Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is targeting the liquor license of an entity that it alleges allowed minors to attend a sleazy drag performance.
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation claims in a complaint that "performers engaged in acts of sexual conduct, simulated sexual activity, and lewd, vulgar, and indecent displays" — the complaint says that videos at the event "included images of exposed female breasts with less than a fully opaque covering, portrayals of simulated masturbation, and other sexually explicit content."
"The Show also contained sexually explicit themes and prurient content presented through sexualized adaptions of popular children's Christmas songs," the complaint alleges.
The department had warned that action would be taken if minors were permitted to attend the performance.
"To avoid action being taken against your license, it is your obligation to ensure that minors are prohibited from attending the Drag Fans drag show. If minors are allowed to attend this drag show, the Department will take any and all actions available to ensure that you do not pose a threat to minors in the future," DBPR secretary Melanie Griffin warned the Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation, Inc. in the December 28 note. The drag show was held at the Plaza Live venue in Orlando, Florida.
But the complaint alleges that minors were permitted to attend the performance.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin said in a statement that "the Department is revoking the venue's license for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages."
The outlet also indicated that DBPR spokesperson Beth Pannell noted that the venue may keep selling alcohol "until final action is taken by the agency in accordance with Florida’s Administrative Procedure Act."
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