Clarksville pub's racy sign causes controversy - WKRN News 2

Clarksville pub's racy sign causes controversy


An electronic sign for the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in Clarksville is drawing some criticism from parents who feel its video display is too racy.

The sign is in front of the restaurant's location at 2790 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.

It scrolls through an advertisement for menu specials and other promotions. It also features video commercials featuring scantly clad waitresses.

"I understand where people could be concerned because it is a little bit racy," mother Amanda Claytor of Clarksville said.

She continued, "I think the business owner should evaluate what they are showing and who is seeing it. My personal opinion is I don't really watch the sign. I watch the road, so it doesn't bother me."

The Tilted Kilt's corporate office in Arizona referred Nashville's News 2's request for comment to Fishman PR and Marketing in Illinois.

A representative there said they would reach out to the corporate office to find out if they would comment about the sign concerns.

At the time of publishing this article, the company had not responded with a comment.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan was also unavailable for comment on Wednesday.

However, the city does not have an ordinance regarding the content of business signs. City officials have said previously that the content of signs is a first amendment issue.

That would make it difficult for the city to intervene on the content of the sign despite complaints from the public.

The city has organized a task force to examine the city's signage guidelines, but the content of signs will probably not be apart of any findings from the task force.

Some parents said the sign's content is not racier than other advertisements children are exposed to in other places.

"Me personally I don't see anything wrong with it," father Mark Smith said. "They are going to learn in school more from other kids talking than that sign is going to promote."

He continued," It is no different from what you see on TV."

 Ronald Light is a father of three children.

"Honestly, I don't think it is too racy now a days," he said. "I think it is tasteful."

Joshua Steele, a Clarksville father, said the advertisement is much like other restaurant chains that feature beautiful women as part of its appeal.

"Here I am used to other restaurants like Hooters and stuff it is all the same so it really doesn't bother me much."

The Tilted Kilt also has a location in Hendersonville.

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