Shirtless is, then brainless does
May 19, 2011
Remember Jethro Bodine’s idea for a topless restaurant?
When Bodine, the hulking, dimwitted nephew of millionaire Jed Clampett on the 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” failed in his attempts to become a credible “double-naught spy,” he sought out another career avenue. Born was Bodine the restaurateur, who thought he’d discovered the perfect marketing gimmick for his venture.
Using his uncle’s dough to finance the deal, Jethro decided to open a topless diner. This being the swinging ’60s, the plan made perfect sense except for two things: One of his waitresses was 70-something Granny Moses, and the missing item from each female employee’s ensemble was to be a hat, not a shirt.
That was Jethro’s idea of topless. It was funny then, but when more Bodines are lurking out there and making silly decisions that actually affect people’s lives, the humor content gets drastically reduced.
And it sure sounds as if at least a few Jethros are involved in running the show at Westwood (Mass.) High School. A story that recently appeared in the Westwood Press reported that high school track coach Tom Davis was fired for not making his runners follow a you-must-always-wear-a-shirt edict.
Just to note, Davis is in charge of a boys’ team, not a girls’ one. So why was this even an issue?
Does a double standard exist when it comes to how much clothing a male can remove in public, compared to a female, without spilling over into the lewd category? Of course, but it’s certainly understandable.