HOCKEY HOOTERS

A Stars-watching FrontBurnervian took a look around him last night and was disturbed by what he saw: a bunch of ads for un-family entertainment. His complaint is not about prurience, but hypocrisy–by Tom Hicks, in particular. Read it all after the jump.

Last night I was at the Stars game for the first time since hockey made it back. During a break in the action, I began to peruse the wrap-around advertising. I noticed an ad for the Penthouse Club. While there weren’t any pictures with the ad, it struck me as a bit distasteful and hypocritical considering Tom Hicks has the The Ballpark in Arlington in a family-first lock down. You’re not allowed to yell at players or make signs that criticize the Rangers–it’s insane. But when he’s hockey team’s ad department gets hard up for dollars, he’ll allow strip clubs to advertise.

To make matters worse, there are two full-page ads for strip clubs in the programs. These do include all the goodies–free admission vouchers, scantily clad ladies.

I’m not opposed to strip clubs, and I’m not on a crusade to shut them down–strip, strip, strip, I say–but I’m a bit tired of our city being inundated with their advertisements. And I don’t like that something that bills itself as family entertainment allows this, especially when its sports brother (the Rangers) operates such an Orwellian environment. Maybe I’ve just got a beef with Hicks, I don’t know.

And I realize that there are all kinds of ads for adult-only activities at the AAC, be it liquor, beer, or cigar products, but this strikes me as fundamentally different somehow.

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