Children were doused with tampons by a non-binary ‘alien’ who smeared ‘blood’ on herself after pretending to menstruate on stage at a council-backed Pride festival.
The girls, some of whom appeared to be as young as five years old, were doused with the sanitary products after the artist threw them.
Footage from the Pride event, held in Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, showed a boy rushing away as tampons were thrown from the platform.
The performance, around 2:00 p.m. on July 29, was presented by presenter Alexa Darling, a drag queen known as the ‘Norwich Broadway Diva’.
There was a warning about the content and a statement: ‘Our next act is going to be very political.
“So turn on the warning for periods, if there are scary things you don’t like to see, blood or something, maybe take the time now to go have a drink.”
Darling urged: ‘Please put your hands together for the intergalactic alien about to take over our stage, of course it’s Mx Slaybia!’
The act then came out on stage in the red alien costume and sang a cover of No Doubt’s Just A Girl.
The other images on social media captured the moment the tampons were thrown into the crowd.
There was a warning about the content, which was said to be political and involved blood.
During one part of the song, the performer stared at the ‘blood’ that had been rubbed on his hand.
The artist then appeared to menstruate through white pants before smearing the ‘blood’ around his clothing.
Mx Slaybia then reached into a clear plastic bag and tossed wrapped tampons into the watching crowd.
Moments later, the artist, whose title suggests they are non-binary, holds up a sign that reads “Moonblood is genderless.”
The sign is then reversed to display the message ‘Let’s bleed on your period, capitalism’.
Mx Slaybia then blew a kiss to the audience before leaving the stage after being thanked by host Alexa for the performance.
Footage of the event circulated online and drew criticism for its graphic nature and its suitability for its audience.
Other images taken from the same performance show a different angle of the end of the act.
Before the day Norwich City Council announced it was an official sponsor of the Pride Event
After the performance and criticism on social media, all mention of the Pride event faded.
Maya Forstater, founder of the campaign group Sex Matter, said the performance had been completely inappropriate.
She told MailOnline: “Puberty is scary enough as it is for kids without someone standing in front of them and turning it into a brilliant horror show.”
It’s completely inappropriate at a family event like this. It’s almost like people are trying to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable and appropriate all the time.
“I think this is something strange and scary that should not be put in front of children.
‘The council has the responsibility of what is put in public. If they’ve endorsed it before the event, that endorsement from the council gives people who plan to attend an expectation of standards and safety.’
Norwich City Council, which had proudly proclaimed its support for the festival, later mysteriously removed all traces of its endorsement from its site.
She did not reply to a series of questions from MailOnline about the act or what was the ‘menstrual blood’ used in the performance.
Alexa Darling took to Instagram to defend the performance, saying it highlighted the issues
Mx Slaybia, who gave his Instagram address at the end of the performance, appeared to have deleted his account after the concert.
But Darling fiercely backed Slaybia, posting on Instagram: “Seeing what has been happening to not only one of my best friends but also a queer person as a result of an incredible, important and necessary discussion about menstrual health and poverty. menstrual cycle, even around transgender people. rights is beyond annoying.
“It feels redundant to say how angry I am, especially with the audience I’m reaching, but I am furious.
‘Why does this keep happening? How is this still happening? What goes through these people’s minds to make them think attacking someone is okay? What makes you think spewing vile rhetoric is okay?
“They talk about how we still have pride and how disgusting they think it is when the irony is that they are the reason.
The vile TERFs and far right who keep vilifying us for fighting for justice and who keep killing is because they are too young to realize the world doesn’t revolve around them, and their narrow view of the world is why. .
‘All I have to tell you is that we are not going anywhere, no matter what you do, you will never silence our voices. If you have the ability to do so, please report any and all videos you see of this, this is the time for us to come together as a community and help each other.
Norwich Pride’s trustees also defended the artist, although they said they would welcome feedback on the line-up.
A spokesperson said: “We are aware that a negative story was shared on social media about a performance at Norwich Pride on Saturday 29 July 2023.
“We will always strive to strike a balance between being a truly queer and open space for our artists and creating a show that can be seen and enjoyed by people of all ages. We are grateful to everyone who performed over the weekend for being authentic and talented. Norwich Pride condemns the harassment of any artist during or after our event.
“As always, we welcome any feedback from people who attended the event in good faith and will take it into account prior to future scheduling decisions. If you attended Norwich Pride 2023 and have any feedback for us, please complete our annual survey which can be found on the home page of our website.