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Recently a drag brunch slated for a restaurant near the West Virginia city of Wheeling was cancelled due to threats against the venue, performers and patrons.
I guess the local bigots like to be thorough.
Then, in a Hollywood-worthy twist, a mixed martial arts coach in Wheeling volunteered his fighters and himself to provide security should the event be rescheduled.
"The drag show is no more offensive than a Broadway show, or a stand-up comedy show. In essence, it'a a mix of both. At the end of the day, it is entertainment. Not part of some hidden agenda, like some would have you believe," said Johnny Haught to local media.
That quote delivers a roundhouse to the stereotype of West Virginian men as being hillbillies and MMA fighters as being lunkheads.
And there's more. On Facebook, Haught wrote of an anonymous voicemail he received that said, "You should be in that drag show young lady."
"The man on my voice-mail paid me the greatest compliment,” Haught stated. “Unfortunately, while I have tremendous legs and ass, I don’t have the makeup skills to be in a drag show."
He's funny, protective and has great body parts. Haught might be enduring harassment, but he can take comfort that to many a straight woman and gay man, he sounds like his state—"almost heaven."