DeSantis Admin. to Revoke Liquor License of Venue-Exposed Kids to Explicit Drag Show
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s administration is moving to remove an Orlando venue’s Liquor license after it allowed minors to attend a sexually explicit drag show.
A complaint filed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, a Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, detailed the venue’s offense.
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“Respondent promoted the show using targeted, Christmas-themed promotional materials that did not provide notice as to the sexually explicit nature of the Show’s performance or other content. Rather than call attention to the show’s sexually explicit content, or acknowledge that it might not be appropriate for children, Respondent’s promotional materials unequivocally stated “[a]ll ages welcome””
According to the Department, this was a violation of Florida’s statutes, and the department will now be moving to remove the venue’s liquor license as a penalty permanently.
This penalty does not come out of nowhere; DeSantis warned in December that this would result if the venue failed to age-restrict attendance to “A Drag Queen Christmas.”
The venue paid lip service to the threat by taping a piece of paper on the front door that read, “some may think the context is not appropriate for those under 18.” However, according to the complaint, the text was “barely visible” and used a “small font.”
But even that text serves is merely an advisement, not a restriction. The complaint insisted that this sign does not change the facts at issue.
“As a result, minors attended and were knowingly welcomed into the Show by Respondent, including children appearing to be less than 6 years of age.”
The complaint went into detail about the statute-violating content of the show, which the complaint called “….lewd, vulgar, and indecent…”
WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE AND CONCEPTS
The complaint describes performers intentionally exposing prosthetic female breasts and genitalia, intentionally exposing their actual buttocks to the audience, simulating masturbation with the female genitalia prosthetics, and a graphic simulation of an abortion.
The show also included videos and sexually twisted Christmas songs that are illegal to show children under 16 either. The complaint describes the SHow’sh rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front teeth” as including simulated oral sex and the lyric “I’ll sit on his lap, he can put his milk and cookies all between by gap.”
Another parody Christmas song, “Screwdolph the Red-Nippled Reindeer,” included its own innuendo-filled lyrics.
“You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vomit Vixen, and Stupid and Dildo and Dicks in…”
“But do you call the most famous Reindeer of all? Screwdolph the Red-Nippled reindeer, had a very shiny bust…”
“Then one soggy Christmas ever, Santa came to say, ‘Screwdolph with your nipples so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight.”
Remember this show in Austin that children attended?@RonDeSantisFL just revoked the liquor license of a venue in Florida that hosted the same exact show.
Why won't @GregAbbott_TX take emergency measures to defend OUR kids in Texas from these obscene and explicit strip shows? pic.twitter.com/Wf8IFsyZDC
— Texas Family Project (@FamilyProjectTX) February 3, 2023
The complaint notes that the Respondent has a right to a hearing to appeal the decision, but whether or not that right will be exercised remains to be seen.
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