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Dave & Buster's blasted for reportedly sponsoring 'youth entertainers drag show'

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Dave & Buster's – the entertainment bar restaurant chain – is reportedly sponsoring an LGBTQ pride event that includes a "youth entertainers drag show." The controversial event has been criticized by many.

Dave & Buster's is known for entertainment, arcade games, and alcohol, but it is under fire for allegedly sponsoring a drag show event for children in Wisconsin.

The Libs of TikTok account noted: "Dave & Busters is sponsoring a pride event in Wisconsin where children will dress up in drag and perform a sexual-themed show as adults clap along and encourage them."

Social media posts from the N.E.W. Pride organization appear to confirm the LGBT event featuring "youth entertainers drag show."

Friday's schedule for the N.E.W. Pride events is expected to be restricted to ages "21+," but there does not appear to be any age restriction for Saturday's LGBTQ events.

The website for N.E.W. Pride – previously known as "Rainbow Over Wisconsin" – states: "Rainbow Over Wisconsin was founded in 1996 with the goal to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ Wisconsinites. Rainbow Over Wisconsin (ROW) produced many community events including Pride Alive, the ROW Gala, Pride Prom, and many others. Now, with a refreshed strategic direction that better serves Northeastern Wisconsin, ROW is becoming N.E.W. Pride."

According to social media posts from last year's N.E.W. Pride Alive event, small children engaged with drag queen performers.

The Dave & Buster's Twitter account had been blasted by commentators questioning the alleged sponsorship of the "youth entertainers drag show," but the arcade bar company had yet to respond to overwhelming criticism. A few have suggested a boycott of Dave & Buster's.

TheBlaze reached out for comment from Dave & Buster's regarding the "youth entertainers drag show," but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

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