Lewisville City Council Effectively Bans Redneck Heaven's "Anything But Clothes" Day

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The Lewisville City Council voted unanimously last night to redefine the city's official definition of nudity, thereby outlawing the body paint, gumballs and various other non-clothes occasionally used to cover the lady parts of servers at Redneck Heaven. We covered this way too extensively yesterday.

The whole episode was instructive, not so much for what it says about the sensibilities of suburban North Texas or the undeniable absurdity of the breastaurant concept but as a case study in how the local media outlets that were all over the story like a fresh coat of body paint cover nudity, in both the literal and figurative sense.

See also

- Redneck Heaven's Painted Breasts Run Afoul of the Good People of Lewisville (NSFW)

So, a quick survey.

Fox 4

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Fox 4 had the most thorough report by far, reaching more than three minutes. Reporter Natalie Solis, donning a snazzy khaki Fox 4 baseball cap, narrated the piece from the steps of Lewisville City Hall while dozens of photos from Redneck Heaven's Facebook page flash on the screen. As you can see, the station opted for a simple rectangular bar -- always a classic -- to blur out any possible nipple glimpses. Flowers, it seems, are an acceptable form of coverage.

From anchor Steve Eager, we get an awkward reference to Sports Illustrated's use of body paint to cover some models -- "In the swimsuit issue, right?" -- and some solid indignation from Catherine Holliday, a Denton resident who complained to police of the body paint.

"These young ladies were in the parking lot, and I could have just as well have had children in the car with me and been going to Red Lobster for lunch and would have had to try to explain to these children why these ladies were dressed like that in the middle of the day," she said. (She also would have had to explain why she was taking innocent children to Red Lobster, but that's another matter.)

To provide balance, Solis travels to the breastaurant itself, where she finds this guy

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who offers an eloquent defense of body paint. "They're not really showing anything that's gonna cross the line. Everything's covered up," he says. "You know, it's all in good fun."

NBC 5

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It's raining by the time reporter Julie Fine goes on camera, so she holds an umbrella while she delivers a relatively brief report focused mainly on the testimony before the Lewisville City Council. Their token body-paint defender is Raymond Daniels, who delivers an impassioned plea for reason. "Something tells me that the vast majority of the people who are opposing this are people who would never go down there in the first place," he says.

NBC 5 is much more sparing in its use of photos and goes for the less elegant but much safer omni-blur to block offending body parts. It also seems to have been the only station to actually speak with Redneck Heaven owner William Tinker, though not on camera.

"This isn't an X-rated movie," Tinker explains. "It's an R-rated, possibly, maybe, you could go under that, I think, but you know what you're coming to. You don't bring little kids."

WFAA

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Not much new here, though we do get to watch longtime WFAA anchor/mom figure Gloria Campos talk about nudity, as well as a longer clip from body paint defender Raymond Daniels, who delivers the moderately unsettling line that "it's a lot more closer to a Hooters. If anything, the girls act a lot more like kids."

And WFAA makes the curious choice to blur out the server's faces, though they all appear to be of age and posing very willingly for the cameras. Reporter Monika Diaz also has a humorously prudish exchange with a would-be patron named Emy Embry, whom Diaz catches driving away from the restaurant. "The servers started coming up towards us before we were even seated, and my husband said, 'Let's not just stay here,'" Embry said.

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Here's how anchor Karen Borta introduces CBS 11's Redneck Heaven report: "How far is too far? How little is too little? Two questions before the City Council in Lewisville about a restaurant some say offers" -- wait for it -- "too much."

Despite the tease, the station is actually the most restrained in its coverage, flashing none of the semi-nude Facebook photos the other networks so gleefully paraded out. Instead, the station's cameras set up shop in an adjacent parking lot and, stalker-like, capture shots of waitresses from afar.

They also explain how Catherine Holliday, the outraged citizen, came to find herself at a place called Redneck Heaven (she wanted to take a picture of the sign, which she found funny) and feature the most high-minded defense imaginable of Redneck Heaven's Anything But Clothes days. "I do consider it a form of art -- I consider it a very beautiful form of art," Kristal White, a professional body painter, told the Lewisville council. "If you've seen X-Men, you've seen Mystique. That was a movie and that was body painting, and it was beautiful."

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YaValioCacaWates
YaValioCacaWates

Lewisville city council has got a bunch of party poopers.  Need to give all these beauties at Redneck heaven a break.  They are the best thing that has ever happened to Lewisville in general.  These sweet young luscious sexy girls are just working their tails off trying to make a living.  You gotta love them all.  See you girls tonight, and tomorrow night too!

PrettyDemi
PrettyDemi

I don't have a problem with the body paint issue, but I do have an issue looking at some of those badly built bodies with nothing on!!  Spend less time working on body paint and drinking coors light and more time at the gym ladies... Or better yet, cover your belly fat... That's not cute...

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Ah, Lewisville. Once again, the city council (and the heads of Lakeland Baptist Church, which is the group really calling the shots) demonstrate their efficiency. To paraphrase Garth Ennis, this whole group would crawl on hands and knees through a perfectly good whorehouse to get at a 12-year-old boy's ass.

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Was not talking to her last time. Was talking to you boy. So don`t post again and we are done.

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Well at least you got the Sir part right.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Man up, go to Baby Dolls and pass on the starter-kits 

Jacob Dobson
Jacob Dobson

Jim man get the hint no my girl is not taking ur fucking job not quit

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Not on Lexus! And you can be sporting one with that extra cash...$$$

Soleil DubtilDawn Psychédélique
Soleil DubtilDawn Psychédélique

Setting an age requirement would have prevented all of this. I accidentally walked into the one in Arlington, NOT knowing what it was & very hungry (w/my daughter). Walked in, thought to myself "oh great, another man cave out to exploit women". Looked at my 12 y.o. & left directly. Reminded me of a skanky rave den.... minus the drugs.

