Mixed reactions after governor files complaint against Miami bar

Festive Miami drag restaurant R House is caught in the crossfire. The popular Wynwood destination, where guests sip mimosas as they watch elaborately dressed entertainers in towering heels through the space, has been the target of a state complaint filed by the government of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The state claims that the drag shows expose minors to sexually explicit behavior and may encourage pedophiles.

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Drag Queen Kat Wilderness performs for guests at a Drag Brunch at R House Wynwood in Miami, Florida, on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Drag Queen Kat Wilderness performs for guests at a Drag Brunch at R House Wynwood in Miami, Florida, on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

The complaint seeks to compare the drag shows to strip club performances, arguing that the establishment’s license should be revoked and declared a nuisance.

Earlier this month, TikTok user @nononoie shared a video of a still-unidentified drag queen in a bikini, with bills in the thong, leading a little girl wearing a tiara past diners. The text on the screen read: “Children belong in drag shows! Children deserve to see fun, expression and freedom.”

The clip quickly went viral after conservative expert Lauren Chen retweeted itlamenting: “These people belong in prison. This is a hill on which I want to die.”

On Wednesday, Chen posted that she was pleased with DeSantis’ camp’s action against the site after Governor spokeswoman Christina Pushaw a National Review story tweeted about R House being under attack.

Chen relished the fact that the bar could lose its liquor license and potentially go out of business.

“This is how it’s done,” Chen wrote.

While some people sided with Chen and DeSantis, others were outraged that R House would be vilified and felt that children should not be shielded from this type of entertainment, no matter how wild.

Response on social media:

Andrew R, @kidcue, said it’s up to parents to know where they’re taking their kids.

KatRozza, @RozzaKat13, called for the closure of R House.

User @starrfire71 called for DeSantis to be removed from his position.

Raymond Trippy, @trippy1948, thanked the governor.

@centrisblues93 took a more neutral approach: “Um, I don’t like it when leftists try to do this sort of thing and I don’t like it when R’s do it either. There are better ways to handle this.”

Another thought that only the artist should be penalized, not the owners.

“That’s a bit hard”, thought @phsycottater360.

“Sounds very cancel culture,” posted Nonsense translator.

“Drag show and children should not be in the same sentence,” said @VnSafeguard.

Another social media user, @Sigurdreasoned that this bar is quite in line with the rest of the sexy American city.

“I’ve also seen worse things happen on the beaches of Miami, why aren’t right-wingers also outraged by what kids are exposed to on a daily basis in public?”

Another person, @gunhomacseems to have made up an original word: “They’ve just been sanitized.”

R House is primarily a restaurant serving Latin-inspired cuisine, but its popularity among Miami residents and tourists skyrocketed because of its weekend brunches.

The brunches, featuring performances by various drag artists and a DJ, have become so popular that reservations are booked weeks in advance.

R House’s website invites you to experience a “truly unforgettable brunch” with drag performers for $55 per person. The kids menu, $30, is for people up to 12 years; they get a choice of two food items (e.g. french toast, cheeseburger sliders, Cayenne fried chicken) and “of course our fantastic show.”

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