Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is trying to revoke the liquor license of a music foundation that hosted a drag-themed Christmas show featuring children.
Axios reported that the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation filed the complaint against the Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation on Friday.
The petition noted that the foundation was operating as a “performing arts center” when they were licensed to serve alcoholic beverages during the “Drag Queen Christmas” show three days after Christmas 2022.
The DBPR complaint provides several images of young children on the show despite its “sexually explicit nature”.
They allege that the Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation “violated state law by allowing a person to perform a lewd or lascivious exhibition ‘in the presence of a victim under the age of 16.'”
Other exhibits included in the filing show that minors were able to witness performers “wearing sexually suggestive clothing and female genitalia” and engaging in “simulated sexual activity.”
Revoking the liquor license of a venue that violates the law by allowing minors to participate in sexually explicit performances is a perfectly appropriate exercise of state power. If your state leaders aren’t doing the same, you want to know why. https://t.co/CTnDyWHu6i
— Megan Basham (@megbasham) February 5, 2023
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The Political Insider previously reported that the DeSantis administration is targeting another drag event in Fort Lauderdale at the same time as the Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation drag show that allegedly exposed children to “sexual activity.”
Brian Griffin, the governor’s press secretary, issued a statement at the time and even hinted that the DBPR was looking at criminal charges if the investigation found that the children were exposed to “sexually explicit activity.”
“Exposing children to sexual activity is a crime in Florida, and such conduct violates the department’s licensing standards for operating a business and holding a liquor license,” the statement said.
Thanks to those who flagged the event for us. See the following statement: pic.twitter.com/D8N8a6SPNa
— Brian Griffin (@bryandigriffin) December 27, 2022
Pushing sexual content on children as a way to normalize it is not something DeSantis seems to ever shy away from, drag show or otherwise.
Florida’s governor famously signed the Parents’ Rights Act that bars teachers and school districts from offering classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade.
As former White House press secretary Jane Psaki breaks down in tears, you might think, you might think, not to have sexual conversations with children.
Jane Psaki, who has an MSNBC gig lined up, broke down in tears while discussing the Florida law in an interview. @Jessica Yellin
“I’m going to be passionate about this issue because it’s terrible … it’s an issue that drives me completely crazy.” pic.twitter.com/SQNDM2TY6F
— Charlie Spearing (@charliespeering) April 19, 2022
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Joy Reid Says DeSantis Is Turning Florida Into ‘Right-Wing Fantasy Land’
The same media and Democrats who would have condemned DeSantis for pursuing a business’s liquor license for trying to inundate children with sexual performances, not too long ago, cheered the former New York governor for doing the same to businesses. Social distancing orders.
In other words, they have no moral high ground to argue the matter.
MSNBC host Joy Reid was recently upset in part by Governor DeSantis’ efforts to protect children from pornographic drag shows.
“He’s taking aim at the draggy performance, even suggesting he’ll ask the state’s child protective services to investigate parents who take their own kids to one,” the left-leaning host lamented.
of MSNBC @joyunread:” @GovRonDeSantis Turning Fla. into a right-wing paradise where the focus is not on health care or jobs or taxes or infrastructure or … rather right-wing culture wars … like Disney World, but hell. Come to Fla, the worst place on earth.” pic.twitter.com/94J6QPcXdL
— Tom Elliot (@tomselliot) February 1, 2023
No, Joy, Hell is a state that allows children to be subjected to sexualized drag shows while adults who should know better do nothing about it, or worse, actively cheer. groomers.