Anti-mask bar owner charged after ‘hosting illegal strip show’ at his venue


A bar owner is in hot water after staging a lockdown-busting strip show involving nudity and “touching customers in certain areas of their bodies,” according to a police report.

Undercover agents wearing body cameras attended the show at Westside Sports Bar & Grill in Florida, USA, on April Fools’ Day.

The bar is already notorious in the area due to owner Gary Kirby’s militant anti-mask attitude. He is on record as having said that no masks or social distancing would be allowed inside the establishment.

The show, featuring the all-male “Men of Utopia” dance trope, reportedly involved fully-nude performers giving customers lap-dances and touching customers in “certain areas of their bodies”, according to a police arrest affidavit.



Undercover agents with body cameras attended the all-male strip show on West New Haven Drive
Undercover agents with body cameras attended the all-male strip show on West New Haven Drive

Local by-laws banning the display of male genitals in public places were also broken, according to the police report.

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Facebook posts advertising the show promised muscular-looking dancers who were going to be stripping at the event.

Kirby, 31, told police that he knew the event would be against the law, and that he’d one ahead with despite having been previously warned by cops not to host it.



West Melbourne police say a number of city ordinances regulating adult entertainment were violated
West Melbourne police say a number of city ordinances regulating adult entertainment were violated

In the past Kirby has staged a number of other lockdown-busting events, including an “anti-lockdown” party on St. Patrick’s Day.

Republican politician Devin Nunes said at the time that Americans should be celebrating St Patrick’s Day as normal: “If you’re healthy, you and your family, it’s a great time to go out and go to a local restaurant, likely you can get in easy,” he told Fox News. “Let’s not hurt the working people in this country…go to your local pub.”

Kirby was booked at the Brevard County Jail and later released on $250 bond. He is being charged with operating an adult entertainment establishment in violation of municipal ordinance, an offence that can carry a fine of up to $500, or 60 days in jail.

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