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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick take a stand in viral TikTok video

The Footloose star sent a powerful message

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick take a stand in viral TikTok video
Faye James
Senior Editor
25 April 2023
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Just like his character in "Footloose," Kevin Bacon is taking a stand against a ban through dance, this time with his wife,  Kyra Sedgwick

The couple made a splash on TikTok as they danced to Taylor Swift's "Karma" while wearing matching T-shirts with a powerful message.

The 14-second clip shows Bacon and Sedgwick moving to the beat and then revealing their shirts, which read, "Drag is an art and drag is a right."

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Drag bans are bad karma. Right now, drag performers and the LGBTQIA+ community need our help. Tap the link in my bio to shop the #SixDegreesOfKB campaign supporting the @aclu Drag Defense Fund in the nationwide effort to protect creative expression or make a gift. #DragIsARight

♬ Karma - Taylor Swift

 The shirts feature an illustration of a drag performer holding a fan with a mustache and goatee, protesting the growing number of drag bans across the U.S.

The actor captioned the video on Twitter, "#DragBans are bad karma. Right now, drag performers and the LGBTQIA+ community need our help." 

He added that the shirts could be purchased through his nonprofit, supporting the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) drag defense fund. 

The video quickly went viral, amassing 9.9 million views on Twitter and 2.3 million on TikTok.

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According to the ACLU, 469 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced by Republican state lawmakers in the U.S. this year. 

Tennessee became the first state to restrict drag performances in public in March, with a law signed by Republican Governor Bill Lee. 

The law imposes criminal penalties on "a person who engages in an adult cabaret performance on public property," where minors can view it. 

Additionally, Tennessee banned all gender-affirming care for transgender youth.

At least 14 other states, including Arkansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, and Texas, have introduced bills with similar language.

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The couple are not alone in their fight against drag bans. Over the weekend, singer Lizzo invited drag performers on stage during a Knoxville concert as an act of defiance against Tennessee's ban, which has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

Lizzo shared her thoughts on the situation with the audience, "I was told by people on the internet, 'Cancel your shows in Tennessee,' 'Don’t go to Tennessee.' Their reason was valid, but why would I not come to the people who need to hear this message the most? 

“The people who need to feel this release the most? Why would I not create a safe space in Tennessee where we can celebrate drag entertainers?"

She praised Tennesseans for their resilience, saying: "What people in Tennessee are doing is giving hope, so thank you so much for standing up for your rights, protecting each other, and holding the people accountable who should be protecting us."

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