Sunday, 9 March 2008

Theatrical production of the day

Always nice to see people finding new and inventive ways of sticking two fingers up at the nanny statists:
Bars in Minnesota have discovered a loophole to resist the public smoking bans sweeping the world.

About 30 drinking establishments in the mid-western state have exploited an exemption for performers in theatrical productions in a recently imposed ban on smoking in restaurants and other nightspots.

The Minnesota ban allows actors to light up in character during theatrical performances as long as patrons are notified in advance. In response, bars are staging faux theatre productions with cigarettes as props. Some establishments have printed playbills, encouraged customers to come in costume and declared them all to be actors.

Brian Bauman, the owner of The Rock bar in St Paul, said his smoking patrons were "playing themselves" before the ban was imposed, adding: "We call the production 'Before the Ban!'"

Minnesota's health department has promised to crack down on such theatre nights with fines of up to £5,000.

3 comments:

Alex said...

How long before old films are censored by the Elf and Safety Gestapo? I imagine scenes that show, say, Humphrey Bogart smoking and providing an incorrect "role model", will be deleted.

Anachronism means nothing in the pursuit of Millenarian fanaticisms.

Fulham Reactionary said...

"How long before old films are censored by the Elf and Safety Gestapo? I imagine scenes that show, say, Humphrey Bogart smoking and providing an incorrect "role model", will be deleted."

Apparently, such censorship has already started. Not, so far as I know, to remove film scenes which depict smoking, but certainly to edit out "homophobic" comments from seventies sitcoms. And in 2005 a photo of Brunel on the cover of a school textbook was airbrushed to remove his cigar (perhaps they'll try the same thing on Churchill soon?). It may not be very long at all before cigarettes in films start going the same way.

Sophia said...

Faux theater productions with cigarettes as props! Brilliant, I love it.