Florida Files Complaint Against Miami Bar for Hosting Child Drag Show with Exposed Performer

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

July 27, 2022 Updated 1:43 PM ET

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July 27, 2022 Updated 9:56 A.M. ET

MIAMI (FLV) – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) served a complaint to a Miami bar for hosting drag shows for children, which included an obscene performer dancing with children in a viral video.

A viral video of the bar, R House Wynwood, showed a provocative performer leading a young child around the restaurant to dance. The bar reportedly has 21 days to respond to the administrative complaint. The bar could lose its liquor license if it is found to be in violation of local laws and codes.

The Twitter account, “Libs of Tik Tok,” first notified the public about the drag queen with exposed breasts and money stuffed in her outfit while holding the hand of a little girl. The complaint said the girl is between three and five years old.

Gov. Ron DeSantis commented on the “disturbing” incident that took place at the bar.

“We said wait a minute, having kids involved in this is wrong. That is not consistent with our law and policy in the state of Florida. And it is a disturbing trend in our society to try to sexualize these young people,” DeSantis said. “That is not the way you look out for our children. You protect children. You do not expose them to things that are inappropriate.”

People were outraged to see the video when “Libs of Tik Tok” exposed what happened. Media personality Lauren Chen posted the video July 2nd and called on people to do something about it.

“These people belong in jail,” Chen said. “This is a hill I’m willing to die on.”

In June, DeSantis said his staff would look into ways to prevent kids from being exposed to drag shows. Those comments took place after a video surfaced showing a provocative dancer at a child drag show in Dallas, Texas. 

DeSantis Looking into Banning Drag Shows for Kids: ‘That is Not Something Children Should be Exposed to’

“So we’re going to look to see what could be done under existing statutes,” DeSantis said. “But I do think targeting these kids with all this stuff, you know, it used to be kids would be off limits.”

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