Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is citing a 75-year-old court ruling to go after a Miami drag show in an try and shut it down.
The Florida Department of Business and Skilled Regulation filed an administrative criticism for disorderly conduct against R House restaurant, citing the state Supreme Court ruling against “men impersonating women.”
DeSantis said at a news conference Wednesday that a video taken within the restaurant shows a toddler walking with a drag performer wearing “lingerie.”
He said investigators found minors present and a “children’s menu” for the favored outdoor bunches at R House, DeSantis added, “You’re thinking that to yourself: Give me a break. What’s occurring?”
In keeping with the criticism, a replica of which was obtained by NBC News: “The video shows what appears to be a transgender dancer leading a young girl by the hand and walking through Respondent’s dining area. The dancer’s buttocks were fully exposed, and his ‘g-string’-style bikini bottom was filled with dollar bills.” The dancer’s breasts were also “fully exposed,” noted the criticism.
The criticism alleges that R House violated state public nuisance law by becoming “manifestly injurious to the morals or manners of the people.”
The department cited the 1947 Florida Supreme Court decision that found that “men impersonating women” in a “suggestive” performance constitutes a public nuisance.
LGBTQ activists view the motion because the opening of a campaign to shut down all drag shows — and go after trans people.
DeSantis has a listing and LGBTQ Floridians and now business owners are at the highest of it.
In case you aren’t speaking out because you’re thinking that this does not affect you or your freedoms, how long will you wait to search out out you were improper? https://t.co/4Cj1sjSvBJ
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) July 29, 2022
The restaurant told NBC in an announcement that it’s working with the department through its attorney to “rectify the situation.”
“We’re an inclusive establishment and welcome all people to go to our restaurant,” it said. “We’re hopeful that Gov. DeSantis, a vociferous supporter and champion of Florida’s hospitality industry and small businesses, will see this as what it’s, a misunderstanding, and that the matter might be resolved positively and promptly.”
If the criticism is successful, the state could revoke the restaurant’s liquor license, which could significantly hurt business.
DeSantis is concentrated on targeting the LGBTQ community in drag shows — and in public schools together with his recent “Don’t Say Gay” law.
Tampa hosted the right-wing Turning Point USA’s Student Motion Summit last week, where Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) touted Christian nationalism inside and neo-Nazis waved swastika flags outside. DeSantis condemned neither.