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Jim Burroway

October 23rd, 2009

The Advocate asks, “Best Buns Contest Too Public?”

A gay rodeo\’s “best buns contest” has elicited a complaint from a Sacramento-area resident who lives across the street from the venue where the event took place, according to Monty Stanley of Wilton, Calif., said the October 17 show, which was sponsored by the Capitol Crossroads Gay Rodeo Association as a fund-raiser for Shriners children’s hospitals, was in plain view from his driveway.

“They had more than best buns,” Stanley told KCRA. “They had everything out there naked, and you can see it plain as day. What I witnessed there and what you saw on that camera is not different than pornography.”

Stanley stood in his driveway and shot video of the event, which he made available to KCRA. On the night of the rodeo event, his teenage daughter had several friends over at the house, and Stanley said they all witnessed the contest as well.

The event’s organizers deny that anything other than buns were displayed. But still, I think a good rule of thumb is this: If you’re having a best buns contest and someone can see those buns from clear across the street and in their own driveway, then yes. It’s too public.



Richard W. Fitch
October 23rd, 2009 | LINK

I liked to know the elevation of said driveway and the power binoculars used.

Lindoro Almaviva
October 23rd, 2009 | LINK

OK, I’ll make an offer for the house, and promise never to protest when the best bums contest comes to town again.

October 23rd, 2009 | LINK


Where’s the video?

Seriously though it’s kind of hard to gauge how bad it was just on hearsay.

At least it’s for a great cause. I volunteered at a Shriner’s Hospital for a few years.

October 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Yeah. If the teenage daughter and her friends are straight or bi, they probably didn’t mind very much.

Seriously, if it happened like the man described, I agree with you (and him). But like Richard Fitch, I’m wondering a little about his definition of “in plain sight.”

Priya Lynn
October 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Stanley wants to hurt sick children!

October 23rd, 2009 | LINK

“What I witnessed there and what you saw on that camera is not different than pornography.”

So, this guy thinks that just showing your ass is “pornographic”?

I wonder what he would think of actual, real, honest to goodness PORN!?


Emily K
October 23rd, 2009 | LINK

I’m on the side of the guy. I don’t want to see anyone’s ass while looking out my back window.

(cue all the comments accusing me of being a “puritan” and being a self-hating gay.)

Christopher Waldrop
October 24th, 2009 | LINK

Emily, I don’t think you’re a puritan, but I also don’t think I can fairly be on either side without actually seeing the video. How much really was exposed? If my neighbor’s sunbathing in a thong I may not want to see it, but if they’re on their property and still technically clothed I don’t think I can do anything about it–besides not look. And how easy was it to see the contest from across the street? Don’t people usually have to pay to get into these events, which would mean they wouldn’t want to put on a free show?

October 24th, 2009 | LINK

My only concern is that the cause of people who want to flash their naked asses in public not be included in the same category as the people who want equality under the law. Their cause is probably a good one, but it’s much less important than ours, and I always worry about how theirs affects ours.

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