Darrin Everitt
Darrin Everitt

Body paint no longer considered clothing in a dining establishment , what is this world coming to?

Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy
Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy

They also had a recall on Hyundai and Kia a few months back and they just had one on ford it's not just jeep they will keep recalling almost all new cars these days till they are made perfect doesn't matter the brand

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Big recall announced today on Cherokees...told ya...

Nathan McLain
Nathan McLain

Would you pay to go to a topless bar if the women had their boobs covered with a thin piece of cloth? It might pretty much look the same, but that piece of cloth covering the nip is what delineates topless. That's just the way it goes. Also, is using a thin piece of cloth really that complicated?

Jacob Dobson
Jacob Dobson

No sir I have no need to go I have respect for my girl and myself u should try it some time

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

I`m sure ol Jacob has been to a titty bar before and still goes...

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

they were following the law that was the problem, and that's why the law was made more specific, they can change it anytime, and make it even further specific, and require everyone to wear 1 inch thick bulap, if they want. Whatever suites their agenda, but at the time it was legal. Paint is actually a layer between ones skin and the air, and hell if put on thick enough less revealing than a tight shirt.

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

lol cause the thin piece of cloth makes things less visible right? what a waste of time just to make it more complicated and pretty much look the same.

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

now that said im referring to vehicles likely 2005 and older, the new grand Cherokees look like minivans. But i wouldn't mind a new four door wrangler!

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

ive owned 3 jeeps they are good vehicles, or used to be. Don't care if they owned by dodge/Chrysler or not. Dodge durangos are garbage and fall apart, jeeps don't, so the factories are not run the same, nor the vehicles designed the same. Also they are easier to work on than ford, which also makes cars that last a long time, just a bitch to work on at times!

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

absolutely fine at a different restaurant. If they wanna have a banna hammock res, for girls, you girls enjoy! Just dont want them blocking my views!

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

young people don't vote, they are busy actually living, its the old people who are retired have nothing better to do than read the newspaper, and discuss politics, that go and vote for their neighbors in the old folks home!

Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy
Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy

As much respect I have for myself I also have it for the man I'm with and the relationship I'm in

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

i like your comment, even if i do disagree and think breasts are okay for children to see as long as they are not portrayed in a raunchy sexual way.

Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy
Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy

Jim no and my boyfriend also wouldn't be ok with me being half dressed getting groped on by men and the fact is if you are a good looking waitress you become a stripper more than 98% of the time or they get lucky and can bartender which is where the real money is anyway

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

Nathan revisions aren't enforcing existing ordinance. You think guns and ammo are in short supply cause the gov just wants to enforce existing ordinance with their revisions? Hell maybe they should use a latex based paint, people make clothes out of latex, would that be better? You cannot see through the paint, hell I think the paint is less revelaing than a bikini in my book, I like to see skin color and shadows. With the paint their whole chests almost disappear!

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

You will be a waitress and keep your clothes on. About $500.00 cash a night. Just think about it really.

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

if I raised my daughter to be the type that wouldn't be offended to work at a place ilke that, then I probably would be the type of father who wouldn't give a shit, and would just look at the other girls. That being said, that's not me, im just sayin!

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

But "sister mary" Catherine Holliday loves party cove at LL.

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

OBVIOUSLY not a chick. But just about any guy, that's not on Viagra!

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

if you don't want to see half naked women at your restaurant youd better question your sexual orientation. Its not a matter of have toos, its a matter of even if you see it regularly, you can never get enough, or enough damn variety (unless of course your gay). Theres a good reason why Texas has a Ton of breastaurants.

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

fuck you Lewisville! what a buncha old fags and old maids! Who was it hurting lets be honest here? the patrons that obviously went there to see just that? It was hurting no one, it was kept indoors. Damn council needs to come up with more important shit to worry about!

Cindy Goar Rogers
Cindy Goar Rogers

"This isn't an X-rated movie," Tinker explains. "It's an R-rated, possibly, maybe, you could go under that, I think, but you know what you're coming to. You don't bring little kids." Not Tinker's words!!

Cindy Goar Rogers
Cindy Goar Rogers

You have Tinker's remarks WRONG!!! That was some NASCAR fan that was there. Tinker WAS on camera and spoke about the meeting and that Redneck Heaven would abide by whatever passes.

Nathan McLain
Nathan McLain

Darren, the point is that you're only supposed to be able to see boobies at certain types of businesses and they're not classified as as sexually oriented business. If they want to operate as a place that shows boobies, then they need to be properly classified. It's really pretty simple.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Being nekkid or half-nekkid can be legal with the right paperwork, so this is not exactly a freedom of expression battle. 

Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy
Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy

I'll pass call me old fashioned but I enjoy having self resect and living a normal life

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

No Problem you can keep those benefits and do it at night. And BTW anything Chrysler,Dodge or Jeep is unreliable crap.

Charles Philip Greer-Carrillo
Charles Philip Greer-Carrillo

And on that day it is not like it is a place to eat. Impossible to eat there on that day. Standing room only - packed w/ guys. My least favorite day to go...

Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy
Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy

Btw I want a jeep grand cherrokee limited not a Lexus I live in Texas not Miami lol

Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy
Lauren Elizabeth Dowdy

Ha thanks Jim ill pass I make plenty of money and actually can do my taxes, have health care, and benefits

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Why would I drive all the way to LL, your house is much closer.

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