Put kids at risk in Florida and you will pay the consequences. That’s the message in a hand-delivered ultimatum from the DeSantis administration, issued in the Governor’s name and the Secretary of Business and Professional Regulation on official letterhead.
“if you allow children to attend the Drag Fans drag show at your facility, you are putting your license in jeopardy,” wrote Secretary Melanie S. Griffin in the not-messing-around-anymore direct threat.
It’s about time someone put a stop to this madness, and the perpetrators paid a price.
BREAKING: DeSantis Administration warns Orlando venue about children at drag show tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZljZchUgVZ
— The Florida Standard (@theflstandard) December 28, 2022
“It has come to the Department’s attention that you have contracted with Big Time Operator, LLC d/b/a ‘Drag Fans’ to offer the use of your licensed premises to conduct the ‘drag show’ performance ‘A Drag Queen Christmas,’” the letter says. “The Department has reason to believe that this drag show is of a sexual nature, involving the exposure or exhibition of sexual organs, simulated sexual activity, and/or the sexualization of children’s stories. The Department has also become aware that drag shows by Drag Fans have been marketed to and attended by minors, including young children.”
“Sexually explicit drag show performances constitute public nuisances, lewd activity, and disorderly conduct when minors are in attendance,” it says. “Accordingly, Florida’s licensure laws provide strict penalties for licensees who allow minors to attend these drag shows at their licensed premises.”
The show has been promoted as fun for all ages, despite it’s graphic nature and content. And that will not be tolerated, the DeSantis government is stating clearly and emphatically.
“Penalties range up to and include revocation of the license pertaining to the licensed premises,” the secretary writes. “In short, if you allow children to attend the Drag Fans drag show at your facility, you are putting your license in jeopardy.”
— Chris Nelson 🇺🇸 🏝 (@ReOpenChris) December 28, 2022
“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.”
That ending is a BOOM. And it’s also going to provoke a hella reaction from the press, who will probably pressure the venue into sticking to their disgusting filthy guns.
And then it is on, y’all.