Kentucky residents defend ‘man pageant’

Codi Saxon

HAZARD, Ky. — It was an event that once would have hardly produced information outdoors the university gymnasium, much a lot less traveled over and above this 4,900-resident Appalachian mountain city. But within just hours of Hazard Significant School’s homecoming “Gentleman Pageant,” where male students dressed in women’s undergarments appeared to […]

Supporters in Hazard held a rally Thursday for Hazard High principal Donald "Happy" Mobelini after a viral homecoming controversy drew national criticism.

HAZARD, Ky. — It was an event that once would have hardly produced information outdoors the university gymnasium, much a lot less traveled over and above this 4,900-resident Appalachian mountain city.

But within just hours of Hazard Significant School’s homecoming “Gentleman Pageant,” where male students dressed in women’s undergarments appeared to lap-dance and grind on seated college leaders, the photos hit social media.

By the next day, they’d gone viral — sparking outrage that turned a derisive nationwide highlight on this tiny Kentucky local community like never in advance of.

Images that included principal Donald “Content” Mobelini, who is also Hazard’s mayor, smiling even though 50 percent-clad pupils danced suggestively — and youthful women of all ages dressed as Hooters waitresses — drew condemnation from legions of social media buyers. 

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear identified as it “totally unacceptable,” an investigation was launched and the ensuing media coverage stretched all the way to a British tabloid. 

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