Megyn Kelly challenges Charlize Theron over drag queens

‘Why don’t you come and f*** me up?’: Megyn Kelly challenges Charlize Theron who played her in 2019 film Bombshell after the Hollywood actress threatened to take down anyone who criticized drag queens

  • Charlize Theron played former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in the 2019 film Bombshell, about sexual harassment within the network
  • Theron, whose adopted seven-year-old son identifies as female, on May 7 addressed a ‘Drag Isn’t Dangerous’ telethon to raise awareness
  • Theron said she would ‘f*** up’ anyone who is ‘trying to f*** with you guys’: On Friday, Kelly replied: ‘Why don’t you come and f*** me up?’ 

Megyn Kelly on Friday challenged actress Charlize Theron – who portrayed her in the 2019 film Bombshell – to ‘come and f*** me up’, after Theron vowed to attack anyone who had issues with drag queens.

Theron, whose adopted seven-year-old son Jackson identifies as female, on May 7 addressed a ‘Drag Isn’t Dangerous’ telethon to lobby against the mass of legislation currently being debated statewide to curtail trans rights.

Theron said she would ‘f*** up’ anyone who is ‘trying to f*** with you guys’. 

On Friday, Kelly replied: ‘Why doesn’t Charlize Theron come and f*** me up?’

Megyn Kelly, pictured on Friday hosting her YouTube show, took issue with Charlize Theron’s support for drag queen shows for children

Actress Charlize Theron said she will ‘f*** up’ anyone who criticizes drag queens at an event opposing the recent rash of laws seeking to prevent children from seeing drag performances

Kelly said she enjoyed attending a drag show in Chicago, but it was for adults.

‘I’m 100 percent against her on this,’ Kelly said.

‘Yes, there are fun drag queen shows – I’ve been to them. When we lived in Chicago I went to one and it was super fun. It was all adults.

‘But there are drag queen shows out there right now that are deeply disturbing, and they are happening in front of young children.’

She said it could ‘include the grooming of young children’.

Kelly added: ‘Even she should be against this, trans kid or not.’

Kelly’s guest, activist Sara Gonzales, who campaigns to end drag shows for children, said she was horrified by ‘the sexualization of children’, and told of attending a drag brunch where a child was present.

‘There was one of the drag queens wearing an incredibly sheer outfit. This is just what is happening,’ said Gonzales.

‘I went there and saw this child being exploited and sexually abused.’

She said the drag queens were ‘infecting their minds’, adding it was ‘disgusting’.

‘All we are doing is asking: please stop doing this in front of children,’ Gonzales said.  

Charlize Theron (left), as Megyn Kelly; Nicole Kidman (center) as Gretchen Carlson; and Margot Robbie (right) as a production assistant

Kelly is seen on Friday with her guests Liz Wolfe (center) and Sara Gonzales (right)

Kelly is seen (left) hosting her show: Theron is seen (right) in Bombshell, portraying Kelly

Kelly agreed, adding: ‘If you introduce sexual behavior to children too young, it gets them used to it.

‘You don’t know who’s in that child’s life. The child’s defenses are now down, because you put them down.

‘So it is a problem, Charlize.’

The Oscar-winner said that ‘if you’ve ever seen a drag queen lip sync for her life, it only makes you happier, it only makes you love more. It makes you a better person.’ 

‘F***, if I could do a death drop right now I would, but I would probably like, break my hip,’ she said, referencing a popular drag move. 

She ended her time by asking viewers to ‘support all the great organizations that are out there helping all of this nonsense going away like it should, all of these incredibly stupid policies.’

Tennessee became the first state to explicitly ban drag shows in public spaces after Gov. Bill Lee signed the provision into law hours after the measure passed in the state Senate.

Drag shows have become a target of conservative criticism, as a slew of other anti-drag bills have been introduced in at least 14 other states — including Kentucky, Texas and Missouri.

Language across the numerous bills is similar to the Tennessee bill, which prohibits ‘adult cabaret performances’ in public places where minors could watch. 

In Tennessee’s bill, ‘adult cabaret’ is defined as ‘adult-oriented performances’ that include ‘male or female impersonators.’

Arizona and Arkansas removed the reference to drag shows from their bills earlier this year. 

Meanwhile, in March the Idaho House of Representatives voted to pass a bill restricting the performance of public live drag shows that contain ‘sexual conduct.’

In Kentucky, Republican lawmakers advanced a bill that same month to put limits on drag shows, as supporters touted it as a child-protection measure and opponents called it an unconstitutional attack aimed at LGBTQ groups.

The measure won Senate passage on a 26-6 vote after a lengthy debate.

In Missouri, legislators introduced House Bill 1364 on March 1. The bill would criminalize engaging, organizing, or authorizing the viewing of an adult cabaret performance on public property, which includes drag shows.

Last week, Montana legislators sent a bill to Gov. Greg Gianforte that would ban events in which drag performers read to children at public schools, libraries or other publicly funded locations.

Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia have also pushed similar bills.

Theron made an appearance at the event on May 7 via Zoom, which showcased live and pre-taped appearances from entertainers from Hollywood, and within the drag community

Theron, whose adopted son identifies as female, said children faced greater dangers in the world, seemingly referencing gun violence, which she has spoken out against in the past. She is pictured here with both daughters Jackson and August

The Mad Max star took a chunk of her time to praise drag queens and suggested she would have it out with anybody going after them

The event had an all-star cast of drag stars and Hollywood celebs slated to appear

Adam Lambert is among the ensemble of personalities who made an appearance 

Theron has regularly posted her support for the LGBTQ community on social media and last year was seen pouting in a picture with two people dressed in drag. 

In April 2019, she revealed to that her elder child, seven-year-old Jackson, who was adopted as a baby and introduced to the world as a boy, identified as female. 

‘Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,’ Theron said. 

‘Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: “I am not a boy!”

‘So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.

‘They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.

‘My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be.

‘And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.’

Later that same year, Theron admitted that her daughter Jackson’s transgender journey is still a ‘pretty new’ territory for their family, in an interview with Pride Source. 

Among the celebrities who joined Theron include Elizabeth Banks, Margaret Cho, David Cross, Whitney Cummings, Billy Eichner, Marcia Gay Harden, Leslie Jones, Adam Lambert, Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Osbourne, Orville Peck, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Amber Tamblyn, and Ali Wong.

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