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Friday, April 25, 2008

I’m Sorry, Officer, Are These Penises Too Loud?

posted by on April 25 at 21:17 PM

So, the friendly neighborhood SPD just dropped by Comeback at Chop Suey, and told us that it was illegal to have our usual male nude posters up inside the club (they’ll be back later about the noise). Now the posters have little strips of paper that say “censored” over the naughty bits. I’m no expert on municipal code, but that sounds like bullshit to me. Any lawyers out there on Line Out wanna weigh in?

In the meantime, because the pigs can’t censor Line Out (and, yes, NSFW as well as blatant self-promotion):

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no poster nudity? no noise? what next? no drinking? no talking?
blah! what is this city coming to?

Posted by sazerac | April 26, 2008 12:29 AM

Dude, I'm way in.

Posted by Jeff Kirby | April 26, 2008 1:54 AM

Art shows at clubs have been targeted by this same law in the past, so I think there might be other laws concerning displays of nudity in licensed establishments. But, here's the law pertaining to your poster and other usch advertisements in the past.

WAC 314-52-015


All liquor advertising shall be modest, dignified and in good taste and shall not contain:

(2) Any statement, picture, or illustration which promotes overconsumption.

(3) Any statement, picture, illustration, design, device, or representation which is undignified, obscene, indecent, or in bad taste.

(10) Any reference to any religious character, sign or symbol, except in relation to kosher wines or where such are a part of an approved label.


1. Who can enforce the liquor and tobacco laws of the state?

ANSWER: All commissioned officers of county sheriff and municipal police departments; liquor and tobacco control agents of the Liquor Control Board and commissioned members of the Washington State Patrol.

2. May liquor and tobacco control agents, police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers inspect a licensed business?

ANSWER: Yes. These agents and officers have the right to inspect all licensed liquor and tobacco business locations, places where a banquet permit has been issued and vehicles used in connection with a licensed business.

Posted by Meinert | April 26, 2008 8:59 AM

The bigger question is why SPD is using limited time and budgets to do this sort of enforcement, especially in an area that seems to be having an escalation of violent street crime? And why, when we're being told the City and Mayor are trying to support music in Seattle, does the policy on the street seem to be so different? Who the hell runs this city anyhow?

Posted by Meinert | April 26, 2008 9:01 AM

Tim Ceis runs the city. But you already knew that, Meinert. Don't blame SPD for following the (deputy) mayor's orders.

Posted by six shooter | April 28, 2008 1:13 PM

(3) Any statement, picture, illustration, design, device, or representation which is undignified, obscene, indecent, or in bad taste.

This seems easily challenged, under Freedom of Speech AND because it's so vague.

A large chunk of the Old Testament would fail these guidelines...

Posted by michael strangeways | April 28, 2008 1:33 PM

i said it a few weeks ago but it bears repeating. cops have 'busted' rplace and the cuff and i've heard rumored that there have been vistis to the eagle all concerning porn and pictures suggesting such.
in the case of the eagle and the cuff, they've operated for years without vigilance or complaint.the spd is working holding the right arm of the liqour board and i'm betting, as was the case of rplace',they're citing a response to complaints received.
so who's complaining and why ?
and why now ?

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | April 28, 2008 1:34 PM

Is there any sort of nightlife advocacy group? Maybe the owners of the gay bars need to band together and retain a lawyer.

Posted by Dawgson | April 28, 2008 2:14 PM

I heard the cuff and eagle had to stop showing the classy hardcore after a police visit.

Posted by cw | April 28, 2008 4:05 PM

I'd like to lodge a complaint about the Comeback posters: they're not graphic enough.

Posted by oye como va | April 28, 2008 10:46 PM

the last two times I've visited the Eagle, they were showing NON hardcore stuff.

also, are the cops going to STRAIGHT bars that have sexy posters and imagery? Like Cowgirls? Many of these places have sexually suggestive posters with nearly nude bimbos advertising various beers and liquours....

Posted by michael strangeways | April 29, 2008 1:25 PM

@11: I heard from friends with Eagle connections that the cops had told them they could no longer show any hardcore video or... else...

Posted by Dawgson | April 30, 2008 8:12 AM

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