What is the plural of "Hooters?" Hooterses? Hooteri? A parliament of Hooters? Whatever the term, there are now four of them in San Diego that refuse to serve Bob Filner, the San Diego mayor who is accused of sexually harassing fourteen women in a truly vile manner. Now where will he go to celebrate his one-week early graduation from his two-week sexual harassment therapy?
San Diego Republican party executive director Francis Barazza originally tweeted a photo of the sign, which reads:
This establishment recognizes that we all have political differences and we serve people from all walks of life.
-We also believe it is imperative for people to have standards.
-The mayor of San Diego will not be served in this establishment.
-We believe that women should be treated with respect.
In an interview with Slate, Melissa Fry, director of marketing for HootWinc, the West Coast Hooters franchise, says that the sign is markedly "not a political move":
We're strictly taking a stand for the fair treatment of women. At our franchise alone, we employ 1100 beautiful, talented women.
It's hugely questionable that Hooters — a restaurant chain whose primary reason for existing is to facilitate the simultaneous consumption of chicken wings and ogling of human breasts — is a crusader for women's equal and respectful treatment. On the other hand, though, it's nice to see some tangible repercussions for a man in power who abuses his position to harass, grope, pressure, and intimidate women! You know what they say: once you've been unseated from four separate Hooters locations, your political office is next.
Strangely enough, the sign was dreamt up by Glenn Beck.
"Hooters Says It Won't Serve San Diego Mayor Bob Filner" [RawStory]
Image via Twitter.