The University of Arkansas shelled out over $10,000 for a 60-minute Zoom drag performance for students.
According to Campus Reform, the school spent a total of $11,050 for a “virtual drag show” that only 38 students attended. The event was hosted by the school’s University Programs and featured six local drag artists.
A copy of the school’s contract shows that the school paid $10,000 to one drag performer alone, Jaida Essence Hall, who is best known for winning season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The additional $1,050 was given to drag queen Jeremy Stuthard.
The university’s Assistant Director of Strategic Communications Rebecca Morrison told Campus Reform that the funding came directly from student fees.
Campus Reform reported:
The dance portion of the show lasted less than an hour and included a wide range of performance styles. Performer Nikita Kakes danced to “Hush Hush” by The Pussycat Dolls, while Maddy Morphosis sang to a puppet during her performance of “Beauty and the Beast” from the