Do Pasties Count As Art Supplies?

Strippers all over Iowa have been shaking in their platform boots this week as a loophole in the state’s public indecent exposure law that allows nude dancing at “art centers” has come under attack. The would-be-Sodom-and-Gomorrah at the center of the legal debate is the 1,200-person town of Hamburg, where just last week, the 17-year-old niece of the town sheriff “climbed up on stage at Shotgun Geniez…and stripped off her clothing.” After this unfortunate episode, the venue’s owner, Clarence Judy, was charged with violating the state’s public indecency law.

Though it’s unclear what exactly “Shotgun Geniez” means or sells, Judy’s attorney explained that “dance has been considered one of the arts, as is sculpture, painting and anything else like that,” clarifying that “what Clarence has is a club where people can come and perform.” Silencing any doubters, the lawyer further noted that “the club has a gallery selling collectible posters and other art, and it provides patrons with sketch pads.” Which they presumably use to…sketch pictures of the naked dancing strippers gyrating in front of them. [AP]