The folks at Wisconsin Family Action may want to reconsider their approach to protesting events featuring "drag queens" from now on. You likely heard from the anti-homosexual group on various media outlets--including WOSH--about how they were "offended" that a public institution like UW Fox Valley would present a show featuring gay men dressed up like women and pass it off as "educational fare" for students.
However, as is often the case in situations like this, WFA's high-profile opposition to the drag show did not result in the show being cancelled or people staying away in droves to avoid having their morality offended. Instead, THE EXACT OPPOSITE happened--with MORE PEOPLE attending the event than if Family Action had just kept its mouth shut.
Until the press releases started arriving in reporters' email inboxes, the drag show had sold about 50-tickets. A whole 50-people were going to "support" this "art form" by putting down good money to watch men pretend to be women. But after we gave Family Action what they wanted--their 60-seconds in the spotlight--the show became a cause celebre--with none other than alternative press sex advice columnist Dan Savage (warning--link will likely offend you) stepping in to buy ALL of the remaining tickets to the show and giving them out for free.
So in an effort to prevent people from being exposed to "entertainment" that may "offend them", Wisconsin Family Action only succeeded in exposing MORE people to it. Did WFA expect the "upstanding people of the Fox Valley" to turn out with pitchforks and torches to drive the drag queens out of town? Did they think that the people attending the show would have to walk through throngs of protesters hurling epithets at them? Did WFA want death threats sent to UW Fox officials to derail the show? Was there any chance that Family Action supporters were going to sit in the audience and continually interrupt the show by yelling and chanting? (Obviously this wasn't going to happen, because there is no Anti-Gay Entertainment Union that I know of to organize such efforts.)
Wisconsin Family Action would have been much better off to sit on their hands--allow the drag show to attract its pathetic handful of attendees--lose the University Student Fund a bunch of money and THEN denounce the event to anyone willing to listen. In protesting as in comedy--timing is everything.