Gov. DeSantis cites 1947 law in complaint against Miami restaurant that hosted drag show with kids in attendance

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has filed a complaint against “R House” in Miami after a viral video showed children watching a drag brunch event hosted by the restaurant.

The video was posted by “The Libs of TikTok” on Twitter and garnered over 3 million views. The video was shielded by Twitter, who marked the video “potentially sensitive.”

The complaint states that the restaurant R House violated a 1947 state public nuisance law by behaving “manifestly injurious to the morals or manners of the people.”

DeSantis referred to a law enacted in 1947 where the State Supreme Court concluded that “men impersonating women” in a “suggestive or indecent” way amounts to a public nuisance. The complaint also alleges that by R House hosting inappropriate drag shows for children, it is found to be in business for “for the purpose of lewdness.”

The complaint stated: “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 stuffed with dollar bills — a practice that is commonly known to occur at strip clubs. The dancer’s breasts — unmistakably female in appearance — were also fully exposed except for the nipple and areola, which were covered with adhesive ‘pasties.’”

DeSantis spoke at a press conference on Wednesday and stated that a drag was wearing “lingerie” whilst walking with a child. “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.”

“That is not the way you look out for our children,” DeSantis continued. “You do not expose them to things that are inappropriate.” He added, “You think to yourself: Give me a break. What’s going on?”

R House said they are working with their attorney to try and “rectify the situation.” The restaurant said in a statement to NBC: “We are an inclusive establishment and welcome all people to visit our restaurant. We are hopeful that Gov. DeSantis, a vociferous supporter and champion of Florida’s hospitality industry and small businesses, will see this as what it is, a misunderstanding, and that the matter will be resolved positively and promptly.”




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