The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has launched an investigation into a Christmas-themed drag show that was marketed to “all-ages,” according to the Twitter account Libs of TikTok.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale hosted “A Drag Queen Christmas” on Dec. 26, according to an archived version of its website.
The DBPR reportedly issued a statement Tuesday afternoon to announce it would investigate the performance which was described as “sexually explicit” and “marketed to children.”
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“The Department is actively investigating this matter, including video footage and photographs from the event,” the statement, published by Libs of TikTok, reads. “DPBR will, like in other cases, take action.”
The statement then reminded readers that “exposing children to sexually explicit activity is a crime in Florida” and violates the department’s liquor license standards, according to Libs of TikTok’s post.
“The Department will share any collected evidence with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for potential criminal liability,” the statement obtained by Libs of TikTok continued. “The Department frequently conducts investigations into these matters upon tips provided by the public, and we thank the public for continuing to bring attention to these incidents. Investigations of such allegations will remain a priority for the Department and, indeed, are ongoing.”
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The show reportedly features sexually explicit scenes and displays partial nudity. During its Austin, Texas, show two performers appeared to simulate anal sex during an act called “Screwdolph the Red Nippled Reindeer.” Another performer showed off fake breasts.
“A Drag Queen Christmas” began its nation-wide 2022 tour in November and is scheduled to have its final performance on Dec. 29, according to its flyer.
The final stretch of the tour will take place in different Florida cities including Miami, Orlando, and Clearwater.