Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hooters hysteria has gone overboard


Responses to this controversial column: 

By Dashiell Young-Saver
Hooters may be coming to Thousand Oaks. The apocalypse is now.
After hearing that Hooters restaurant aims to replace Linens ’n Things as the raunchiest business in the Janss Marketplace (the “things” of Linens ’n Things had parents worried), some residents have sent emails and signed petitions in protest.
Known for tightly-clothed waitresses who are working there just to pay their way through medical school, Hooters, opponents say, would stand out in “family friendly” Thousand Oaks.
But standing out might not be such a negative.
In a town where the kids use car seats until a year after they get their driver’s license, a little deviation from the norm would be beneficial. A place where adults can go—just for the food, of course—and enjoy a not-so-high-brow time could provide a release from this sanitized city.

Parents are saying they’re worried Hooters would badly influence their kids by exposing them to too much skin. But the children do not have to go inside the restaurant. The most exposed creature they’ll see is the naked owl outside.
Plus, the same kid who walks by the Victoria’s Secret underwear model banners at the store in The Oaks mall, watches a preview for an R- rated film at the movies and sees the covers of Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, People, The National Inquirer, Star, US and Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition magazines in the checkout line at the grocery store will not be freaked out by the owl outside a Hooters restaurant.
Forbidding Hooters to move in is not fair to the business. The restaurant meets all the legal requirements from the clothing to the liquor license. We should let the market decide which stores are allowed in the Janss Marketplace. If the community does not want Hooters there, it won’t spend its money there, and the restaurant will close. It’s only fair to give it a shot.
Some of my favorite restaurants— Sizzler, Pat and Oscar’s and Fuddruckers—have failed at the location Hooters hopes to move into. That space is where restaurants go to die. The place is such bad luck that the people who want Hooters to stay out should encourage them to move into that building.
As a 17-year old male, I’m biologically biased in favor of Hooters, but as a Thousand Oaks native, I am biased toward the protection of the community.
A raunchy restaurant will not harm the city’s children. If Hooters manages to open and stay in business, the kids and the community won’t give a hoot.
Dashiell Young-Saver will be a senior at Westlake High School. He was the managing editor of the school newspaper,The Arrow, last year. During the summer, he’ll contribute columns to the Acorn from the perspective of a teenager growing up in the Conejo Valley.


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