Boston bans anyone under 16 from attending MMA shows without a parent


Kate ‏@baddaykate
This seems wicked stupid.

The phrase 'Banned in Boston' is a mark of shame on the city. From the late 19th century through the mid-1960's some of the nation's greatest literary works, motion picture, and plays were prohibited from distribution or exhibition, including:
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1881)
H. L. Mencken's The American Mercury magazine (1926, Mencken was actually arrested for it)
Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis (1927)
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1927)
Oil! by Upton Sinclair (1927, served as the basis for the 2007 film There Will Be Blood)
Mosquitoes by William Faulkner (1927)
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (1929)
Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith (1944, an interracial romance novel)
Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers (song, 1957)
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (1965)

And it isn't over.

Under the direction of union shill Boston City Council president Steven Murphy, the Boston City Council passed a resolution on Wednesday that will ban children under the age of 16 from attending all amateur and professional MMA events without the supervision of a parent. The vote was unanimous.

It took 55 years, but Boston has now topped banning Wake Up Little Susie for sheer stupidity.

Murphy had sought to ban anyone 18 and under from attending, but the watered down version reduced that to under 16, effectively giving the world's fastest growing sport an 'R' rating.

White previously discussed Murphy, in an interview with MMAJunkie.

"This Murphy guy. You elect a politician to hopefully go out and bring in jobs, create revenue in your city, bring in events that bring revenue to your city," said White. "This guy comes out and he's saying all this s--- like '18 and under' and all this other stuff they're doing to us. Then sure enough, this hearing, 25 of the Culinary Union members are there. And this guy busts out a video of Chael Sonnen talking about Anderson Silva in Brazil. First of all, this is the fight business. This isn't the nice business. This is the fight business."

"There are people here tonight from Brazil, Mexico, Australia, California, Canada. There's people staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, shopping in malls. They're creating revenue for the city of Boston. It's just f---ing crazy."

"This guy's a complete hypocrite and a total jackass. This Murphy guy is a jackass."

The UFC has released a more measured statement, formally requesting the Boston City Council to consider revoking the non-binding resolution:

The non-binding resolution merely concludes that the city of Boston should follow existing state law. However, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is extremely disappointed that the non-binding resolution is filled with blatant inaccuracies and falsehoods. The UFC organization finds it shocking that Councilor Murphy would present such a misleading document for consideration to the City Council.

UFC is proud of the recent event it put on at the TD Garden, which was televised around the world. By all measures, the event was a resounding success, generating millions of dollars in economic benefit for the community and cast the great city of Boston in a positive light.

Councilor Murphy's resolution demonstrates a complete lack of understanding about what mixed martial arts is, the amazing world class athletes that compete in the sport, and the many benefits it brings to a community. There is clearly a reason why MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Consequently, it is unfortunate that Councilor Murphy's actions caused the Boston City Council to be manipulated by a union based in Las Vegas, Nevada. We would hope that the City Council, once it learns the truth about MMA and all of the positive aspects of the sport, would consider revoking this non-binding resolution.


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6ULDV8 site profile image  

8/22/13 5:12 PM by 6ULDV8

Jefferson Starship knows what's up.

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8/22/13 3:29 PM by 6ULDV8

Dad, can we watch the fights together?   Not unless I pirate it son.   Aw shucks dad, can you?  Can you?   Well I don't know son, that's illegal...   Well is there any way we can legally watch it dad?  Is there?   I'm afraid not son, and we must obey the law at all times, so no more UFC for you.   Fuck the police.  Seriously.  Are minors still allowed to go to baseball or football games, or are your children protected from seeing those live too?   Nanny State.  It's completely ruined your aiports.  How do you Yanks take it?

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8/22/13 2:22 PM by 6ULDV8

BOSTON STRONG!   Dana and Joe must love that.  That's their hometown.

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8/22/13 2:19 PM by TuLegit

wtf mccorkle has a nazi tattoo?

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8/22/13 7:51 AM by 3 Sided Square

Except that their bottom line will come from the people who were pushing for this. Unions.Also, how many 16 year olds and under were going to MMA shows without an adult? This is 100% future political capital. They passed a law that really has zero effect on society because the problem wasn't there in the first place. If they really wanted to protect the children they would take a hard stance and try to ban minors completely. That way they would have to publicly defend their stance with reason and logic. They didn't do this for a reason. Instead they went with something that people were more than likely doing on their own already without any law in place.

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8/22/13 7:40 AM by jaytrainwreck


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8/22/13 2:00 AM by time traveling 12er

So basically the culinary union spent a bunch of member dollars to get a politician to say publicly that the UFC supports nazi's, rape, and homophobia. Lol. The city wasted a bunch of money to re-state an already existing law. Nice.

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8/22/13 12:57 AM by ssj

Get over it you faggots no one wants kids at UFC's anyway

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8/22/13 12:09 AM by ausgepicht

It does suck. This state's government makes it suck. They shouldn't legislate parenting. A mindset that thinks "Parents are shitty, so we'll take over for them." is NOT the mindset a government should have. They are overstepping their boundaries. As I mentioned, this is about VOTES. Soccer moms and elderly will vote for any politicians that agrees with "THINK IF THE CHILDREN." This has NOTHING to do with protecting anyone, or making a better society. It's one thing and one thing only: the sliminess of a city council during voting season to garner votes. Nothing more. Nothing less.  

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8/21/13 11:37 PM by choadler

Kind of with you here. Boston sucks. It does. Lived here for 41 years, and our government fucks everything up.   In MA, (not speaking for rest of country), shows are evening to late at night. They finish by around midnight. It is true that there is nothing at the shows for any kid to see, outside of a sibling of one of the competitors. Also, this is non-binding (but can get misinterpreted). I agree with not having kids there without supervision.   Before anyone barks at me, this state sucks. It does. I love how you fucking guys in Ark, TX, etc live. It's just that it doesn't fly here (with anyone outside of me). No one here gives much of a shit about rights as long as it's a common sense thing. I don't want to get flamed for my stance here. My state sucks and I'm aware of it.