Ron DeSantis administration orders investigation into Miami restaurant that hosts drag brunches

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration has ordered an investigation of a Miami restaurant that hosts drag brunches after a viral video showed a nude dancer flaunting around a little girl.

The short video taken around July 3 shows a girl – who appears to be aged between two and four –  wearing a tiara as a drag queen exposing her bare breast with pasties and a thong filled with money walks her around the R House Wynwood restaurant. 

The drag queen posted the video on TikTok with the caption, ‘Children belong at drag shows!!!! Children deserve to see fun & expression & freedom.’ 

DeSantis’ administration filed a complaint against the Miami restaurant claiming, ‘The sexualized nature of the Brunch performances is pervasive’ while citing multiple instances in which children have been present to observe the performances of dancers nearly naked.

The complaint obtained by DailyMail.com argues that ‘Florida Statutes, prohibits unlawful exposure of sexual organs. Specifically, it provides that “exposing or exhibiting … sexual organs in public or on private premises of another… in a vulgar or indecent manner” is unlawful.’ 

The investigation opens up the possibility of the restaurant losing its liquor license, an act that could put it out of business. 

A video of a nearly naked drag queen with a little girl at a Miami Restaurant went viral. The video prompted a state investigation

A video of a nearly naked drag queen with a little girl at a Miami Restaurant went viral. The video prompted a state investigation 

The video had a caption inserted saying, 'Children belong at drag shows!!!! Children deserve to see fun & expression & freedom

The video had a caption inserted saying, ‘Children belong at drag shows!!!! Children deserve to see fun & expression & freedom

 DeSantis spoke on the manner at a Wednesday press conference.

‘There was a video out of Dallas where they had all these young kids putting money in the underwear of these drag queens at a bar, and that’s totally unacceptable, and I said that at the time,’ DeSantis said.

‘Then what happened was a week or two later there was a video from a place who had similar stuff and then that was identified as being in Florida.’

He continued, ‘So we said, “wait a minute, having kids involved in this is wrong, that is not consistent with our law and policy in the state of Florida and it is a disturbing trend in our society to try to sexualize these young people. That is not the way you look out for our children. You protect children. You do not expose them to things that are inappropriate.’

After the video from R House Wynwood restaurant went viral, the state started an investigation.

‘They actually had agents going to this place and conducting effectively just gathering information – getting intelligence – seeing what’s going on. What they found was not only were there minors for some of these, and these are sexually explicit drag shows, the bar had a children’s menu.’

DeSantis was referring to the restaurant’s’ Drag Brunch’ menu that shows a kids selection for those up to 12 years of age.

‘Choice of any 2 items from above selection, soft drinks and of course our fabulous show,’ the menu reads.

Investigators were able to collect evidence that would validate the possibility for the restaurant to lose its liquor license, DeSantis said.

Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed the controversy at a Wednesday's press conference claiming, 'You protect children. You do not expose them to things that are inappropriate'

Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed the controversy at a Wednesday’s press conference claiming, ‘You protect children. You do not expose them to things that are inappropriate’

A R House Wynwood spokesperson told DailyMail.com that they ‘are aware of the complaint and are currently working with the Department of Business… to resolve the situation.’ 

‘We are an inclusive establishment and welcome all people to visit our restaurant,’ a spokesperson said. ‘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.’ 

The R House Wynwood restaurant said the situation was a 'misunderstanding' and they hope 'the manner will be resolved positively and promptly'

The R House Wynwood restaurant said the situation was a ‘misunderstanding’ and they hope ‘the manner will be resolved positively and promptly’

The Florida drag show is one of many that have come into the spotlight. Recently, a video from 2021 surfaced of a young girl tipping a drag queen baring a huge set of synthetic breasts during a ‘family-friendly’ event at a Michigan gay venue.

The child, whose age was not disclosed, passed a bill to RuPaul’s Drag Race star Yara Sofia at Hamburger Mary’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the clip.

She was sat on the knee of an adult woman at the time, who smiled warmly as the youngster tipped the performer, whose real name is Gabriel Burgos Ortiz.

Sofia strutted around the bar wearing a pair of large fake breasts that hung outside her costumes, complete with tiny yellow pasties covering the nipples in what appeared to be an arch attempt at modesty.

It was originally posted by a TikTok user DavidLovesDragOk and has since been re-shared by anti-woke Twitter account Libs of TikTok amid growing concern about children being brought to sexualized shows in the name of diversity.

The Grand Rapids outlet of Hamburger Mary’s closed in January of this year, but its Facebook page is still active, complete with scores of fliers for events.

Many of them are explicitly advertised as being for audiences aged 18+ only.

Moment shows a little girl sitting on the knee of an adult at a Michigan drag show, tipping a performer displaying large, synthetic breasts during what was supposed to be a 'family friendly' event

Moment shows a little girl sitting on the knee of an adult at a Michigan drag show, tipping a performer displaying large, synthetic breasts during what was supposed to be a ‘family friendly’ event

DeSantis’ comments come amid rumors that his re-election campaign in Florida may be a stepping stone to the White House in 2024.

Rumors of his run are gaining momentum in the state of Michigan, according to a poll released Tuesday, where more than four in 10 Republicans said they’d prefer him over Donald Trump.

Winning Michigan was critical to President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, after the state narrowly went to Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

And it appears the former president’s influence over GOP voters there is continuing to slip, the new survey from WDIV and Detroit News suggests.

Out of a choice between DeSantis and Trump in the 2024 Republican primary, 45.2% said they would back the commander-in-chief.

DeSantis is less than four points behind with a 41.6% share of support. Just over 12% said they were undecided.

Donald Trump helped DeSantis win the Florida governorship with his endorsement But the Republican leader has since carved out his own name as one of the biggest Biden administration critics

Donald Trump helped DeSantis win the Florida governorship with his endorsement, but the popular Republican leader has since carved out his own name as one of the biggest Biden administration critics

This poll taken of Michigan GOP voters shows Ron DeSantis' national profile rising in key battleground states

This poll taken of Michigan GOP voters shows Ron DeSantis’ national profile rising in key battleground states

Florida’s Republican leader has built a national brand for himself as one of the most vocal opponents of the Biden administration.

He’s clashed with the president on a number of fronts, from refusing to implement COVID-19 measures to Florida’s Parental Rights In Education law, which Democrats and other critics have dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.

But despite clinching the governorship with Trump’s endorsement in 2018, DeSantis has not ruled out challenging the ex-president for the White House.

In his home state of Florida, a poll taken on July 15 projects DeSantis soundly walloping Trump at the ballot box.

Just 33% of Republican Sunshine State voters said they’d back Trump, while 51% support DeSantis, according to the Victory Insights survey released Monday. The rest were undecided.

A straw poll in Wisconsin taken in May also shows DeSantis with a 38% share of a wider pool of GOP candidates. Trump followed closely behind with 32% and Nikki Haley came in at a distant third.

In New Hampshire, where the first presidential primary is traditionally held, DeSantis bests Trump by a modest two points to secure 39% support among voters there. The poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center in June.

But in Tuesday’s Michigan poll, it appears Trump has voters’ support to run again – at least for now.

Sixty-four percent of Republicans surveyed said they support Trump running for re-election a third time – 48% who ‘strongly’ believe in him, while 16% said they ‘somewhat’ back him.

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