Oh Utah. You landlocked wasteland. Your largest body of water is salted and non-potable and your most unique feature is your large Mormon community. Of course you would have backwards-ass laws, like one that allows a movie theater to acquire a liquor license and serve beer, but not during a movie with nudity.
No, this isn’t make-believe. An independent local movie theater, known as ‘Brewvies,’ was recently slapped with a lawsuit stating that they could have their liquor license revoked for screening ‘Deadpool’ – a movie that contains many instances of full-frontal nudity, depictions of sex, and tons of other graphic shit.
I mean, it’s Deadpool. What did you expect?
Truth be told, Utah does have a law prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages at a location where they also show nudity or sex acts. But really, that is meant to be more for strip clubs or sex shops. Not movie theaters. Either way, though, it can be construed as a limitation of our first amendment rights. At least, that is what Brewvies lawyer is saying.
“This isn’t supposed to be the Taliban,” said Rocky Anderson, Brewvies attorney. “This is supposed to be a state agency!”
Now, Taliban may be a bit harsh of a comparison, but there are other things that make this case a bit sketchy as well.
For starters, the two undercover officers made this bust by going to Brewvies, ordering a beer, and going to see Deadpool! While still on duty!
And yes, getting to see Deadpool and have a beer on company time does sound sweet, but not when you are an officer of the law! And definitely not when you are working on taxpayer dollars.
So, while the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) have not moved forward with their first hearing, Anderson and the people at Brewvies have decided to counter sue the state for having a law that infringes on our First Amendment rights.
Will they win? Perhaps, but also states rights are a thing unto themselves. Either way, the most important thing is that there is a place in Utah where you can crack open a cold one and watch Deadpool.