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New Hallmark Christmas Movie Glorifies Drag Show as ‘Family Tradition’

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New Hallmark Christmas Movie Glorifies Drag Show as ‘Family Tradition’

By Movieguide® Staff

Hallmark continues to push an immoral, anti-family agenda through its Christmas content as its CHRISTMAS IN NOTTING HILL features a drag performance that the movie presents as a family-friendly show. 

Set in London, the movie follows Georgia Bright (Sarah Ramos), “an American elementary school teacher visiting her London-based little sister Lizzie (Joelle Rae) for Christmas.” While there, she meets Graham Savoy (William Moseley, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA).

“Famous soccer star…Savoy (Moseley), has always been too busy for love, but when he comes home to Notting Hill for Christmas, he changes his mind after meeting Georgia (Ramos) – a visiting American and the one person who has no idea who he is,” Hallmark summarizes.

Despite its typically predictable Hallmark storyline, the network strays from a more wholesome angle to celebrate a family, which includes children and adults, attending a Christmas-themed “pantomime” drag event.

In one scene, Georgia and another character discuss this “Carter family tradition.”

“It’s this show that families attend at Christmas, but this year is a bit more special,” says Henry Carter. “My cousin Howard…is making his debut as the dame.”

He describes the show as “if THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW had a baby with a Disney movie and half the cast was dressed in drag.” Georgia enthusiastically replies, “Fantastic.”

“Yeah, it’s brilliant. It’s a total blast,” Henry adds. 

The scene that features the show includes shots of young children and adults laughing, clapping and cheering as a group of men dressed in drag sing “Jingle Bells.” 

As the performance concludes, Georgia yells, “Encore!”

This is another example of Hallmark’s attempt to make unbiblical values and activities seem normal for families.

Movieguide® reported on the network’s first holiday-themed homosexual storyline. 

“Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever. This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families, including The Christmas House, featuring a storyline about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child, and starring Jonathan Bennett in an ensemble cast. Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions—a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year,” Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming, said at the time.

“Diversity and inclusion is a top priority for us and we look forward to making some exciting programming announcements in the coming months, including announcements about projects featuring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors,” wrote George Zaralidis, the vice president of network program publicity at Crown Media Family Networks, in 2020. 

Since then, the network has only increased its output of LGBTQ holiday content. 

Out praised the network for its two “queer Christmas movies,” CHRISTMAS ON CHERRY LANE and FRIENDS & FAMILY CHRISTMAS, coming this year.

However, despite the channel’s push for inclusivity, Hallmark’s emphasis on LGBTQ storylines has alienated many fans. 

Movieguide® reported on One Million Moms’ boycott of the channel: 

“So many people feel betrayed by Hallmark over these past seven months. Hallmark Channel was one of the remaining channels that families could watch without being bombarded by politically correct commercials and the LGBTQ agenda,” the article states. “Family entertainment is not the outlet in which to be politically correct by forcing tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality – a sinful lifestyle that Scripture clearly deems wrong in Romans 1:18-28.”

“Please do not add LGBTQ movies to the Hallmark Channel lineup. Such content goes against conservative values that are important to your primary audience,” the group urged. “You will lose viewers if you cave to the LBGTQ agenda.”

Movieguide® previously reported on the Hallmark Channel’s promotion of LGBTQ themes: 

The Hallmark Channel’s parent company, Crown Media Family Networks, recently paraded their recent “seismic” shift to prominently feature LGBT characters on the network’s original programming. Meanwhile, the move has completely alienated the millions of Christian viewers who previously supported the network.

President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Wonya Lucas, was proud to announce the increased representation and inclusion effort.

“I’m proud of the progress this team is making to expand diversity in our programming and it is nothing short of seismic,” told Deadline in a virtual Q&A.

Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming for Crown Media Family Networks, also discussed the network’s upcoming movie MIX IT UP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, which features their “first gay lead.”

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