Yesterday, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board saw fit to take away the license of Sensations Cabaret to offer adult entertainment, although they’ll still be able to sell booze on the premises. Residents of the neighborhood where the club is located are justifiably pleased – they have been fighting for months against the renewal of the license.
In what has become a mantra for the owner, Javis Roberts (actually his wife is the owner, and the club was purchased with money borrowed from his mother. What do you wanna bet he didn’t tell her what the money was for?), he vowed to soldier on, despite what he obviously feels is persecution by the community. In fact, he has bigger and better things in mind:
But club manager Javis Roberts said if residents think the decision means no more strip club, they’re wrong. Sensations intends to have dancers on stage this weekend with a full array of new sexual services.”It’s going to be the first real strip club in Nova Scotia,” he said.
I’m not sure what the ‘full array of sexual services’ would be, but it can’t bode well for the neighborhood.
As I have mentioned in the past, I volunteer with a group whose goal is to make the community a better place to live, so I’m sure my reaction to this is somewhat predictable. Let me be clear on one thing, though: I am not opposed to strip clubs per se. I have no moral objection beyond the outrage at the recruitment of local teenagers from a high school in the neighborhood. I actually have never been to a strip joint – I enjoy the female form as much as the next person, but when I’m in a room naked with someone (those of you who know me are now hoping for some way to get that image out of your minds) , I’d like there not to be a ‘no touching’ rule – it defeats the purpose. Save some money and buy a magazine, rent a video, whatever, as long as it’s private and harms nobody else. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than intimacy with someone you trust and respect. Which, of course, men don’t do with strippers. My cousin, to whom I’m very close, plied her trade as a stripper on the West Coast for a while, and it was hard – she’s more than capable of taking care of herself, but there are others who aren’t.
Anyway, in true porn mogul fashion, Mr. Roberts sees himself as the injured party, despite complaints from neighbors (I know one of them) who have had prostitutes doing their thing in people’s backyards, who have had their windows broken, who have been sexually harassed by patrons – do we see a pattern yet?
I’m aghast at the complete disregard for the families in the neighborhood, and Roberts’ desire to continue regardless of the damage it does. Of course, this should be expected of a person whose bus company was shut down due to safety violations. Again, another business operated regardless of the risk to others.
Let me say this directly to this ‘entrepreneur’ – you’ve lost. Get over it. The neighbors are not going away, nor should they – they were there first. All they want is the opportunity to raise families without the risk of property damage or much worse. When the first young girl is raped by someone leaving your club, will you then say that she did it on purpose to discredit you?
Cut your losses, move somewhere else – there are lots of areas on the outskirts where nobody lives, where the surrounding neighborhoods will not be at such a risk. It’s not about ‘legislating morality’, it’s about common sense – but Mr. Roberts is thinking with his wallet. Or with something else in his pants.