Florida Department of Business Investigating ‘Sexually Explicit’ Drag Queen Christmas Performance

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An probe is underway successful Florida regarding sexually inappropriate enactment during a resistance amusement show attended by children.

According to a connection posted connected Dec. 27 connected Twitter by DeSantis Executive Press Secretary Bryan Griffin, an probe has already been launched.

“The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is alert of aggregate complaints astir a sexually explicit show marketed to children held successful Fort Lauderdale connected December 26th,” Griffin stated. “The Department is actively investigating this matter, including video footage and photographs from the event. DPBR will, similar successful different cases, instrumentality action.”

‘Family-Friendly’ Drag Show

Independent writer Tayler Hanson, who attended 1 of the shows, says helium is gladsome idiosyncratic is doing something.

“I’m thankful to spot idiosyncratic taking enactment regarding the sexually explicit ‘all-ages’ Drag Queen Christmas Tour that I reported connected earlier this month,” Hansen told The Epoch Times. “Simulated sodomy, exposed fake breasts, and sexually explicit connection has nary spot astir children. There is nary specified happening arsenic a ‘family-friendly’ oregon ‘all-ages’ resistance show. Florida has erstwhile again continued to pb the mode erstwhile it comes to protecting children.”

According to a Dec. 15 post connected Twitter by autarkic writer Tayler Hansen, 1 of the performers successful an Austin, Texas amusement paraded astir connected signifier with exposed breasts and buttocks for the crowd.

Other posts amusement however different thong-clad performers simulated enactment acts with each different astatine antithetic times during the amusement portion intersexual videos played connected a ample surface successful the background. When the big asked a kid successful the assemblage what his favourite portion of the show, the kid replied “nothing.”

Griffin noted further successful his societal media connection that “exposing children to sexually explicit enactment is simply a transgression successful Florida, and specified enactment violates the Department’s licensing standards for operating a concern and holding a liquor license” and that “the Department volition stock immoderate collected grounds with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for imaginable transgression liability.”

In a video posted by Chris Nelson, who attended the show successful Ft. Lauderdale, helium is seen confronting 1 of the performers regarding the inappropriate beingness of children successful the audience. He was soundly booed by the assemblage and—rather than addressing his interest that children were being exposed to sexually explicit performances—police made him permission the property.

‘All Ages Welcome’

According to a notice posted by Ruth Eckerd Hall for the upcoming Dec. 29 show successful Clearwater, Florida, “this show has big themes and content.” It besides states that “admission is constricted to patrons 18 years of property oregon over” and “proof of property volition beryllium required.” Ticket prices tally $43, $58, and $83. Meet and Greet bundle tickets, which see s photograph and autograph sessions with “all the queens,” and an “official circuit poster,” outgo $158.

“The Department often conducts investigations into these matters upon tips provided by the public,” Griffin stated further, “and we convey the nationalist for continuing to bring attraction to these incidents. Investigations of specified allegations volition stay a precedence for the Department and, indeed, are ongoing.”

As antecedently reported by The Epoch Times successful June, inappropriate behaviour by performers besides took spot successful a resistance amusement astatine a cheery barroom successful Texas, which was besides attended by children. In response, authorities representatives successful Texas and Florida vowed to present authorities that would marque it a felony for an big to bring a kid to a resistance show, with nonaccomplishment of parental rights arsenic a imaginable consequence. So far, neither authorities has officially filed a measure addressing resistance shows attended by children.

According to the Drag Fans website, Drag Queen Christmas opened astatine the Motor City Casino connected Nov. 16. Three further shows were scheduled for Florida connected Dec. 27 successful Miami, Dec. 28 successful Orlando, and successful Clearwater connected Dec. 29.  According to the website, “All our events are ‘All Ages Welcome’ unless different noted connected the marketing, the summons oregon the venue website successful each section city.

A Nov. 25 show astatine the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts successful Virginia Beach was promoted as “All ages welcome!”

‘Well Beyond the Gray Area’

In a video posted connected societal media from a 2021 show of the tour, 2 resistance queens converse with a 12-year-old antheral kid successful the assemblage named “Logan,” asking if helium had been fixed “another drink” during intermission. The brace flirt with the kid from the stage, making age-inappropriate intersexual suggestions laced with extended profanity. Much clip is spent promoting the acquisition of “merch,” and selling their ain marque of vodka, which they portion connected stage. In a video from a 2020 performance, a resistance queen—dressed successful a demon costume with what appears to beryllium humor dripping from his mouth—sings “all I privation for Christmas is you.”

Following complaints and an organized protestation by spiritual groups, and threats from a Republican lawmaker to person constabulary unopen it down, amusement organizers restricted entree to a Drag Queen Christmas Dec. 21 show astatine The Factory successful St. Louis, Missouri to radical 18 and older.

The lawsuit venue added an 18+ request aft hosting it the erstwhile twelvemonth without one.

State Senator Bill Eigel, a Weldon Spring Republican exploring a 2024 Republican superior bid for governor, said portions of the amusement could technically transverse a ineligible enactment of what Missouri authorities instrumentality defines arsenic kid pornography.

“From what I’ve seen, this is good beyond the grey area,” Eigel told KSDK. “This is simply a highly sexualized accumulation that is inappropriate and truly amerciable to amusement to children successful the authorities of Missouri.”

Patricia Tolson

Patricia Tolson, an award-winning nationalist investigative newsman with 20 years of experience, has worked for specified quality outlets arsenic Yahoo!, U.S. News, and The Tampa Free Press. With The Epoch Times, Patricia’s in-depth investigative sum of quality involvement stories, predetermination policies, education, schoolhouse boards, and parental rights has achieved planetary exposure. Send her your communicative ideas: [email protected]