The mother of 11-year-old “drag kid” Desmond Naples revealed last month she was outraged to learn a convicted pedophile found her son “hot” and sexualized his performances.
The controversy started when Tom O’Carroll, who was convicted in 2006 of distributing child pornography and is the former chairman of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), referred to Desmond as a “pretty young boy” and “sexy kid” in a blog post entitled, “Desmond is truly amazing — and hot!”
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This is extremely disturbing. Convicted pedophile Tom O'Carroll has written a blog post stating that Desmond is hot & feels sexy performing. He also sexualizes fellow drag kid Queen Lactatia. We do not approve of his statements & have written to @wordpressdotcom several times but they have yet to remove it. It is highly inappropriate to speak of minors in this manner . . I want to address some of his points. First, the Conservative press is currently accusing us of purposely attracting pedophiles & accusing the LGBTQ community of supporting this. What Tom O'Carroll has said is out of our control & we do not know him or associate with him or any other pedophiles or sex offenders. I think if a pedophile wants to act on their urges, NO child is safe . . Desmond does not move in a sexual manner or strip, at all. He has done costume reveals that reveal a fully covered costume underneath. He is never "scantily clad" or nearly naked & always is age appropriate. He does celebrity impersonations & does not choose to do sexy celebrities . . Desmond does not feel "sexy" in drag. What he has said is that at times in drag he "feels like a boy & a girl at the same time". This isn't to mean that Desmond is confused about his gender. He identifies as a boy & uses the pronouns he, him, his, even in drag. To Desmond, drag is dressing up into a character, performing, & expressing oneself through art. Desmond is also an actor & model. Desmond loves what he does & is never forced to do anything. He chooses everything from his costumes, makeup, songs, etc . . Desmond came out as gay when he was 11. Although, honestly we knew before then. He got same sex crushes that he would tell me about. Desmond knows the difference between a heterosexual & homosexual. Just because he identifies as gay does not mean he is sexually active or wants to be. He knows what sex is…he's in middle school and has had sex education class. Apparently, he said all the kids giggled through the whole course. Anyone discussing anything remotely sexual on Desmond's social media is immediately blocked & reported. We are just appalled at this whole situation – Mom . . #desmondisamazing #lgbtqnews
In an indignant Instagram post shared June 25, Desmond’s mother, Wendy Naples, made clear that she in no way supports the sexualization of her son.
“This is extremely disturbing. Convicted pedophile Tom O’Carroll has written a blog post stating that Desmond is hot & feels sexy performing,” she wrote. “We do not approve of his statements & have written to wordpressdotcom several times but they have yet to remove it. It is highly inappropriate to speak of minors in this manner.”
“Desmond does not move in a sexual manner or strip, at all. He has done costume reveals that reveal a fully covered costume underneath,” Naples continued. “He is never ‘scantily clad’ or nearly naked & always is age appropriate.”
Desmond’s mother went on to blast conservative media outlets, claiming they’d accused her of “purposely attracting pedophiles” to her son.
“[T]he Conservative press is currently accusing us of purposely attracting pedophiles & accusing the LGBTQ community of supporting this,” she said. “What Tom O’Carroll has said is out of our control & we do not know him or associate with him or any other pedophiles or sex offenders.”
Desmond Naples caught in a culture war crossfire
Last year, a series of sympathetic media reports about Desmond’s drag performances provoked backlash and accusations that his parents were abusing and exploiting him. At the same time, defenders of Naples praised his mother for supporting her son’s gender-bending proclivities.
However, pressure on the family mounted after a video was released in December that captured Desmond dancing erotically on stage at a New York City gay bar, as men cheered and gave him cash.
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