Oklahoma Lawmakers Calling for OU President to be Fired After ‘Crimson & Queens’ Drag Show That Cost’s Thousands of Dollars
KOKH - May 5, 2023 6:53 am
NORMAN (KOKH) — Some state lawmakers are calling for the President of the University of Oklahoma to be fired after an OCPA report that the University held a drag show that paid their headliner $18,000.
State Rep. JJ Humphrey R-Lane, says he is shocked about the amount paid to the headliner of the Crimson & Queens drag show.
Humphrey says this is another example of the University pushing an agenda.
“So for the President to allow this kind of action should be instant grounds for termination,” he said, “I’m gonna call on other legislators, I’m calling on the governor. Let’s fire him today.”
Crimson & Queens is an annual drag show at The University of Oklahoma, and according to the University’s website, it provides a platform for OU students and other local performers to showcase their art and increase visibility for the local LGBTQ+ community.
“To my understanding that OU has become basically internationally known that this is the largest drag queen event in the state of Oklahoma, that this is a nationally highly respected event for drag queens,” said Representative Humphrey. “The school seems to have lost their moral compass and they’re pushing a woke and perverted agenda.”
This year’s show included headliner Yvie Oddly, and according to an open records request obtained by OCPA, she was paid $18,000 for her performance.
“So my question is, why are we spending $18,000 of the OU money, educational money, they could go to scholarships, could go to research, cancer research, these kinds of things that a school should be doing other research for the betterment of all people, instead OU president decides he wants to fund $18,000 For a person,” Humphrey said.
According to the open records request received by OCPA, the funds used for the event were from the distributed student activity fees, and no state appropriations or student tuition were used.
“I’ve had people say, Well, this is not state funds, well, it is they’re using student fees,” said Humphrey, “So if they use those student fees for something like this, those fees could have been used for something else which we could have saved our money,”
OU sent us this statement regarding the issue:
The University of Oklahoma embraces our commitment to ensuring diverse voices and beliefs are represented across all OU campuses. We believe diversity and inclusion are key components of making our university a place of excellence, openness, and learning. The university also believes in the right to free expression, preserved in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These beliefs are critical to who we are and what we aspire to be as a university community.
OU hosted a Fill The Stadium Christian worship event at the Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium on Saturday, and the University tells Fox 25 that the group who organized the event paid for all costs affiliated with the production, here is the full statement they sent regarding the ‘Fill the Stadium’ event:
As with all events held on OU property, the event providers are subject to the university’s policies and contractual obligations for leasing venue space on the OU campus, and are responsible for all costs affiliated with the production, including security, venue fees and other costs related to the operation of the stadium.