West Warwick, RI — At Tuesday night’s West Warwick town council meeting, citizens voiced their complaints about behavior they said had caused them to lose confidence in the ability of Councilman Jason Messier, a supporter of drag queen story hours, to effectively fulfill his elected seat.
They called his actions “disgusting,” and said that they raised ethical concerns.
On May 7, 2022, Councilman Jason Messier posted a TikTok video where he dressed as a rainbow colored unicorn on behalf of people suffering from Alzheimer’s. During the video, he gyrates and dances to Pony by Ginuwine. It has been viewed over 2500 times, and the minimum age for TikTok users is 13 years old.
The faint outline of his genitals can be seen through his skin tight costume. His chest area is also clearly visible.
@jayknowsaguy 🦄 Unicorn Strawberry Deliveries to Moms to fight Alzheimer’s! #alzheimersawareness #alzheimers #unicorn #mothersday #moms #rhodeisland #gelskitchen ♬ Pony – Ginuwine
John Read announced that he will be challenging Messier as a result of his TikTok video.
Read testified to the council, “As a public official, are you or are you not held to a higher standard?”
In June of last year, West Warwick Library hosted a Drag Queen Story Hour targeting children ages 0-6 to attend. The library described the event as a “very special story time all about being true to yourself and accepting others.”
Messier represents Ward 3 in West Warwick. The connection between the unicorn costume and fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s patients is unclear. He did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publishing.
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