Under Idaho law, no booze allowed during showings of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Under Idaho law, no booze allowed during showings of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Michele Williams of Eagle wasn’t planning to take advantage of Village Cinema’s cocktail menu. But a sign posted near a theater door last week was enough to drive any moviegoer to drink: “Idaho law restricts us from serving alcohol or allowing its consumption in auditoriums showing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ ”

Spank me for the double entendre but – come again? Are we talking about the same R-rated erotic romance that set the February opening weekend box-office record of $85 million?

The booze ban irked Williams.

“I was not drinking or wanting to drink. I just found it odd that this movie was singled out. I just thought, ‘What year am I living in here? Women can’t control themselves when they drink during this movie?’ I don’t know what the message was.”

The message was polite but clear when Idaho State Police’s Alcohol Beverage Control contacted Village Cinema last month: If an Idaho theater serves alcohol at “Fifty Shades,” it might be breaking state law.

Here’s an equally polite if totally exasperated message right back at state lawmakers: Idaho’s prudish, remarkably bad alcohol statute needs to be tied up, blindfolded and dominated by someone with a brain. Combining rib- (not breast-) tickling body-part specificity with ambiguous breadth, the horribly penned Idaho Code 23-614 is an outdated mess. Among its preachings, it prohibits businesses that serve alcohol from showing any film containing sexually related material or basically any view of our naughty bits.

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