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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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.