It's something of a truism, Gentle Reader, that conservative types, and especially religious conservative types, tend to think that society should be returned to the state it was in during some supposed golden age. In Britain it's most often Victorian Values™ which get touted. That's the Victorian world of great engineers and inventors and the focus on loving families and espousal of sexual virtue, you understand. The Victorian era of slums, rampant prostitution, opium dens, sweat-shop labour and so on is conveniently forgotten.
In the U.S., on the other hand, it tends to be the nineteen-fifties which gets harkened back to. An era when prosperity was high, the only enemy (commie-nism) was external and almost laughably un-nuanced, authority was respected and "God-fearing Christian" was an unchallenged term of respect. Swept under the rug are the open and systemic racism, the organised crime, the blatant sexism, the almost completely unfounded McCarthy-driven paranoia and anything else which might sully the impression of a prosperous, white, Pat Boone paradise.
So you'd think, wouldn't you, that when seventeen-year-old Tiana Ramos opened her own business (entrepreneurialism, yay!), a nineteen-fifties, rockabilly themed doughnut shop, in Front Royal, Virginia, conservative Christians would have been cheering her on, right?
The rockabilly nineteen-fifties, you should understand, is a tad different from the conservative Christian nineteen-fifties. It's the era of the hot-rod Model T, the stripped down Triumph Trophy, wild youth, loud and raucous rock 'n' roll, leather bike-jackets and turned-up jeans. Don't think Perry Como and Lucille Ball family values. Think Little Richard and Betty Page burlesque. Our narrow-view fifties is, of course, just as much a fantasy as the conservative fifties, but hey, we know we're fantasising.
But that disparity of fantasies is why, as Raw Story explains,
the store's name [Naughty Girls], and its framed artwork featuring photos of Marilyn Monroe and Betty Page, have drawn the ire of "a strong Conservative Alliance group" in the town, accusing Ramos and her business of promoting promiscuous behavior.
The vaguely burlesque decor and uniforms and the devil's tail on the word "naughty" in the shop's logo have attracted accusations—including in a campaign of harassment in comments (since removed) on business-review site Yelp—of promotion of and indulgence in Satanism and promiscuity. (The self-identified "Local Catholics of Front Royal" have something of a history of opposing "Satanism.")
Within a week of opening, the teen's mother said, someone drove past and threw garbage at the door.
"They literally threw trash at the door and said, 'Naughty girls burn in hell,'" said Natalie Ramos. "I started bawling, right there."
Tiana Ramos, who seems a very community-minded person, and who has donated large amounts to local business and charities (including, ironically, church charities) said, when asked if the harassment might cause her to relocate her business:
"Heck no. They're the reason we're staying here."
And more power to her elbow, says I.
I don't do that there Facebook thing, but if anyone feels like dropping a little love on the shop's Facebook page, I'd be mighty happy.
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