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Nickelodeon, the children’s network, debuted a video over the weekend featuring drag queen Nina West explaining the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag, the latest in a series of materials aimed at explaining Pride month to Nickelodeon viewers, most of whom are children.
The video, “The Meaning of Pride,” was uploaded on Nickelodeon’s YouTube page over the weekend, and clips of the three-minute-long music video, which features an original song by West (the drag persona of Andrew Levitt) explaining why the Pride flag uses the colors of the rainbow, are now on Nickelodeon’s TikTok page. In the music video, West goes through each color of the flag and explains the more recent additions of pink, white, light blue, black, and brown stripes, which West says shows solidarity with the transgender rights and Black Lives Matter movements.
The official description for the video on Nickelodeon’s YouTube profile is, “Drag queen Nina West performs an original song about the meaning of the rainbow Pride flag. June is Pride Month, so let’s celebrate by lifting up voices in the LGBTQIA+ community!” In the YouTube video West’s cartoon avatar sings: “Love is love is love, you see, and everyone should love proudly and we’ll all go marching in the big parade! With the pride flag up high, be true to you,” West sings. “Blue means harmony, working together. Purple means spirit, believing you have the power of strength within yourself to do whatever you dream. Baby blue, pink and white represent transgender people because every letter in LGBTQ plus is equal. And Black and Brown represent the queer and trans people of color.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NICKELODEON