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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