South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is drunk on vitriol. She’s been on homophobic hate for 48 hours on Twitter and that’s not cute.
It all started on Sunday when Noem’s Christian sensibilities were offended by Lil Nas X’s unofficial “Satan” sneakers.
The gay-hating governor took to Twitter to warn people that children’s’ God-given eternal souls’ of children are threatened by sneakers and everyone must unite to ‘fight for the soul of our nation ”.
“We tell our children that this type of product is not only correct, but also ‘exclusive’. But do you know what is more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul, ”Noem tweeted. “We are fighting for the soul of our nation. We have to fight hard. And we have to fight smart. We have to win. “
Our children are told that this type of product is not only correct, but “exclusive”. But do you know what is more exclusive? Their eternal soul given by God.
We are fighting for the soul of our nation. We have to fight hard. And we have to fight smart. We have to win. https://t.co/m1k1YWFpuo
– Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 28, 2021
The tweet was widely ridiculed …
The shoes are very weird, and your reaction is even stranger. Congratulations. Pro tip: don’t buy them.
– Rachel Vindman (@natsechobbyist) March 28, 2021
hey, congratulations on being crazy about a shoe
– Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 28, 2021
Canceling culture is when the governor of a state with one of the highest COVID deaths per capita is more worried about winning a battle with a pair of Nike shoes than winning the battle to save their lives. own voters.
– No Lying with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) March 28, 2021
excuse me madam but it is written “sole” when you speak of a sneaker
– Adrienne Porter Felt (@__apf__) March 28, 2021
worries more about souls caught up in your cowardly covid response
– shauna (@goldengateblond) March 28, 2021
Danielle Campoamor from Refinery29 writes:
A gay black man taking the almost constant message from conservative evangelicals that he is going to hell, that his soul is doomed, and that he is somehow “evil”, and turning it into art is not the demise of the country. And for a Republican leader, spending his time perpetuating dangerous messages about the innate dignity of LGBTQ + people isn’t just overwhelming, it’s laughable. As COVID-related restrictions are lifted across the country and the United States reverts to its regular schedule of mass shootings, it might be better to spend Noem’s time passing common sense legislation on them. guns that would reduce the chances of the country witnessing seven mass shootings in seven days.
But Noem was not quite done spreading hatred towards the LGBTQ community.
After attacking Lil ‘Nas X and his “Satan sneakers,” she yesterday issued two decrees banning trans women from joining women’s and women’s school sports teams.
“Only girls should play girls’ sports,” she tweeted, adding that she was issuing the transphobic decrees to “protect fairness.”
Only girls should participate in women’s sports. Since the legislature did not accept my proposed revisions to HB 1217, I immediately sign two executive orders to resolve this issue: one to protect fairness in K-12 athletics and the other to do it in varsity athletics. (1/3)
– Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 29, 2021
Once again, his tweet met with a backlash …
Go back to worrying about Satan shoes and leave the real problems to the adults in the room
– Daniel (@LVRXDealer) March 29, 2021
Can we hear your official statement on plush potato sex?
– DrRachVoteBlue (@ RachelleFriedm2) March 29, 2021
It will shock you, but there is actually a whole pandemic that maybe you should focus on?
– jess kant (@jessdkant) March 30, 2021
I agree. girls should participate in women’s sports. since trans girls are girls this shouldn’t be a problem. glad we agree!
– hadley (@hadleyele) March 30, 2021
If you had spent as much time worrying about COVID as you did attacking transgender teens, you might not have led the world in infections and deaths.
– Dave Hogg ✨ (@stareagle) March 30, 2021
The two Noem decrees are among the latest in a series of similar restrictions introduced by Republicans across the country.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, nearly 200 anti-LGBTQ bills have been sent to state legislatures, many of which specifically attack trans children by denying them access to school sports teams and health care.
Graham Gremore is editor and editor at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.