11/18/2004: Via Rocky Top Brigade demi-god South Knox Bubba we learn....
that Hooter's has 'fessed up. They have admitted in court filings in a lawsuit that their business is sexploitation:
As if you didn't already know, lawyers for Hooters confirm they are in the sexploitation business:"Breastaurant"? I love it!"They are employed to entice and entertain. Their uniforms are designed to tempt and titillate . . . and the Hooter Girls enhance the titillation by their interaction with customers," a Hooters lawyer wrote the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. "In short, the Hooter Girls are the attraction, and the entertainment is the business."This is from an Orlando Sentinel article (free registration required) about a Hooter's lawsuit against a competitor. Hooters claims that their competitor, WingHouse, stole their idea of scantily clad women serving wings and beer to losers.
According to the article, Hooters SVP Michael McNeil said in a deposition that they are facing more and more competition from sports bars such as "Melons, Show-Me's, Bazookas, and Mugs 'n Jugs," or "breastaurants" as they are called in the trade. Hooters is claiming "trade dress infringement" and seeks to protect the "proprietary elements" of its "extraordinarily tactile environment."
But what's this about the "extraordinarily tactile environment"? In this context, "tactile" implies to me that the customers get to grope the waitresses. And somehow I find that hard to believe. The customers at the local strip clubs aren't allowed to grope the dancers there.....
Um, of course that's what I've heard. It's not like I know what is or isn't allowed at strip bars from, you know, personal experience. You know.
Len on 11.18.04 @ 08:18 PM CST