Of all the controversies we’ve heard related to local nightclub events, this is a new one. Some local police officers and firefighters are facing scrutiny after posing with bikini-clad models outside Aldo’s Nightclub last Wednesday during a car show.
The story broke over the weekend thanks to KSEE 24. Here’s their report:
As you would expect, every news outlet in town (including The Bee) latched onto the story, particularly after the Police Chief Jerry Dyer and City Manager Mark Scott announced the incident was being investigated. Meanwhile, the story has spread all the way to Boston TV.
The pics were the work of ClubFlys, a site that has been documenting nightlife events in town for years — and is no stranger to racy photos.
Reading The Bee’s story, one quote that struck me was from ClubFlys founder Sal Hernandez, who said:
“I know some people are old-fashioned and think they disrespected the uniform. But in my opinion, it was good public relations for the city.”
I suppose that’s one way of looking at it. In that way, it sort of reminds me of all the controversy surrounding the MMA fights in Woodward Park.
Online commenting — fresnobee.com has 130+ currently — has reflected that split.
(Sidenote: Much like the MMA story, I’m willing to bet that very few people, if anyone, was upset about this until a reporter showed up to ask if they were offended).
It’s worth noting that the firefighters obviously weren’t fighting a fire when all this was happening, and the police officers were off-duty, hired for the night by event organizers to keep an eye on things (which is fairly common at events). And it wasn’t like the cops were pretending to handcuffs the models or spanking them or anything else that might make you think a low-budget porno was about to start filming. They were standing there, stoic, as per the norm.
So what says you, Beehivers: Are you offended by this? Do you think it’s a good PR strategy for the local PD and firefighters? Is it a total non-issue?
Furthermore, should those in the public safety business be allowed to take pictures with the public AT ALL? Or just the ones wearing a predetermined number of clothing items covering an minimum percentage of their body?
[photos: Sal Hernandez / Club Flys]
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