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October 11, 2003
Haunted House of Ill Repute?

Here's an idea whose time, apparently, has not quite come -- an adult haunted house, complete with simulated genital mutilation and lesbian scenes:

To open, a couple of exhibits had to be toned down, including a mock mutilation of male genitals, as well as a couple of women kissing. Says one performer, "They've completely violated our right to free expression."

But due to the adult content, and the fact that many of the actors are minors, Wentzville city officials decided the haunted house needed an adult entertainment permit.

I suspect it was the lesbian kissing scene (oh! I'm so shocked!) that really got panties in a twist, but the simulated male genital mutilation certainly seems beyond the pale and qualifies the exhibit as adult entertainment. I certainly can't imagine allowing kids to work there or go through the house, but not everyone agrees:

A much different opinion comes from event promoter Dean Kemper. Kemper says, "That's not really up to them. That's up to parents. That's why anyone 17 and under can't be allowed in unless they're accompanied by a parent or guardian. The kids that work here all have parental permission."

Ah, well. I report, I make cynical comment, you decide.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 11, 2003 6:30 PM

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