What Am I Not Getting About This Whole Fred Willard/Penis Exposure Thing?

What Am I Not Getting About This Whole Fred Willard/Penis Exposure Thing?

One of our most celebrated TV guest stars and Christopher Guest movie staples was arrested yesterday (today? Sometime in the recent past) for diddling his doo-dad in an adult movie theater.

What is the big problem, is what I’m wondering.

I mean, I don’t know why the police raided the thing. I’m an internet blogger and I choose to be as uninformed as I want to be and I haven’t had time to delve too deeply into the hows and whys of this situation, so maybe the police were on a drug bust or there was some prostitution angle. I’m thinking probably drugs, though, because I’m watching The Wire right now and everything is about drugs.

But even if they had a good reason for raiding the place, why did they bother arresting men for doing what any man goes to an adult movie theater to do (I’m guessing)?

I remember when I was a kid and the whole Pee-Wee’s pee-wee thing came out and it was a huge deal and parents forbade children from watching Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and as a kid I was like, “Whoa, serious business,” because I was a kid and I had no concept of what was really going on.

So, now as an adult, I guess I’m wondering why we bother arresting people for this? I’m genuinely wondering, if any law enforcement people can enlighten me.

It seems counterproductive, is all. I watched The Wire episode yesterday where Bunny Colvin says, “There’s never been a paper bag…for drugs.” I’m curious why there’s also never been a paper bag for wanking your johnson in an adult movie theater.


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  • The LA Times article cited by the Tribune indicated that the authorities either act on complaints, or make regular inspections of regulated businesses.

    The real question is why Fred hasn't heard of the things called the Internet or Pay Per View TV. There used to be scores of XXX theaters in the Loop, now I don't think any.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack! And you raise a good question. The computer is your friend, Mr. Willard.

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