That's not a bug; that's a feature (as the
computer guys used to say). Of course it's
controversial! That gets people's attention! It
gets press coverage! It wakes people up!
Example: San Francisco's "Bay
to Breakers" race. Each year, a couple hundred
men and women run the race naked -- and they're always
covered in the media. Why? Because it's
controversial, and also sweet and innocent. One
year, the race's official sponsors were the San
Francisco Examiner, Southwest Airlines, Hyatt
hotels, CBS channel 5, KGO newstalk radio, a bank,
a water bottler, and a brewer. They all know that
else, for example, have a rule which specifically
forbids nude running? (Their website mentions this
rule prominently.) Everyone knows it happens, and
everyone looks the other way. (Figuratively, not
literally -- in reality, everyone is looking for
the naked participants and everyone is a bit
embarassed that they have this interest.)
Why? Because making it illegal fools a few
right-wingers, makes the lawyers less worried...
and increases the tension. It keeps things a bit
controversial -- just the right
amount of controversial!
Look, it's true: ultraconservative companies
should not sponsor an event with public nudity.
Gillette? Stay home. Amway? Nope.
But CBS and Southwest Airlines are not exactly
ideology-crazed socialists, eh? No, quite the
contrary. If your company can make some money off
of being hip and unconventional, associating your
company's image with safe, sane, and consensual
nudity is a wonderful fit.
Look, we're not dealing with the Gestapo here,
right? Most police departments will go along with
whatever an event's sponsors decide is appropriate.
And most big-city politicians don't want to upset
the gay community by raising arrests at a Gay Pride
march. Even in Los Angeles -- where we'd have to
contend with the LAPD -- it's possible to get
around the jerks. In L.A., the parade stays within
the city limits of West Hollywood, and West
Hollywood has been smart enough to get its police
protection from the county sheriff, not the city's
LAPD. So what's the problem??
Oh, grow up. Wildmon has tried his boycotts and
he failed. Yes, you may have to hire a
public-relations firm. But boycotts generate more
publicity, and as long as they spell your product's
name correctly, everything will be fine. Just trot
out someone -- a Christian nudist, let's say -- who
fondly recalls the ol' swimming hole, and leave it
at that. Norman Rockwell -- America's favorite
sentimental artist -- has not one but several
paintings involving skinny-dipping. Conservative
Americans are less conservative on non-sexual
nudity than you might think!