Angry Scenes Outside Texas Drag Brunch

There were confrontations between people in support of and against a drag brunch at a restaurant in Roanoke, Texas, on Sunday, August 28, bodycam footage shows.

Footage by the Anderson Distillery and Grill shows attempts to separate supporters of the event and protesters outside the venue. Several people are seen shouting and pushing, as others argue.

The event, advertised as Barrel Babes Drag Brunch, had drawn complaints and calls for protests online, local media said.

The founder of Anderson Distillery and Grill, Jay Anderson, said on Facebook before the event that: “It was never my intention to host an event that would result in controversy, hate and divisiveness. It is my intention to welcome people from ALL walks of life into Anderson Distillery & Grill.”

Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club said on Twitter that they were present at the event “to facilitate a happy and peaceful event for families by protecting the community.” They said attendees at the event were offered an armed escort away from the venue.

Sgt Ryan Otero of the Roanoke Police told local media that no arrests were made. He added that police had been stationed in the area and that the protest was planned. Credit: Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club via Storyful

Video transcript

- [CHANTING] Stop the child abuse. Stop the child abuse. Stop the child abuse. Stop--

- -- right? Hey, we're going to-- hey.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- You should all be in jail, all of you. You should all be in jail.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- All of you, jail, jail time. That's what--

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Drag queens are not for children. They are adult entertainment. They are adult entertainment. You're sexualizing kids.

- Hey, control your people.

- There's no way to sugarcoat it, baby. You're a pervert.

- The locals don't like you. You should leave.

- They don't want you here. They said they don't want you back there.

- No, you're from out of town.

- They don't those people here. They don't want you here. Coward.

- No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, hey, you back off, too. You back off, too. Ma'am, both of you back--

- [MUTED] put your hands on people.

- Hey, both [MUTED], back off.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Both of you back off, please.

- Do you want [MUTED] put your hands on somebody?

- Both of you back off, please, please.

- Put your [MUTED] hands on me!

- Please, this is a good event.

- Your breath smells so bad.

- They failed.

- That's what I [MUTED] thought!

- They failed to disrupt the event, please.

- That's right. [MUTED] off. Get the [MUTED] out of here, you fat [MUTED]! Oh.

- Please, please, please, please.

- Come on. Bring it! Bring it! Bring it!

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- There's nothing you can do about it.

- You can't keep me from being here. Dumb [MUTED].

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- So we can stand together.

- No, I'll stand here. You can stand there.

- Perfect.

- That's fine. But just don't tell me I can't be somewhere.

- Did you serve in the military?

- Yeah, I fought 23 years--

- No, probably not.

- --so y'all can do what you do.

- I bet 90% of the people didn't serve in the military.

- Who cares?

- Yeah, I care. Because, you know what? I fought for y'all's freedoms, so y'all can have these rights.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Shame on you. Shame on you.

- You're so proud.

- Shame on you.

- Yeah, whatever. You don't intimidate me.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- You know what? We ain't intimidated.

- Do you want these men on their knees for you? Is that what you're saying?

- That's just--

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- That doesn't make you a bad person or anything.

- Really?

- Excuse me, ma'am, you need to be on the other side of the street.

- Come on now.

- The protest is on the other side of the street. You need to go to the other side of the street.

- [MUTED] where to go. [MUTED]

- --street.

- Don't tell me where to go.

- You need go to the other--

[MUTED]

- --to the other side of the street.

- Why? Are you going to shoot me?

- You need to go back to the other side of the street?

- Why, are you going to shoot me?

- You need to go back to the other side of the street.

- Are you going to shoot me?

- Go back to the other side of the street.

[MUTED]

- You need to go back to the other side of the street. Go back to the other side. Go back to the other side.

- Go back to where you belong.

- All protesters need to go back to the other side. All protesters need to go [MUTED] to the other side. Protesters, go back to your side! There's no need for this! Go back to your side! Go back to your side! Hey, chill, chill, chill.

- [MUTED] I'll knock you down, and I'll [MUTED] you.

- That's like the fifth threat today.

- Strange times.

- If you are a protester, you need to--

- You're going to need it before you take on [MUTED].

- --return.

[MUTED]

- Return to the other side.