slides: Providence Journal Takes Ads from Cadillac Lounge and Targets High School Students
Monday, February 14, 2011
Always In The News
The Cadillac Lounge has been making Journal headlines since 2005 when the strip club was granted a liquor license despite a citywide ban on serving alcohol in adult entertainment locations. In June, federal investigators raided the Lounge as part of an ongoing investigation into how it obtained its permit. The venue found itself in the news again most recently in January 2011 when the former leader of the New England Mafia, Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchi, was arrested on conspiracy and extortion charges for allegedly accepting protection payments from both the Cadillac Lounge and the Satin Doll in downtown Providence. The US Attorney’s Office said they could not comment whether they are still in the process of investigating the club.
A source close to the paper said an advertisement for a venue constantly being called into question by the media outlet should never have been allowed to appear on the Web site. “At best it’s bad judgment,” the source said. “[The Cadillac Lounge] is always in the news. Of all places to put it, they chose the high school page. Those kids aren’t old enough to go to a place like that.”
Unfortunate For Society
It is perfectly legal for A.H. Belo’s Providence paper to run an ad for a strip club on a portion of the site designed to deliver information about high school athletes, but several prominent newspapers in the region, including the Boston Globe, have strict policies against running adult ads. Donald Anderson, the executive minister of the R.I. State Council of Churches, is among those who believe the Journal should hold itself to higher standards. “I think anything that takes a human life and cheapens it to the commercialized selling of oneself is unfortunate for society,” Anderson said. “I’m very much against these perverted acts that are often belittling to women. Many women get caught up in these situations and it’s usually not a happy ending.”
ACLU Would Oppose Banning Adult Ads
While the Journal’s stance on sexual exploitation may now appear hypocritical, Executive Director of the ACLU Steve Brown said he would oppose a government ban of adult ads in any publication. “It’s a lawful place,” Brown said, referring to the Cadillac Lounge. “I think it’s a double standard to look at some companies' wrongdoings and let others go.”
He made no differentiation as to if the ad was adjacent to content provided to high school students. Effort to get comment from A.H. Belo’s corporate offices in Dallas, Texas were unsuccessful.
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