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Iowa Patch Poll: Did Bar Have Right to Ban Girl From Dancing on Platform Because of Her Weight?

Jordan Ramos filed a complaint after she said she was insulted about her weight and banned from dancing on a dance platform with friends.

You've probably heard about the young woman named who says she was banned from dancing on a platform at the Union Bar in Iowa City after bouncers told her she was not pretty enough to dance there and "obviously pregnant."

The bar apologized, the city of Iowa City forced the to for safety reasons and just this past weekend there was this .

There's two good questions from this case, but only room for one poll, although plenty of room in the comment section to discuss both. 

  • "Did the Union bar have the right to ban Jordan Ramos from dancing on a platform because of her weight?" While certainly tacky, does a private business have the right to decide what happens inside its doors? After all, size isn't a protected class as is gender, sexual orientation, race, etc. This is our poll question.
  • The second question is did Iowa City overreact by ordering the Union to dismantle the bar following this controversy?
Jim Zupan May 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Not true Megan. If you delete posts based on your own sense of what is right, that is called censorship, which is unfortunate, as I have found no other place to get local Ankeny news. But to promote it as intelligent conversation would not be right by just deleting language you feel is inappropriate. If you want to promote this as a place for intelligent conversations, you would have to remove stupid posts as well. Sorry, but censorship does not sit well with me.
Jim Zupan May 07, 2012 at 05:28 PM
So if you phrase a fat joke differently, that makes it ok...please.
Jim Zupan May 07, 2012 at 05:36 PM
As a business, they have the right to tell her she can't dance there. She did the right thing by making it known. There are some idiots that would go to such a place, but I am not one of them. I may preach healthy life style, but I in no way could condone such shallow behavior.
Patricia A Glass-Fosseen May 07, 2012 at 07:15 PM
The bar should have considered the safety of all who may want to dance there. Regardless of shape or size. A place of business should not be allowed to have this in their place of business if it is unsafe for any patron. It could be just as unsafe for a 98 pound female as it is for a 130 pound female if one or the other was under the influence of alcohol and would happen to slip or step wrong and fall. Therefore I am against the fact that they discriminated against who was allowed to dance on the platform and the fact that it was even brought into the establishment at all.
Megan VerHelst May 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Jim, I definitely understand your point so I'll drop the word "intelligent" from my previous comment. We don't want to come off as censoring ideas or thoughts here, and what is considered "intelligent" or "stupid", I think we can both agree, is going to vary from person to person. Regardless, comments laced with profanity will still be deleted.

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