Utah Theater Faces $25,000 Fine For Showing Deadpool With Beer
A Utah theater could lose it's liquor license and be fined up to $25,000.00 for showing Deadpool and serving alcohol. There is a law prohibiting the showing of nudity, sex acts and alcohol in one spot. The theater, Brewvies, is claiming the law is unconstitutional.
On February 23rd, to undercover investigators from the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control went to see the R-rated movie and purchased beer. Agent Bradley Bullock wrote the following in his report:
The main character (male) in the film is shown numerous times engaging in acts or simulated acts of sexual intercourse with the female counterpart during a holiday themed sex-montage.
Which was followed up in a supplemental report by Agent Sean Cannon:
An example of this is during 'International Women's Day' Vanessa looks to be sodomizing Wade in their bed. Later in the movie, Wade gets into a fight with another character – Ajax played by Ed Skrein. During the fight, Wade's clothing comes off. Wade shows full frontal nudity during the fight scene.
This is not the first time the theater had been fined for violating the same law. Brewvies was fined $1,627.00 for showing the Hangover Part II.
The initial hearing against Brewvies was canceled, but their attorney Rocky Anderson says the theater is going to sue the agency, claiming that the law is unconstitutional. According to Anderson, similar laws in other states have been thrown out by the courts and Idaho recently repealed their law.