Sex Is The Issue
More than 150 Rockaway residents demonstrated their displeasure with a "sex shop" in their neighborhood by participating in a raucous demonstration in front of the Golden Video shop on Beach 116 Street last Monday evening.
"Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, this smut has to go," the chanted, led by Democratic district leader Lew Simon.
"Get rid of the sex toys," they added.
In fact, according to officials of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, the sex toys were already gone from view.
"We spoke with the owners last week and they promised to move all of the sexually explicit material, including the tapes and the magazines into a closed off "adults only" room and they promised to do away with the toys."
A quick inspection by a reporter for The Wave confirmed that the owners had, in fact, complied with the Chamber’s requests.
While the majority of those present at the demonstration were in favor of closing down the shop, not all were so sure.
"I think that those who are protesting are idiots," said Michael Basila, a Rockaway resident who plans on becoming a customer. "What is the harm of adults want to watch those kinds of show in the privacy of their own homes."
The owners agreed.
"We are not doing anything illegal," said Monica, who assists in managing the shop. "As you can see, this is a regular store."
"All of the things the people outside are against are behind the door," she added, pointing to a door that said "Must be 21 or Older To Enter."
Michael, another of the store’s workers, pointed out that the store that was at that site previously also sold and rented sexually explicit material and that the material was often up front, right in the window.. He also pointed out that he could go "across the street of another store and show me sexually explicit material for sale right in the open.
Simon and the others opposed to the store and dedicated to closing it down say that they will continue the pressure, but that no plans had yet been made for any further demonstrations.