By JUSTIN KENDALL
Michael Van De Carr wants husbands to round up their wives and children and come on down to Totally Nude Temptations at 1517 Grand today at 12:30 p.m. for a free family portrait outside the club.
Van De Carr, a family photographer and 33-year-old father of six, put out a press release Monday morning offering the downtown club's regulars a free family portrait.
“If they like the place that much, and they don't think it's a harm to any families, why don't they bring them down there?” Van De Carr says. “It's free.”
Van De Carr already knows the answer to his question. Though he says he's not sure if anyone will take him up on his offer, the stunt is meant to demonstrate that none of Temptations' customers will accept the offer.
“They would never in a million years think of bringing their families around this,” Van De Carr says. “They know that it's not good for their families, so therefore they keep their families away.”
The publicity stunt is also meant to draw attention to Temptations’ proposed expansion. In exchange for getting permission to expand, Temptations' dancers would wear pasties and g-strings. Temptations would also increase the entry age from 18 to 21, which would allow the club to sell liquor, and replace the “Totally Nude” sign on the building's façade.
The club would seemingly get less raunchy under the changes, but Van De Carr says: “If it’s wrong for somebody to be in there under 18, it’s wrong for somebody to be in there that's 21. It’s morally wrong.”
On the change from naked to scantily clad: “I don't think there's a difference,” he says. “I wouldn't take my kid or any of my kids or any kids I know at all to a beach in Europe that's topless. While that's fine out there – that's the way that it is in their society -- it’s still not right. It's not right.”
On replacing the “Totally Nude” sign: “It’s going to be perceived as a more legitimate place to hang out at because it doesn’t have the sign,” he says. “They’ll put it off as a gentlemen’s club where anyone but gentlemen would be there.”
Of course, rounding up the clan on a weekday isn't easy. People who frequent strip clubs need to work to make all those dollar bills. Wives work, too. Plus, the kids likely will be in school at 12:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. Van De Carr says that’s no excuse.
“I know that there are going to be at least 60 people down there for a fact that have taken off work and gotten away from what they need to do during the regular day because they are that passionate about stopping the expansion,” Van De Carr says. “If the people who frequent the place aren't passionate enough to come down there and make a stand that they believe the expansion should be allowed, that paints another picture for the city.”
Van De Carr expects Phillip Cosby with the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families to be among the 60 people protesting the expansion and taking part in a prayer vigil. After the photo op, they'll march to city hall, Van De Carr says.
I called Temptations but the manager wasn't immediately available.