Why is Pura Luka’s drag performance of ‘Ama Namin” so controversial?
Pura Luka’s drag performance ‘Ama Namin,’ which featured religious garments and iconography, has received significant criticism in recent months on social media. Pura Luka Vega was dressed in religious apparel and included religious iconography as part of the performance. The performance, titled ‘Our Father,’ translated into English, received significant criticism on social media. Social media users expressed their anger, saying that the performance was offensive and disrespectful towards religious beliefs.
Critics say that mocking sacred rituals or using religious symbols is offensive. Drag performers are urged to be more careful and sensitive in incorporating religious themes. Some believe it is important to respect all religions and not use their themes for entertainment, as this can lead to division and anger among communities. Although drag is often a way to push boundaries and challenge societal norms critics say it is important to strike a delicate balance between artistic expression, and respecting others’ beliefs.
After receiving mixed reactions, a video of a recent drag performance by Filipino Pura Luka Vea became viral on social networks.
Luka performs to a remixed, upbeat version of the song “Uplifting” in this video. “Ama Namin” (“Our Father”) with the crowd.
Ian Cruz reported on “24 Oras,” Senator JVEjercito called the performance blasphemous on Wednesday.
Some people argued, however that it was an expression of art.
— Pura Luka Vega ???? (@ama_survivah) July 9, 2023
Luka’s Twitter space addressed the issue, and she said that her “intention is not really to mock per se.”
“Feeling ko I was very careful when I did that because I don’t want to come across something that’s very offensive,” She said “I also did that intentionally to challenge our notions of how we worship or how we sing our prayers.”
“Was it offensive because I am queer individual or was it for other factors? It was in no way trying to demean naman.”
— Pura Luka Vega ???? (@ama_survivah) July 11, 2023
—Carby Basina/MGP, GMA Integrated News