Friday, September 16, 2005

If You Know What's Good Fer Ya

I didn't really hear about this until yesterday but this seems very wrong to me, Round Rock drag show prompts fire inspection:
"The constituents we've heard from are concerned about the immorality of it, that it's promoting homosexuality," said Maxwell, who spoke with coffee shop owner Sarah Roberts on Tuesday morning.
Is there a law against that in Round Rock?
Maxwell said he told Roberts, "Sarah, you've got to look out after your business. You've hit a lot of people's radar screens."

Roberts said that she and Maxwell had a friendly visit but that she defended herself.

"I told him there's not anybody with more morals and with more integrity," Roberts said. "I said, 'What's the big deal? This is . . . a talent performance. These guys were impersonating famous performers, and one of them was an acrobat.' "
Reminds me of one of those old westerns when someone is reminded that they need to do what there told if they know what's good for them.

How does the owner, Sara Roberts, respond?
Roberts said she reminded Maxwell about the annual junior high and high school tradition of dressing football players in cheerleading uniforms.

"Everybody thinks it's funny and cute," she said.

Roberts said most of the feedback she's received has been positive.

As for the overflow crowd, Roberts said she's drawn that many people to other events, including for Christian band shows, CD release parties and a 25th wedding anniversary.

"I've never had anybody question the occupancy of this place," she said. "They've never called and told me, this was the code, this was the ordinance. Now I know, and I'm glad."
Sounds logical to me. Well this is Williamson County and it's a whole different animal when it comes to people that, let me see, how should I say this, don't fit the type:
Maxwell said Roberts should pay attention to public perceptions if she's going to stay successful as a business owner.

"A single event like this will not affect the viability of business downtown or the overall environment or the family-first environment," he said. "We have too many strong, conservative values, and this is a single event. There may or not be more. That's up to how Sarah conducts her business."

Roberts said she'll book more drag shows if there is a demand.

Maxwell said although he wouldn't personally condone drag shows, "it is not my position to stand in judgment of how she runs a business as long as it's legal and it is not endangering the health of her employees or customers. This is not Sixth Street, Austin, Texas; this is Round Rock, and it's a world of difference."
Sounds like they're about ready to run her out of town. Wow, we really need some new leadership in this county. These people are just downright mean. Whether you agree with a drag show or not is really not the point. The point is does a business owner in Round Rock have the right to do what they please in their business as long as it's not against the law. This is sending a message to a business for doing something that offends the supposed moral values of some in a community. That is wrong. Isn't this something that governments around the world do that makes them look undemocratic and uncivilized?

More here from Pandagon, It turned out the actual problem was there's a law against dancing in Round Rock.


At 9/16/2005 11:37 PM, Blogger dembones said...

How many more examples of Republican hypocrisy do we need to see before we dispatch these simpletons to history's dustbin? For a party that trumpets the absolute importance of property rights, this is a stunning flip-flop. Property owners bristle when their development plans are screened for their impact on the environment. How can it be acceptable for them to tell Sarah Roberts what events she can have at her coffee house?

Personally, I find it offensive what Nyle Maxwell does at his place of business. Let us begin with the good-old-boy car dealer mentality that cuts the best deals to the whitest and most well-connected car buyers, while women and minorities pay full sticker price. Let us look at the cars Maxwell sells that are below the national average EPA fuel efficiency and above average in hydrocarbons and smog emissions.

There is a significant portion of the community who find car dealers offensive and a blight on our community. That wouldn't give us the right to ask the city government to officially pressure Maxwell to desist.

Whenever I see a button-down repug bashing gay people, it immediately makes me wonder why his hair and nails are always so perfect. Homophobia speaks more about the basher than the victim.


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