Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) has filed a formal complaint against R House, the Miami bar and restaurant that hosts drag queen shows on the weekend where little children are in attendance.
This could lead to them closing up for good, because the penalty if they are found guilty, includes the loss of the restaurant’s liquor license.
That is where the biggest profits are. The food is not enough to keep the doors open.
DeSantis told reporters :
“[N]ot only were there minors, there — and these are sexually explicit drag shows — the bar had a children’s menu. And you think to yourself: ‘Give me a break, what’s going on?’”
The R House became nationally known after the Libs of TikTok shared a video of a drag queen with female-shaped breasts with pasties and dollars hanging out of a g-string is seen prancing around the floor with a young girl.
The complaint lists other examples of where young kids were forced to participate. It claims that another child “between the ages of ten and twelve” was also recently “seen recoiling and turning away in her seat as a Brunch performer climbed on the back of the child’s bench, squatted, and gyrated a couple of feet above the child’s head.”
The first lady of Florida, Casey DeSantis, agreed: “Speaking on behalf of A LOT of moms across the state, we do not want our children exposed to inappropriate sexualized content. Full stop.”
The owners of R House, listed on the restaurant website as Rocco Carulli and his husband Owen Bale, have 21 days to respond to the complaint. R House stands to lose its liquor license, depending on the outcome of the legal process.
“[P]erfomances and simulated sexual activity — particularly when conducted in the presence of young children — constituted lewd activity and warrants revocation of respondent’s license,” the complaint states.
R House has released a public response to the complaint:
“We are an inclusive establishment and welcome all people to visit our restaurant. We are hopeful that Governor 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.”