“I’M HERE TO SHUT YOU DOWN!”
– Chief of street event security
Yes it’s true! Even though Treasure Island Media’s office doors were open for business during the Folsom Street Fair, we were officially shut down after event officials complained to the San Francisco Police Department, reporting visible sexual activity from our third floor studio windows. We had been selling DVDs and greeting fans all day from our lobby on 9th Street and Folsom, but I guess when the huge crowd gathered in the streets it pissed off the street event organizers.
Next thing we knew, a policewoman was asking to see the man in charge.
The responding police officer said she had no problem that sex was taking place, but asked us not to do it in the window with our curtains open. Fair enough, but we promised our fans some live sex shows! The policewoman suggested we invite our fans upstairs into our the office for a more private viewing. On-site General Manager, Matt Mason explained that the suggestion made sense but security would be a concern.
Ever so helpful, the officer called the Folsom Events security chief to our office to get his suggestions. The security dude behaved like an idiot, lashing out, “There’s no fucking way I’m going to help you guys when I’m here to shut you down.”
Matt Mason responded, “It’s your fair and I’m not responsible for what happens on public streets, and we’re not about to violate anyone’s free rights to do what they want.”
The Folsom Events guy said, “Come on! I know some of them were your people. I recognize them from your videos!” Um, busted!
Mr. Mason just looked at the policewoman, who shrugged her shoulders.
After we ejected the Folsom loudmouth from our offices and said farewell to our incredibly polite public servant, we quickly re-arranged our office, set up a security plan, and let people in by the dozens! A great time was had by one and all, despite the intentions of the street event organizers to stop us from engaging with our fans.
The actions of the street event organizers just go to show you that they are on a petty mission to STOP all sex everywhere and that we are the last bastion of free sex culture in San Francisco. It’s clear to us that the event organizers don’t even like sex but are willing to exploit yours and our sexuality in order to rake in huge sponsorship dollars. And they treat us like the Hypocrites? They should be glad we decided to show up and give people at least one reason to come to their homogeneous little fair.