Senator JV Ejercito Slams Viral “Ama Namin” Drag Performance; Pura Luka Vega Makes Clarification

JV Ejercito on viral “Ama Namin” performance of drag queen: “This is blasphemy”

JV EJERCITO – The senator strongly criticized a viral video featuring drag queen Pura Luka Vega singing along to a remixed version of “Ama Namin,” also known as The Lord’s Prayer. The video, uploaded by Vega herself, shows her dressed as the Black Nazarene while performing in a bar. At the time of writing, the video has received over 14 million views.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Ejercito expressed his outrage, condemning the act as blasphemous and disrespectful to his faith. A quick search on Twitter reveals that public opinion on the performance is divided. One user stated that Vega does not deserve respect if she disrespects the beliefs of others. Another user emphasized that prayer should not be treated as entertainment, and the Church should not be regarded as a club or a costume party.

While some individuals were offended by the performance, others found it amusing and enjoyable. Quoting Vega’s tweet, a netizen stated that the controversy surrounding the video proves the effectiveness of Vega’s art, which sparks conversations, fearlessly challenges norms, and encourages people to reflect on their beliefs. This sentiment was echoed by another netizen, who highlighted that art is meant to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

Vega herself clarified her intentions during a Twitter space session on Tuesday, explaining that she did not intend to demean religion through her performance. She expressed that in her mind, queerness has always coexisted with her faith, and her performance was a way of praising God. While she was cautious not to offend anyone, she acknowledged that some still found it offensive. She questioned whether the offense stemmed from her identity as a queer individual or from other factors.

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