It has been reported that Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will revoke the Hyatt Regency Miami liquor license due to the venue’s hosting of A Drag Queen Christmas with minors in the audience. This has been met with praise from Rev. Franklin Graham, leader of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Samaritan’s Purse.
Ron DeSantis, the governor, is strict; Graham said on social media, adding that the liquor license of a big Miami hotel is being revoked because they held a drag queen concert with children in attendance after being advised not to.
As Graham put it, it’s nice to see a leader that isn’t afraid to fight for what’s right.
Graham linked a report stating that the event, held on December 27th at the James L. Knight Center, connected to the hotel, was the subject of a 17-page complaint filed this week by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.
According to Bryan Griffin, a spokesman for DeSantis, it is illegal in Florida to show sexually explicit information to minors. Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, is a staunch defender of kids’ right to learn in a safe environment.
According to the state’s complaint, Hyatt advertised the Show using narrowly tailored Christmas-themed promotional materials without indicating that the acts and other content were sexually explicit.
According to the complaint, the Respondent’s advertising made it clear that people of all ages were welcome to the Show, despite the fact that its sexually explicit nature meant it was inappropriate for children.
The complaint stated that prior to the event, the state of Florida sent a letter to Hyatt warning them that performances of sexually explicit drag shows constitute public nuisances, lewd activity, and disorderly conduct when minors are in attendance and that the hotel’s license would be subject to penalties up to and including revocation if it failed to guarantee that minors were prohibited from attending such performances.
The lawsuit claimed that throughout the Show, various actors and actresses engaged in explicit sexual acts or simulations of such actions and other filthy, vulgar, and indecent behavior.
It was alleged in the complaint that movies screened behind the performers depicted simulated masturbation and other sexually graphic information, including images of female breasts that were not entirely covered.
According to the lawsuit, the Show also featured warped renditions of popular Christmas songs for kids that featured sexually explicit themes and lustful content.
There was also a rendition of Screwdolph the Red-Nippled Reindeer in the Show.
The state claims that throughout the period relevant to this Complaint, Respondent had exclusive right, power, and control over the Licensed Premises, all performances held therein, and all persons admitted therein. As a result, Respondent allowed and supported the Performance on its Licensed Premises. The admissions policies led directly to the alleged abuse of minors.