Pennsylvania gay pride event features shirtless instructor teaching children to pole dance


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Twitter users are reacting to a viral social media post that appears to show a young boy pole dancing at a Pennsylvania gay pride event while bystanders cheered him on. 

“A pride event in PA featured a stripper pole where they taught kids how to pole dance,” the Twitter account LibsofTikTok posted on Thursday along with a TikTok video showing a young boy with a rainbow skirt pole dancing after a man with no shirt gave him instructions. 

“Central PA Pride had a pole set up with an amazing instructor to assist,” the caption on the post read. “My kiddo is a natural!”

The hashtags on the post seemingly coincide with the Central Pennsylvania Pride Festival that took place in Harrisburg over the weekend. 

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A pride event in PA featured a stripper pole where they taught kids how to pole dance @LibsofTikTok
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The video was deleted shortly after being shared to LibsofTikTok’s page.

The popular conservative Twitter account also posted a letter from Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf expressing his support for the event.  

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“@GovernorTomWolf do you condone these actions?” the account asked.

A pride event in PA featured a stripper pole where they taught kids how to pole dance

A pride event in PA featured a stripper pole where they taught kids how to pole dance
(@LibsofTikTok)

Wolf’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. 

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The video earned widespread condemnation on Twitter from accounts calling out the parents and calling the scene inappropriate. 

“This is profoundly inappropriate,” Federalist Correspondent Tristan Justice posted. “Gays who promote this type of grooming are doing such a disservice to gay people.”

Pride event in PA featured a stripper pole where they taught kids how to pole dance

Pride event in PA featured a stripper pole where they taught kids how to pole dance

Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh tweeted, “I will never support any Republican candidate on any level of government who does not pledge to use every available legal means to put a stop to this sort of thing and punish all those responsible.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, the Pride Festival of Central Pennsylvania stood by the actions of the man in the video who was identified as hairdresser Mikee Bentz.

“The Pride Festival of Central Pennsylvania stands behind the actions of Mr. Bentz whose Metro Enterprises provided nothing more than a vehicle of fun and exercise at last weekend’s Pride Festival,” a spokesperson for the event told Fox News Digital. 





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