ+ community who show the power of expressing one's true self. Contributions are supporting @ItGetsBetter @OutMetroWest & @FenwayHealth. https://t.co/N7VTHLhf98 pic.twitter.com/ip2GGhtCE9
— Converse (@Converse) May 6, 2019
Many people on Twitter said they will no longer be purchasing Converse shoes.
Never never never ever going to buy #converse No thanks!
— Victoria✝️ MAGA ❤️🇺🇸 (@LuziVeeLuVxoxox) May 8, 2019
One of these 6 individuals is Desmond Napoles, an 11-year-old ‘drag queen.’
Desmond’s bio on the Converse website describes him as a “drag kid/LGBTQ+ advocate.”
The 11-year-old drag queen has been a favorite star of the mainstream media.
In November 2018, Desmond appeared on ‘Good Morning America.’ Desmond wore a wig, high heels, dress, and makeup while the audience cheered.
Desmond was also filmed dancing at a gay night club called ‘3 Dollar Bill.’
People threw dollar bills at the 11-year-old boy while he was on stage.
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