This is funny: A gaggle of die-hard nudists have been fighting the City of San Francisco for the past two years over a ban on public nudity that took effect in 2012, and NakedSword’s location shoot in the Castro two years ago for Golden Gate 5 figures into their case.
Nudity, you see, wasn’t really illegal in SF before this ban was voted in, but a few (mostly older) gentlemen started making a bit of a nuisance of themselves in a public plaza near a train station, wearing cock rings in the middle of the afternoon, etc., and the city councilman for the neighborhood (Scott Wiener, who is actually gay) stepped in and put this law in place because he had heard too many complaints.
A lot of uproar ensued, because San Francisco is a liberal place where we like our naked people even though the law made exceptions for things like Folsom Street Fair but the law got approved by the rest of the city’s Board of Supervisors and that was that. The topic became one of the main plot points used for the porn spoof that was Golden Gate 5, with Dale Cooper playing the Wiener role (dubbed Supervisor Cox).
Die-hard nudists have been protesting ever since, though, and getting citations from the police and fighting them in court, and now as Courthouse News reports, NakedSword was mentioned in the decision by the federal judge who’s allowing the nudists’ second amended complaint against the city to go to trial.
The issue is, they say, they’re getting unfairly targeted by police, and the “NakedSword film shoot” is brought up as one instance where police were present, people were naked, but no one was cited under the nudity ban.
The judge wrote, “Two of the control groups alleged – participants in Critical Mass and World Naked Bike Ride – engaged in publicly nude bike riding. The third control group – participants in the ‘Naked Sword film shoot’ – was shooting a film involving public nudity, and is not alleged to have been riding bikes.” The judge agreed with the nudists that they’ve been unfairly targeted at their own protests when police haven’t given tickets to people at these other events. But what’s funny is that this courthouse blog, not knowing what NakedSword is, refers to what happened as a “a naked swordfight.”
Anyway, this is actually what happened: