It's Not Stripping... It's Art
An Iowa judge consummated a strip club's end-run around indecent exposure laws, ruling that the club was technically a theatre. I'm still concerned, though, with the idea of underage performers at this don't-call-it-a-strip-club venue... are there laws against underage nude scenes? I've never seen or performed in a show that featured one, so I actually don't know. Surely, at least, they'd require parental consent.
The county's attorney, Margaret Johnson, charged club owner Clarence Judy after a 17-year-old girl climbed on stage at Shotgun Geniez in the tiny town of Hamburg and stripped off her clothing.
"I think it's a little scary," said Johnson, who emphasised that the girl was still a minor.
The club was sold on Monday to Terry Rutledge. He expressed confidence that nude dance would remain legal, referring to a 1998 case that found it an art.