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10/12/2016

People furious after Santa Claus is replaced by a DRAG QUEEN to sing Christmas carols at popular parade

 

One of Melbourne's most popular shopping districts has ditched Santa Claus in lieu of a dancing and singing drag queen to celebrate Christmas this year, infuriating Christians and traditionalists.

Chapel Street will transform its shopping precinct into a runway for drag queens and other eccentric entertainers every weekend afternoon right up until Christmas Day.

Popular drag queen Art Simone will be one of the show's main spectacles at the controversial show

Performers will lip sync to Christmas pop music from the back of luxury convertibles as part of their performance to the masses, the Herald Sun reports.

Popular drag queen Art Simone will be one of the main spectacles at the show.

The performer posted a photo on Instagram to her 21 thousand followers on Friday letting them know they could catch her 'Drag Queen Carolling every Saturday and Sunday'.

'Look out for the convertible blasting Christmas pop tracks!' she said.

She told Daily Mail Australia she understood the controversy, but implored it was time for a change; however uncomfortable it might be.

'Change may not be comfortable... But it's necessary,' she said.

'And let me tell you I wear some things to change me that are not comfortable but are ABSOLUTELY necessary!

'I adore Chapel Street and I'm glad I can help spread some Christmas Cheer the new Chapel Street style!'

Chapel Street Precinct Association marketing and events director Chrissie Maus said the switch-up was unashamedly outrageous and it was exactly what the precinct needed.

'I am sure traditionalists are not going to like or support this marketing, but this is about celebrating uniqueness and diversity. That's exactly what we need to be doing to put Chapel Street back on the map,' she told the Herald Sun.

And Ms Maus was not wrong.

Traditionalists emerged furious at the news, claiming Christmas was not a religious festival and people had no right to sour it with 'smut' and 'perversion'.

'Play Santa short prom dresses ups at the clubs, not in the streets,' one woman said.

'I can't even play the radio half the time from all the sexualised pus beaming into my kids ears, now you want to funk Christmas up with your smut. And why did there need to be a topless hunk up there?'

Another woman fired up claiming she was 'deeply offended'.

'As a Catholic I am deeply offended. As a person who believes people should leave other people's beliefs alone and stop trying to change them I am angered,' she said.

'It is a time to respect the birth of Jesus. If you are not Catholic or follow Christian traditions, fair enough, but leave it alone.'

Others thought the change was so absurd, they likened the performers and anyone who played a part in the event to perverts.

'Perverts should celebrate Christmas in the park bushes where they belong,' one man said.

'I will bring my baseball. Stop the perversion, our kids deserve better.'

One woman hit out at the event suggesting it be moved to any other time of year.

'No, not for Christmas. I like the fairy tale, (it is) the only time of year which is supposed to bring happiness and sharing. Could they please arrange this parade for another time of year. We can have two festivities,' she said.

'Getting mixed up with Mardi Gras I think, world's gone mad,' another man added.

While news of the controversial show garnered huge amounts of negative attention, that was exactly what marketing manager Ms Maus wanted.

Once one of Melbourne's most popular shopping districts, Chapel Street now has 44 vacant shops.

And as a desperate cry for help, the drag show was born.

'If we don't celebrate the uniqueness and bring back the difference we will be in a situation where we are bland and end up like Bridge Road,' she said.

Ms Maus also assured those concerned that the change would not encroach on Santa Claus appearances in other parts of Melbourne or Australia.

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