Florida Governor Ron DeSantis targets Wynwood R House restaurant for popular drag show

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WYNWOOD, Florida. –Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration is targeting a local bar for what it considers indecent exposure.

The Wynwood facility offers weekend drag shows, according to the governor, which are sexually explicit and should not be conducted in the presence of young children.

The Governor hinted that R House could lose its liquor license because of this.

The colorful and hugely popular drag shows are what R House is best known for.

This is also why he is now under state investigation.

DeSantis points to videos on social media showing children in the presence of drag queens in performances at the Wynwood bar and restaurant that he considers sexually explicit.

“There was a video from Dallas where they had all these young kids, putting money in these drag queens’ underwear,” DeSantis said. “Having children involved in this is wrong. This is not in accordance with our law and policy in the State of Florida. »

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DeSantis says officers from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation visited the scene.

“What they found was not just that there were underage for some of them, and it was sexually explicit drag shows, the bar had a kids menu,” he said. he declares.

Alex Fernandez, who performs at R House under the stage name Maritrini, says drag shows are an art form and not sexually explicit content.

He believes it should be up to each parent to decide what is right for their children.

The owners of R House did not respond to Local 10 News’ request for an on-camera interview, but did send us a statement that read:

“We are aware of the complaint and are currently working with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, through our attorney, to rectify the situation. We hope that Governor DeSantis, a strong supporter and champion of Florida’s hospitality industry and small businesses, will see this for what it is, a misunderstanding, and that the matter will be resolved positively and quickly.

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