MMA fighters offer to defend drag queens against ‘homophobic trolls’

After trolls sent death threats to performers in a planned drag show in West Virginia, cage-fighter Johnny Haught has announced that anyone who wants a fight knows where to find him.

The show was scheduled to take place at the Primanti Brothers restaurant in Wheeling, West Virginia on February 26, but was cancelled at the last minute after a flurry of anonymous threats directed at performers and would-be audience members.

Johnny, who owns an Martial Arts School in the area, Ohio Valley MMA, said he’d happily show up to offer security if producers S&S Productions wanted to reschedule the show.

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He told local news station WTRF: “The drag show is no more offensive than a Broadway show, or a stand-up comedy show. In essence, it’s a mix of both”.

“At the end of the day,” he added, “it is entertainment. Not part of some hidden agenda, like some would have you believe.”

In recent years there has been increasing hostility to drag shows in the US, especially shows intended for younger or more mainstream audiences.

The US-based Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD] says that there were over 140 protests or attacks on drag shows across the country last year.

But Johnny says, at least in his local area, there are people ready to stand up for the LGBQ+ community.

He says that one of the homophobic trolls left him a voicemail on Thursday, but appeared to not fully understand what he was talking about: “The man on my voice-mail paid me the greatest compliment,” Johnny wrote on Facebook.

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“Unfortunately," he added, "while I have tremendous legs and ass, I don’t have the makeup skills to be in a drag show.”

In the same post, Johnny gave the exact address of his MMA academy.

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“I’m not afraid to stand up to people, and I train to fight people all day, every day, so if somebody really wants to attack somebody, let them attack me instead,” he said. “Don’t attack the drag queens.”

It’s not yet clear when or where the event will be rescheduled.: “We hope in the near future we can try to bring another brunch to the area,” S&S Productions wrote.

“We were only 2 tables away from a fabulous sold-out event so we know y’all want us there!”


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