The Memphis Police Department (MPD) Monday confirmed that it did not shut down a drag show at the Memphis Museum of Science and History (MoSH), but that the museum canceled the event due to protests.

“Management of the Pink Palace chose to cancel all events [Friday], MPD Public Information Officer Theresa Carlson told The Tennessee Star. “MPD was asked to assist. No incidents occurred and no arrests were made.”

The Pink Palace is part of the MoSH.

A viral video circulating the web showed a drag queen outside the event, apparently arguing with police.

Another video showed the protestors outside the event, as well as law enforcement keeping an eye on the activities of the protestors.

The Star reported about MoSH’s plan to host the event earlier this month.

“Presenting the Museum of Science & History’s grand culmination of our Summer of Pride programming and a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, the FIRST EVER MoSH DRAG SHOW!” said an advertisement on the museum’s website. “This historic show will star a diverse cast of performers featuring different styles, expressions, and identities, showcasing some of the infinite ways in which we can manifest the art of drag. After the show, we’ll kick off our intergenerational dance party, where everyone is invited to come together and dance the night away. Join us for a night of art, music, dance, and community at the museum.”

The museum did not return a Monday comment request.

The topic of “family-friendly” drag shows, which often involve children, has become a hot-button issue.

Popular Twitter account LibsOfTikTok has chronicled many of the events, which have taken place nationwide.

A similar event occurred earlier last week, before the all-ages drag show in Memphis.

“A stripper performs at an ‘all ages’ drag show while a kid in the front row attempts to hand the stripper a cash tip,” that account said, posting a video and a photo of the incident. “Here’s another image of a kid at this ‘all ages’ drag show.”

“This is what a ‘family-friendly drag show’ in a bar looks like,” the account said in July, posting a similarly crude video.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Museum of Science & History Drag Show” by Andy Ngô.