The Exploitation of “Drag Kid” Desmond Is Amazing


from Vigilant Citizen:

Desmond is Amazing is an 11-year-old drag performer who became a mainstream media darling. However, after a video of him performing at a gay club for tips surfaced online, a dark side was exposed. Is Desmond being exploited?

Desmond Napoles (aka Desmond is Amazing) is an 11-year-old drag performer who rose to fame due to his appearances on national television, fashion magazines and LGBTQ-related events. He became an instant media darling when a video of him dancing at a gay pride parade became viral.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

Desmond dancing at a gay pride parade at age 8.

According to his official website, Desmond is a “performer, drag kid, awarded LGBTQ advocate, outspoken gay youth, editorial model, public speaker, founder of his own drag house, fashion designer, muse, and icon”.

However, despite these lofty titles, many consider Desmond’s entire act to be little more than child abuse and exploitation by unscrupulous adult handlers. The controversy surrounding Desmond reached another level when a video of him dancing at a gay bar for tips surfaced online, sparking a bitter debate online and in the media.

At the center of it all is an 11-year-old child who has been exposed to the world of drag since he was a toddler.

Napoles identifies as gay and states that he has been out since a very early age. Napoles’s parents stated that at the age of two or three, they understood that he was “likely gay” and they exposed him to a variety of gay culture, including showing him drag performances and taking him to pride parades. Napoles’s parents stated that he was “openly gay” when he entered kindergarten. Napoles’s mother reports that he began gravitating towards drag performances when he was two and watched RuPaul’s Drag Race. According to Napoles’ parents, Napoles is on the autism spectrum and his drag activity helps him relieve symptoms of autism disorder.
– Wikipedia, Desmond Napoles

Is Desmond “expressing himself” or is he being exploited? A look his “career” provides the answers. Here are some examples.

A YouTube Video With a Convicted Murder

On December 25th 2017, Desmond appeared in a YouTube video with Michael Alig – the founder and ringleader of the Club Kids, a group of young New York City clubgoers that became a cultural phenomenon during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

A screenshot from the YouTube video featuring Desmond with Michael Calig (left) and Ernie Glam (right). On the painting behind them: A child and the word Rohypnol – the name of a “date rape” drug.

Most people know Michael Alig for a darker reason: The gruesome murder of Angel Melendez in 1996 for which he served 17 years in prison for manslaughter.

On the night of March 17, 1996, Alig and his roommate, Robert D. “Freeze” Riggs, murdered Melendez after an argument in Alig’s apartment over many things, including a long-standing drug debt. Alig has claimed many times that he was so high on drugs that his memory of the events is unclear.

According to Riggs, he hit Melendez a total of three times on the head with the hammer. Then Alig grabbed a pillow and tried to smother him. While Melendez was unconscious, Riggs went to the other room; when he returned, he noticed a broken syringe on the floor. Riggs claimed that Alig was pouring “some cleaner or chemical” into Melendez’ mouth, then duct-taped it with the help of Riggs.

After Melendez’s death, Alig and Riggs did not know what to do with the body. They initially left it in the bathtub, which they filled with ice. After a few days, the body began to decompose and became malodorous. After discussing what to do with Melendez’s body and who should do it, Riggs went to Macy’s to buy knives and a box. In exchange for 10 bags of heroin, Alig agreed to dismember Melendez’s body. He cut the legs off, put them in a garbage bag, cut off the head and put it in another bag, and stuffed the rest into a box. Afterwards, he and Riggs threw the box into the Hudson River.
– Wikipedia, Michael Alig

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

Alig’s story inspired the 2003 movie Party Monster starring Mcauley Caulkin.

Alig was released from jail in 2014. Three years later, he was arrested for trespassing and smoking crystal meth outside the Bronx Supreme Court in February 2017. A few months later, Desmond sits next to him filming this video.

Mainstream Media

2018 was a big year for Desmond as he made several appearances in mainstream media.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

Desmond was featured on Good Morning America.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

Desmond on the Today Show.

Desmond was also featured in several fashion magazines. If you’ve read my series of articles Symbolic Pics of the Month, you will instantly recognize some of the symbolism going on there.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

Desmond does the “one-eye sign” in Volition magazine.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

Desmond and the one-eye sign in Refinery29.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

Refinery29 also featured a video of Desmond dancing on a checkerboard pattern floor with red roses. This exact combination of symbols is extremely significant in the dark world of Monarch Mind Control.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

This is a painting by Kim Noble – a survivor of trauma-based mind control. One series of paintings depict the abuse of an MK slave in a setting that features intense dualistic patterns and a rose.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

One-eye pose in Blonde Magazine.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

One eye hidden in Out Magazine. As stated in previous articles, the one-eye sign is used to represent elite control.

The Exploitation of "Drag Kid" Desmond Is Amazing

Desmond was part of an ad campaign for the brand Gypsy Sport. As you can see, he modeled alongside some rather explicit imagery (I even had to censor a pic).

Desmond’s social media accounts are also full of symbolism.

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“Account owned by mom”. That’s all you need to know.

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