Chalk one up for the nutjobs at PETA, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, who's efforts at animal cruelty awareness lead to Wilson sisters band, Heart cancelling a concert at SeaWorld in Florida. Guitarist Nancy Wilson said the show had been booked quite some time earlier and that it was originally slated as just "an Orlando show". She said had the band known the exact location, they would have turned down the gig. Wilson went on to say she loves whales and other sea creatures and that she had even hosted a nature documentary about orcas.
Willie Nelson and the Bare Naked Ladies have also cancelled shows at SeaWorld in protest of they way they treat the attraction animals there. What we can't figure out is why does SeaWorld want concerts anyway? Don't people go to SeaWorld to see Sea life, and not rock bands?
It's true that Madison, Wisconsin is known for it's liberal social practices. They allow everything from wild booze-filled street parties to naked bike rides. But evidently, the're drawing the line at what's known as the "snuggle business".
In Madison, for $60, patrons can visit the "Snuggle House" where they spend an hour, cuddling, snuggling, hugging and spooning professionals. Everyone is completely clothed and according to the "house", the service is meant to relieve stress thru the simple act of human touch.
Police and lawmakers however aren't buying that totally. Their fear is that the snuggle house is really a front for prostitution. And even if they find out it's not, they're worried that the snuggling could lead to sexual assault, which kind of makes sense. You put a really lonely guy in bed with a girl and his hormones may just get the best of him.
Whatever the case, their pressure may be working. No one answered the door of the snuggle house recently and their website had been shut down, so people are wondering if in fact they have closed.
But Madison, Wisconsin isn't the only city in the snuggle business. Rochester, N.Y, Montgomery, Alabama and Seattle, Washington also have similar "houses" all of which operate on the up and up according to officals there.
What do you think. Yay or Nay on the snuggle business?
photo courtesy Annie Rae
So how rampant has cell phone use become in movie theatres? Apparently rampant enough that some theatre companies like "Cinemark" are taking action to curb it. Cinemark has just released a smartphone app that allows their patrons to receive coupons for free and discounted concessions if they use the app to silence and dim their phones while watching movies.
Another theatre company, Texas-based Alamo Drafhouse who is already known for their strict "no-phone" policies have said they will call police and have people arrested for attempting to "pirate-record" films using cell phones. They've also instituted a "one warning" policy on texting/talking. You get one infraction and the next one, they'll kick you out of the film with no refund. They enforced this rule on a woman last year who retaliated with an angry voicemail that eventually made it's way to YouTube and other internet sites, going viral. The woman went on and on cursing Alamo saying she talked/texted in theaters constantly and they were the only ones to punish her. Then she said "I'm never coming back to the Alamo" and they said. "Good, we don't want ya".
Okay, so neither of the aforementioned theatre companies operate facilities in the West Michigan area, but is this a glimpse at the future? Will more movie houses clamp down on cell phone use? And, will you be a target?