To the Editor: BG bars urged to never again host Girls Gone Wild
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Wednesday, 23 September 2009 08:57
On Aug. 26, Joe Francis' Girls Gone Wild camera crew descended on Bowling Green. This is the second time in three months that Girls Gone Wild have made an appearance in Bowling Green, attempting to film wild party footage for their DVD series, which prides itself on capturing college-age women in moments of drunken vulnerability. Girls Gone Wild chose a new bar for their filming antics this time around, creating a hostile scene that spilled over into the street. Inebriated men spit over the railing of the bar onto women in the street, and chanted insulting phrases to women in the bar and to unsuspecting passersby.
While some might say this represents the carefree fun of a college town bar scene, the presence of the GGW crew signifies something much more toxic and dangerous to the community. Francis and his crew employ predatory and coercive tactics to create a threatening environment both inside and outside of the bar in an effort to make the most money possible. GGW frequently installs its own crew members as bouncers at the bars they occupy, and these crew members do not always ensure that the women they admit are legal adults. Crew members ply female patrons with alcohol in an effort to lower their inhibitions, and in the process pressure them to achieve a level of drunkenness in which informed consent is no longer possible. Men typically make up the overwhelming majority at GGW events, creating an intimidating environment in which they pressure women into performing for the camera. In all things, Francis and GGW prioritize profit over safety.
Francis has an extensive criminal record. He came to Bowling Green during Girls Gone Wild's June 30 appearance in town to personally oversee the filming process. We do not believe that his presence in our town can be anything but a detriment to the local community.
We urge all members of the Bowling Green community to recognize the exploitative, coercive, and hostile environment that Francis and his crew bring to this town every time they descend upon it, and ask them to join us in ensuring that Francis and his ilk never return to Bowling Green. We ask that all local bars make a commitment to never host another Girls Gone Wild event in their space, and urge community members to write letters to local bars informing them that we hold them accountable for who they bring to town, and the environment they create. Finally, we urge all concerned community members to join us in our campaign to keep Francis and his camera crew out of Bowling Green, once and for all.
Adrienne Hill, Angie Fitzpatrick, Clare Lemke, Em Hurford, Jamie Stuart, Marnie Pratt, Megan Adams
Bowling Green   
 

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