The Transgender Thought Police are impossible to please. The sooner Amanda Abbington realises, the better. The star of Sherlock and Mr Selfridge is the latest woman to end up in the dock for voicing an opinion they deem to be unacceptable.
After the BBC announced that Abbington was the first celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2023, the mob went wild. Her so-called crime? Back in March she tweeted:
‘I lost quite a few followers for saying that a semi-naked man in thigh high boots dancing in a highly sexualised way shouldn’t be performing in front of babies and it tells me everything I need to know about where society is heading. How do you not agree with me on this???’
Anyone who understands the need to protect children must surely agree with Abbington. As a teacher, I am more bothered about those who take issue with her. Whoever thought that it was a good idea for adult entertainers to perform in front of children? Drag Queen Story Hour hit the headlines last year, but it rumbles on in libraries across the UK. Earlier this summer, Douglas Ross MP – leader of the Scottish Tories – protested Moray council’s decision to host ‘Miss Lossie Mouth’ in a ‘fun and interactive show suitable for children aged 0 to 6.’
Unlike Ross – who was characteristically unequivocal – Abbington has felt the need to issue an explanation. In a seven-minute video, she clarified that she ‘loved drag’, but:
‘My tweet back in March was regarding a 12-year-old who was doing it in front of adults. And it just upset me because I saw a kid, a little kid, a 12-year-old, doing something very over-sexualised. And I didn’t think it was right… And that was my tweet.