Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (WSVN) – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his office will investigate a Christmas drag show accused of being indecent to children.
The event was held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on Monday as part of the “Christmas in Drag Queens” national tour.
There was also a performance Tuesday at the James Knight Center in Miami.
The show has been accused of exposing children to pornography.
After Monday’s show, state officials released a statement that read: “The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has been made aware of multiple complaints regarding the sexually explicit performance against children held in Fort Lauderdale on December 26. Let Child exposure to sexually explicit activity is a crime in Florida and is a violation of the department’s licensing standards for operating a business and holding a liquor license.”
Just before Tuesday’s show, another letter from the state read: “In short, if you allow children to participate in drag fanatic shows at your facility, your license is at risk. “
Javier Manjarres, writer for Florida First, said the letter was sent to organizers of Tuesday’s show.
“I don’t think the problem is that kids will drag the show, I think it’s just the sex there,” Manjarres said.
He took part in Tuesday’s show.
“They put on a great show, but would I take my 10-year-old, 4-year-old, let alone 2-year-old daughter to the event? [no],” He said.
Other parents see it differently.
7News spoke to a woman who took her daughter to the show.
“I love it, I think it’s great,” the woman said. “I’m a big fan of drag. I’m a big fan of any kind of theatrical performance.”
She feels a state inquiry is unnecessary.
“By making the law, it’s telling children that it’s problematic to live differently,” the woman said. “Instead, we should be teaching that diversity exists. Not everyone is the same, and that’s okay.”
in a past incident Wynwood R HouseParents who take their children to these events could be targeted by state child protective services, DeSantis said.
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