DeSantis suggests state may ‘deal with’ parents who take children to sexualized drag queen shows
Nationwide debate erupted after videos surfaced of kids watching sexualized performances in Texas.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week strongly implied that the state might take action against parents who take their children to highly sexualized environments like that of a recent “drag queen” show in Texas at which many children were present.
Controversy exploded over the past week after widespread video showed a Dallas-area event in which children watched men dressed as women performing dance and burlesque routines at a bar.
Advocates and conservatives criticized the event, though many LGBT activists celebrated it as a positive environment for children.
DeSantis, meanwhile, suggested this week that, were the event to occur in Florida, parents might face consequences for taking their children to it.
“[W]e may have the ability to deal with that if something like that happens,” he told media when asked at a press conference about the controversy.
“You had these very young kids, and they must have been like 9, 10 years old, at a quote, 'drag show’,” DeSantis said, referencing a much-circulated picture in which a child was seen stuffing dollar bills into the underwear of a man.
“That is totally inappropriate. That is not something that children should be exposed to,” he added.
The governor added that kids used to be “off-limits - used to be everybody agreed with that.”
“Now it just seems like there's a concerted effort to be exposing kids more and more to things that are not age appropriate,” he argued.
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