Kevin Bacon said the most recent Drag Race episode “came at just the right time”.

In the latest season 15 episode, the top six queens performed in the “all dancing, all prancing” annual Rusical whilst paying homage to Bacon’s iconic musical drama Footloose.

In similar vein to Footloose, which sees a teenager (played by Bacon) attempt to overturn a small town’s ban on dancing, Wigloose: The Rusical takes place in a town where drag has been outlawed and an underground alliance forms to defeat the bigots.

Loosey LaDuca won the starring role as Heaven Bacon, a “teenage drag queen ready to shake things up,” while Anetra played the role of Mama Bacon, her wise drag mother.

Mistress Isabelle Brooks took on John Lithgow’s role as the town’s narrow-minded leader, with Sasha Colby as Carl, Preacher Teacher’s obedient husband.

Salina Estitties and Luxx Noir London respectively played Tuck and Christian, two teens who join forces with Heaven.

Following the episode, which has since been hailed by fans as the “greatest” Rusical in Drag Race herstory, Bacon commended the show for its timely message.

“Big shoutout to [RuPaul’s Drag Race’s] “Wigloose: The Rusical” (and props to Heaven Bacon [Loosey LaDuca]),” he wrote on his Instagram Story. “With all the recent anti-drag bills, this came at just the right time. Drag is an art and drag is a right.”

On 2 March, Tennessee became the first state to ban drag shows from taking place in public spaces and/or places where minors may be present, with similar bills introduced in at least 14 others including Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

The archaic legislation has been condemned by RuPaul, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Stewart and Drag Race stars such as Jinkx Monsoon, BenDeLaCreme, Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Jackie Cox.

In his statement, RuPaul called the bills “a classic distraction technique” and said right-wing politicians are “distracting us away from the real issues that they were voted into office to focus on: jobs, healthcare, keeping our children safe from harm at their own school.

“But, we know bullies are incompetent at solving real issues. They look for easy targets so they can give the impression of being effective. They think our love, our light, our laughter and our joy are signs of weakness, but they’re wrong. That is our strength.”

RuPaul described drag queens as the “marines of the queer movement” and urged American citizens to “register to vote so we can get these stunt queens out of office and put some smart people with real solutions into government”.

He concluded his statement: “And by the way, a social media post has never been as powerful as a registered vote.”

American citizens can check if they’re registered to vote here.