Sunday, February 03, 2008

BYU Thought Police

It seems as though Gold's Gym in Orem and Provo have a fight on their hands.

Personally, as a member of the gym, I would hope the fight would be to keep the doors open on Sunday since that's pretty much the easiest day for me (and I'm sure a lot of people) to get into the gym.

No. The BYU Thought Police are it at.

It seems as though anti-"pornography" crusaders are waging a jihad against the music videos they play on their monitors.

Here's an excerpt:

The Gold's Gym near the BYU campus is one of 19 Gold's Gyms in Utah. A majority of this gym's customers are BYU students. Dallen Johnson says, "I've had to leave, honestly! There have been four times I've run out of the cardio cinema because of racy and inappropriate things being shown, things I personally view as pornography."
Jesus Christ.

Who the hell do these people think they're kidding. Music videos? Pornography? Racy, yes. But pornographic?

I'm not sure if these people actually understand what pornography is. Scantily clad women hopping up and down next to cars in odd-shaped hallways is a a far cry from...say....How to Ass Ejaculate. (Don't worry. It's a link to the IMDb... And maybe that's not even a porno...)

Another gem:
The protesters say Gold's Gym is not the only business they are concerned about. "The things I see the most is people have no idea how it affects people and how widespread it is and how serious of an issue it is," says Nicole Braden.
Which is actually kind of a funny thing to say since there are studies that show the more lax pornography laws are in an area, the lower the rape rate. And we all know Utah has one of the highest rates of rape in the country (and it's getting worse, and these are just reported rapes). So, pornography actually has a positive affect on the community. I would agree this is a serious issue, but I think these students are on the wrong side of the argument.

What Gold's Gym should do is leave their music videos just the way they are, what they should change are their hours. They should stay open on Sundays or lower their rates. I have to pay the same rate for 6 days a week of gym access as everyone else in the country pays for 7 and that's a legitimate gripe.

UPDATE: NO! Gold's Gym caved! If they cave to stuff this stupid, a petition to open on Sunday should be a breeze.

UPDATE 2: Apparently, I'm a week or two late with this story, but it's still infuriating. But that's what I get for hitting the festival....

UPDATE 3: Don't forget to check out the website and trailer for the new movie: KILLER AT LARGE.


Steven said...

holyfuckingshit we need to finish Happy Valley.

Bryan said...


Bryan said...

And BYU 25.