A photograph showing a horned drag queen reading a picture book to children at a Long Beach public library event is one of the latest images to generate controversy.
The person shown in the image is Xochi Mochi, who posted the photo on her Instagram account on Saturday afternoon, the same day Long Beach Public Library’s online calendar shows an event called Drag Queen Story Hour was scheduled to have taken place at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library in North Long Beach.
Commentators in conservative news and social media have since attacked Xochi Mochi’s appearance. World Net Daily on Monday published an article headlined “drag-queen demon reads to kids at Michelle Obama library.” The American Conservative ran a post Tuesday under the words “Children’s story time in Weimer America,” a likely reference to the anything-goes culture prevailing in interwar Germany before the rise of the Nazi Party.
Long Beach Library Services Director Glenda Williams said Tuesday that the city had not hosted a Drag Queen Story Hour prior to this past Saturday’s event. She didn’t say explicitly whether another event of that nature may take place at a Long Beach library branch in the future.
“It’s so important to have representation and normalize all the letters in LGBTQIA+ in everyday lives,” she wrote on Instagram. “I saw so many excited faces it filled my heart with so much joy and hope to come back again soon!”
On Instagram, Xochi Mochi describes herself not as a demon, but as a “Los Angeles based Killer Klown from Outer Space.” That’s a reference to a comedic 1988 movie in which the titular Killer Klowns invade an American town.
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