Hurrah, Hooters in Bristol has closed! But it's still festering in Cardiff, and the threats of one in Brighton continue. The licensing committees, despite their dedication to gender equality, believe Hooters is a family friendly restaurant that doesn't encourage sexual objectification of women. We disagree.
The UK does not want 'Hooters'. It is a retrograde step for a country dedicated to gender equality
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Aww, shucks - Hooters are wishing us good luck
Obviously, none of us here at No To Hooters HQ were in any doubt as to the kindness and generosity embedded in the bosoms of the Hooters franchise... and this was reinforced when one Greg popped by this blog to catch up on some reading, and left us some fan mail. We published it on the relevant blog post, but here it is again in case you missed it:
Hi, Sorry to interupt, I would like to let you know that the artwork at the bottom of this page (which has been distorted)belongs to us and is copyrighted, (as stated on our website), would you be so kind to remove it please? Good luck with your cause, Kind regards Greg
We've encountered Greg before. Several times. He simply lurves to promote Hooters (heaven knows they need the business, the Bristol branch is always so empty whenever I walk by, that you can see the tumbleweeds drifting between the chasms of empty tables).
Thing is, if you Google said person's name and "Hooters", nothing very official comes up - just some Facebook links. Perhaps it's not his real name. It's understandable to think he'd be embarrassed to work for a greasy breastaurant chain. He certainly should be.
Anyhoo, back in October, Greg sent a colleague of mine a string of badly spelt and badly punctuated emails about why Hooters was such a great thing, and so supportive of women. One of his sentences best sums up how ill-informed Hooters is about women:
They are treated like queens, they run the show, they look after themselves, in fact it is more "girl power" than anything else, isn't this meant to be what feminism stands for?
No, Greg, that isn't "meant to be what feminism stands for". Feminism is about equality between the genders. And "girl power" is nothing to do with feminism - that was a tacky slogan invented by the Spice Girls' marketing team in the 1990s, but (like the Spice Girls) it's certainly nothing to do with feminism. Wake up, Greg, and smell the sexism. Women are people, too.