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Woman Ejected For Flashing Breasts At Nudity-Filled Concert

Woman Ejected For Flashing Breasts At Nudity-Filled Concert

Kid Rock is not exactly known for his progressive, respectful opinions about women. His concerts illustrate this quite plainly. With female pole dancers on stage and numerous images of naked and nearly-naked women flashing on the big screens in time to the music, one could be forgiven for thinking nudity was perfectly acceptable at the event. Add in a cameraman who’s encouraging the female audience members to flash a la Girls Gone Wild, and it’s no surprise the audience got into the groove and flashed their breasts.

But when Andrea Irwin joined in the breast-revealing fun, the owners of Scotiabank Place, the Ottawa-area arena where Kid Rock played Tuesday night, didn’t think it was fun at all and summarily ejected Irwin from the arena.

After her ejection, Irwin told the Toronto Sun:

“There were two strippers on stage and pornographic pictures in the background with women with their breasts exposed. It was very X-rated. So I thought what I was doing was just part of the concert.”

Scotiabank Place, however, released a statement via email where they supported the ejection, stating “We pride ourselves on providing a safe and respectable environment, especially at all-ages shows like the Kid Rock event was last night,” said Vice President and Executive Director Tom Conroy.

Calling a Kid Rock concert a “safe and respectful environment” is certainly a stretch of credibility. Perhaps the organizers extend the courtesy only to the the concert attendees rather than the concert performer. While I’m certainly not a fan of nudity for the purposes of publicity, exploitation and titillation, it’s certainly rich for the organizers to say that this individual was ejected because of the “family friendly” environment at a concert where breasts and pole dancers are prominently on display.

It’s also questionable whether the reaction of Scotiabank Place staff was appropriate. If a man had removed his shirt, would he have been asked to leave or would he have been simply asked to put his shirt back on? 

Given that it is legal to be topless in Ontario, it would certainly be interesting to see if the reaction would be any different if the flasher was a man. But given that nobody makes money off exploiting topless men, nobody seems to worry about that.

 

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11:43AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

@Dawn W: No it isn't besides the point, because there is a difference between a performance and audience participation. There are reasons why the audience isn't allow to participate, uninvited, in any performance ever! We don't allow people to bust out their gun and start shooting in the air during professional gun shows. We dont let people bust out their guitar and rock out during rock concerts. No, we do not allow the audience to have sex, or strip during sexually provocative performances, unless a disclaimer has been issued to each audience member before the event, and usually even then there are designated areas. Some people are just interested, or pressured in to attending by a friend, not every one is down with that kind of thing happening right next to them.

Why you women do not have the capacity to comprehend this is beyond me! Like is said, if it where a man, I seriously doubt you would even care, actually I bank on the fact you would laugh at him, just as I'm laugh at you. Just remember Pee Wee Herman, that poor guy, no seriously... maybe he deserved to get booted from the place he was in, but not to have his career destroyed.

Any way go to a strip club, flash your tits where the bouncers can see, and tell me how it goes.

11:31AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

@ Jackie A: As I have clearly stated before, Yes you can have sexual images in a performance and expect the audience to to behave in the way she did.

@ Lika S. First to answer your question: Yes, it is actually one of the most common sex offenses, for register sex offenders. I know a man who had the police called on him for being terribly drunk at a college party and peeing in an area he had thought was safe from view, when a girl saw his penis and accused him of exposing him self to her. Now he he has to go door to door telling people he is a registered sex offender. Second: no just because certain events fail to enforce, or fail to even implement these rules, doesn't make it OK every where else. Finally, speak for you self, stop trying to paint people as victims who dont even see themselves as victims. Female jealousy and it's ugly head takes many forms. "Takes control over her own body," om my god, give me a break.

@Dawn W: No it isn't besides the point, because there is a difference between a performance and audience participation. There are reason why the audience isn't allow to participate, uninvited, in any performance ever! We don't allow people to bus you their gun ans stat shooting int he air dung Professional gun Shows. We dont let people bust ut ther guitar and rock out during rock concerts. No we do not allow the audience to have sex, or strip during sexually provocative performances, unless a disclaimer has been issued to each audience member before th

10:58AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Oh dear, Shannon McKarney, do you really not understand the difference between a performance and audience participation? LOL please, Pee Wee Herman found this same thing out the hard way, when he pulled out during an x rated movie in a theater. I have attended several sexual performances and the audience woudl have been just as upset if tow people started banging on the floor near the sage or started stripping, and no the excuse "Well they where banging/stripping on stage so we thought we where just participating in the performance, durr," wouldn't be accepted then ether. You may not understand this, but there is such thing a as a tasteful nude performances or tasteful and positive sexual performances, and yes we do like to provide safe environments where the audience isn't doing extreme things. I wouldn't expect some one who generalizes a bikini as being naked, to understand something she know absolutely nothing about, like sex culture for example. If you visit the Seattle Center for Positive Sex Culture you will find that many events have very specific rules of conducts and rules of participation. Some event are set up for the wild ones who want to pull out and express or just straight up bang. Most events are very controlled and have designated areas for certain interactions or behaviors. I'm not quite sure what it is about your line of thought that allows you to believe it is ok for the audience to participate in any thing the performers are doing, but most people u

3:37PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

It really depends. But still, it's perfectly legal in her state, and people were encouraging it, so she shouldn't have been evicted.

8:01PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

There is just nothing like the culture of the 20th to 21st centuries. We have hit new heights, and, just think, the US is responsible for it all and it is our only export. Can it even be called music? If it is, then real music is dead. Thank you, American idiots. Yes, you are the true morons of this regressive country. We really don't need uneducated, illiterate voters or greedy, lying politicians to take us down. We've already done it to ourselves. But we do know that there will always be an endless supply off babies, since the only end of our existence is to participate in this "music" that promotes mindless reproduction. And if a baby dies of neglect, then we can be sure that there will always be more where they came from. The next form of entertainment at these "concerts" is to show naked va***as and maybe even further down the rabbit hole.

2:49PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Elgrit B. You are putting breasts and penises as equal body parts. Weird. End of comment.

3:16AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

Oh for goodness sakes. How many times at a rock concert like Motley Crue and the men are flashing their women's busts as if it's theirs to flash?

Yet here it is at a Kid Rock concert, where it's the norm for more nudity... then a woman takes ownership of her own body, and she gets ejected... So if a man flashed her boob instead, would he have been arrested, then?

3:13AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

Oh for goodness sakes. How many times at a rock concert like Motley Crue and the men are flashing their women's busts as if it's theirs to flash?

Yet here it is at a Kid Rock concert, where it's the norm for more nudity... then a woman takes ownership of her own body, and she gets ejected... So if a man flashed her boob instead, would he have been arrested, then?

7:47PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

It is legal to be topless in Ontario and there were strippers and topless women in the show? Well that's bloody hypocrital, then, to point the finger at one female who decided to flash her boobies.

3:12PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Why a woman would want to flash what she's got to everybody is beside the point.It was a Kid Rock show-I can't stand him-and if he had semi-nude women onstage then it seems expected that the audience would take a cue from that.Hypocrisy.

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