Drag Queen banned by London’s National Theater after explicit joke about children

REVEALED: Drag Queen banned by London’s National Theater after joking that children should be taught to ‘open their LEGS’ during X-rated act in front of ‘disgusted’ mothers and babies

  • A parent condemned the comments made at the drag show as ‘inappropriate’
  • The comments were made by a drag queen known as Sharon Le Grand
  • River Stage festival was described as having ‘activities for the whole family’
  • The National Theater has said the act will not be performing at future events
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The drag queen banned by the National Theater for making a sex joke about children in front of horrified parents has been revealed.

Ms Sharon Le Grand was performing to a crowd at the free River Stage festival in South London when the performer started speaking about inclusivity.

The drag queen told the audience: ‘We need to teach our children to open their hearts, teach our children to open their minds… and to teach our children to open their legs.’

A parent watching the show said they were ‘disgusted’ at the punchline, which they claimed ‘was said with the same tone as if it was a risque joke’.

MailOnline has contacted Sharon Le Grand for a comment but has yet to receive a response.

Sharon Le Grand is a drag queen, performance artist and Cyndi Lauper impersonator from Liverpool.

The performer has performed in a number of venues across London and has been featured in several magazines including iD and Wonderland.

The drag queen is also available to book for karaoke parties at The Karaoke Hole in East London.

Le Grand has around 8,000 followers on her Instagram account. The account’s description is a two-star Times review of a show the performer appeared in which says: ‘Sharon Le Grand spat venom, flung her handbag high into the balcony and then demanded it back.’

The performer also runs a YouTube channel which features a number of surreal and confusing videos, some with sexual content.

Ms Sharon Le Grand (pictured) said children should be taught to 'open their minds, open their hearts and open their legs' before drag acts took their clothes off as part of the show in South London

Ms Sharon Le Grand (pictured) said children should be taught to ‘open their minds, open their hearts and open their legs’ before drag acts took their clothes off as part of the show in South London

A Drag Show at South Bank outside The National Theater on June 16 - one of a number of performances on the day the controversial comments were made

A Drag Show at South Bank outside The National Theater on June 16 – one of a number of performances on the day the controversial comments were made

(Stock Image) The National Theater said Sharon Le Grand would not be returning to the River Stage festival

(Stock Image) The National Theater said Sharon Le Grand would not be returning to the River Stage festival

The drag star's YouTube channel has a number of surreal, racy and confusing videos

The drag star’s YouTube channel has a number of surreal, racy and confusing videos

As well as her online content, the performer has been in many live shows - including in the West End

As well as her online content, the performer has been in many live shows – including in the West End

One wrote on the Mumsnet internet forum that ‘lots of babies and children were there’.

They said the drag show was: ‘Fine in a club, not at a festival literally targeted as being good for families. Sexualising children in that way is all shades of wrong.’

Le Grand performed between 6pm and 7pm on Saturday at the festival outside The National Theatre.

River Stage is open to anyone passing by on the Thames riverside promenade, with deckchairs set up to encourage people to watch.

The festival’s website says it features ‘performances from drag artists, dance performances, livestreamed theater and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy’.

Le Grand has since been found to have breached the festival’s guidelines and been banned.

A spokesperson for The National Theater said: ‘The National Theatre’s River Stage festival includes a wide range of free performances and activities across five weekends – from dance workshops to DJs, striving to foster an atmosphere of positivity and inclusivity.

‘Many events are suitable for all ages, and the National Theater works with programming partners to ensure acts are scheduled for the most appropriate time of day.

“The National Theater is aware that a comment, which goes against the festival’s content and performance guidelines, was made on stage during the first weekend of the festival; the performer will not appear again at the River Stage.’

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