Say, didn’t Kevin Bacon and John Lithgow work all of this out in Footloose?  Remember that small Midwestern town where Lithgow’s thundering preacher made all of the kids unhappy by not letting them look like a bad parody of teen dance movies, until Bacon moved into town and finally got Lithgow to see the need to shake their groove things, yeah-yeah?  Well, Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month may be only a degree or two removed from John Lithgow, but it isn’t the morals of the kiddies that the Diamond Bar city council wants to protect with their ban on new live entertainment licenses.  Ask yourself who benefits from locking out new competitors in the nightclub business in the Southern California city, and it ain’t the souls of the lost youth in the foothills:

Basically, this acts as a market barrier that benefits all of the existing license holders.  They won’t have any further competition, which allows them to do things like hike cover charges and drink prices more easily.  If I was a dancing fool in Diamond Bar, I’d check into who pushed this and why.

Addendum: I actually think Footloose was one of the better films in the teen-rebel genre, mainly because of Lithgow’s performance and a surprisingly sympathetic tone towards his character.  It was just too enticing as a hook for this post.

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