That long harrumph! on strip clubs from the Seattle Times this week had to leave a lot of readers smiling if not laughing out loud.>"/>
That long harrumph! on strip clubs from the Seattle Times this week had to leave a lot of readers smiling if not laughing out loud. It was notable for being out of touch with its community and perhaps the Times itself. Under new editorial page editor Ryan Blethen, the Times' opinions have begun to voice a sugar-tit tone of correctness not evident under predecessor Jim Vesely. The "Egads!" if not "My word!" reaction was laid out in Victorian splendor to oppose a court-approved plan for a new Deja Vu strip club across from Safeco Field. The unnamed writer - who seemed to confuse Deja Vu owner Roger Forbes with Seattle's freshly re-indicted Strippergate perp Frank Colacurcio Sr. - thought that taking jobs as nude dancers was "degrading to women," that dancing clubs are "ersatz brothels" and "dingy gathering places for lonely men to sip overpriced soft drinks and ogle the female form." Lap dancing "is prostitution by another name." And the new SoDo club would be "too damn close to families and a general public that is insulted and offended by the intrusion."