A Hostile Play Environment
doughr at ACAD.UDALLAS.EDU
Fri Mar 17 17:12:39 PST 2000
How about a bar/restaraunt that hired only attractive young women as
waitresses, clad them in revealing outfits, called itself something like
"Hooters," and held itself open as a general place of public
accomodation? A hostile environment offensive to women and to religious
people of many faiths, who do not feel welcome in such an establishment?
University of Dallas
Rick Duncan wrote:
> Instead of threatening to cut the funds of the
> Brooklyn Museum for exhibiting the elephant-dung
> Madonna, Rudy should have enforced the public
> accommodations law against the Museum for creating a
> hostile environment on the basis of religion. By the
> same reasoning, places of public accommodation that
> exhibit Serrano's "Piss Christ" are violating the
> antidiscrimination laws. Hmmm. And what about movie
> theaters that show The Last Temptation of Christ or
> one of other recent films in that genre. Violation of
> the public accommodation laws? What about movie
> theaters that exhibit the anti-Catholic, gay
> rights/AIDS rights masterpiece "Stop The Church."
> Violation? Interesting. Very interesting. --Rick
> --- Michael McConnell <Mcconnellm at LAW.UTAH.EDU> wrote:
> > I suppose on the theory of the Massachusetts case,
> > strip bars and
> > girlie shows are now illegal, since the atmosphere
> > discriminates on
> > the basis of sex. Quick, before the law changes, let
> > me contact all
> > my old-fashioned puritanical friends to tell them
> > they were right
> > after all. And by the way, does this law apply to
> > movie theaters,
> > too?
> > -- Michael McConnell (U of Utah)
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