- A Phoenix drag queen says he was pals with Kari Lake, a Republican working for Arizona governor.
- Richard Stevens mentioned he carried out in drag in entrance of Lake’s daughter, who was 9 or 10 on the time.
- Lake’s marketing campaign mentioned Stevens claims have been “stuffed with lies” however mentioned her daughter did see a Marilyn Monroe impersonator carry out.
A preferred Phoenix drag queen known as out Kari Lake, the Trump-endorsed Republican candidate for governor in Arizona, over her feedback about drag queens.
Richard Stevens, who has carried out as drag queen Barbra Seville for many years, mentioned in a Fb publish on Friday he and Lake was pals however her latest feedback on drag queens confirmed she was a “full hypocrite.”
He included a number of images of him and Lake and wrote: “I’ve carried out for Kari’s birthday, I’ve carried out in her house (with kids current,) and I’ve carried out for her at a few of the seediest bars in Phoenix.”
In a textual content trade with Insider, Stevens mentioned he carried out as Marilyn Monroe in entrance of Lake’s daughter, who was round 9 or 10 on the time, and once more mentioned he carried out inside Lake’s house.
“I spoke up as a result of her alarming rise to energy beneath these new ‘views’ are scary and may result in actual hurt to me and different marginalized folks,” Stevens mentioned.
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He spoke out after Lake waded into the most recent goal of conservative outrage: youngsters being uncovered to tug queens. He included a screenshot of a tweet Lake had despatched hours prior.
“They kicked God out of faculties and welcomed the Drag Queens. They took down our Flag and changed it with a rainbow,” she wrote. “They search to disarm Individuals and militarize our Enemies. Let’s carry again the fundamentals: God, Weapons & Glory.”
On June 4, Lake’s marketing campaign additionally tweeted condemning drag queens. The account retweeted a video that confirmed a drag queen performing in entrance of youngsters in Texas and added: “That is grooming. That is youngster abuse. Perhaps that is acceptable in Dallas, Texas. But it surely is not going to be tolerated in a @KariLake-led Arizona.”
Lake didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s requests for remark.
In an announcement offered to KPNX reporter Brahm Resnik, Lake’s marketing campaign mentioned Stevens’ claims have been “stuffed with lies.”
“The occasion in query was a celebration at another person’s home, and the performer was there as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator. It wasn’t a drag present, and the difficulty we’re speaking about is not adults attending drag exhibits, both. The problem is activists sexualizing younger kids, and that is acquired to cease,” the assertion mentioned.
Lake’s marketing campaign informed The Arizona Republic Lake “is pursuing authorized motion and anybody that prints these lies needs to be ready for a authorized struggle as effectively.” The outlet additionally reported the marketing campaign appeared to distinguish between a drag present and a person dressed up as a girl as an impersonation.
When talking to The Arizona Republic, Stevens acquired emotional when discussing Lake’s friendship.
“Kari contacted me after my mother and father died,” he mentioned. “It meant the world to me, it actually meant the world to me. So to see her simply throw me beneath the bus for a vote, that is why I needed to say one thing.”
In December 2014, Lake posted a photograph on Instagram of her and Stevens wearing drag, together with the caption: “Half of what I learn about make-up I realized from watching pals like @barbraseville.”