Awhile back I mentioned Chicken John buying the Odeon Bar
in San Francisco. Well, one of the great highlights of the bar was Porn-e-okie: karaoke where all the songs were synchronized with twisted porn video accompaniment. The overall effect is something akin to highly amusing performance art. It's also a highly amusing, fun way to spend an evening.
Well, looks like the SFPD made it a requirement that in order to get a liquor license, the owner had to sign a paper promising to never do Porn-E-Okie again as it is in direct and "willful and wanton disregard of public welfare and morals, and Rule 64.2 of Chapter
1, Title 4 of the California Code of Regulations."
Can you believe this is happening in San Francisco, where you can go to tons of places, get a drink, and see people in various stages of undress having varying degrees of public sex? You can go to art galleries and see explicitly sexual images, including the occasional bit of multimedia nudity with your wine and brie... or go on a walking tour of the Castro and try popping into seemingly innocuous shops without seeing gay porn somewhere... hell, everywhere! Frankly, I don't think they would try to get away with this in a gay club. Too many people would be complaining about discrimination. Frankly, this seems like an intentional attempt to keep everything happily, boringly status quo.
Want the SFPD to spend their time on things that are more important than dictating terms to bars and clubs as to what constitutes acceptable entertainment? Contact Tom Ammiano
, the president of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, and Willie Brown
, the mayor of San Francisco, and ask them nicely to look into this matter. If you live in San Francisco, you may also want to contact your local supervisor
. Couldn't hurt...