Following backlash and citizen complaints, DFW-area restaurant Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection has restricted their upcoming “all-ages” drag show to an 18+ audience only.
Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection announced their upcoming drag show, called Fishnets and Heels, on their Facebook page last week. The event was to have two showtimes on Sunday, January 22—one at 3 p.m. and another at 5:30 p.m. While the later event was advertised as “18+,” the 3 p.m. event was open to all ages; according to the restaurant, this was at the request of the local community.
However, the announcement led to backlash on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Dozens of commenters said that they had no issue with 18+ drag shows but requested that the “all-ages” descriptor be removed from the event.
“I have no problem with 18+, which I assumed by the ad it was. I even thanked you for it. But I’ve seen on another community page you’re allowing children,” reads one response. “Respectfully, drag culture is not for children. Please do not allow them to attend. Please change both times to 18+.”
To the community’s surprise, the restaurant announced that each performance would be for 18+ audiences. Across social media platforms, grassroots activists have celebrated the restaurant’s alteration.
Another W for kids in Texas. Public pushback works. Hold the line. We will win the war. pic.twitter.com/msOmaDuAGn
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) January 17, 2023
One citizen, Susan Griffith, responded to the announcement, saying, “This is just a tiny win in a fight that will only rage harder. The angry mob of mentally disturbed leftist culture are over there wishing ill of the ones who want to protect children. Situations like this only add fuel to their fire. Likewise, it should add fuel to our own. I know it takes a lot to stand up for what you believe to be important—whatever that is. It’s even more difficult in the current environment where people fear losing their livelihood.”
Texas Family Project President Chris Hopper told Texas Scorecard, “In the world of shutting down ‘kid-friendly’ drag shows, we [TFP] celebrate every victory—even the seemingly small ones.”
Recently, Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection has changed an ‘all-ages’ drag show, which would have proven to be vulgar and obscene for children, to an 18+ event, which will not allow children to attend! This is a tremendous victory, not only for Texas Family Project, but for every honest, moral, and caring member of our society. When kids are exposed to sexual content, something in their brain is unlocked which should be dormant until age 12-13. When groups like TFP and our supporters apply pressure that causes kids to be removed from the crosshairs of sexually explicit content, kids truly are treated as the innocent and valued part of our culture that they are!
Lawmakers have filed legislation to restrict children from attending “all-ages” drag events. Citizens may use Texas Scorecard’s Elected Officials Directory to contact their elected representatives and ask how they plan to vote on such legislation.