CALGARY – Actor Kevin Bacon is being touted as the hero that the town of Taber, Alta., needs to protest a new law targeting bad behaviour, including spitting, swearing, yelling and too much noise from bars.
A group of people in Edmonton have posted a video on Youtube asking Kickstarter to help raise $100,000 to pay Bacon to attend a planned dance party just outside the southern Alberta community of 8,104.
“Hello, Kickstarter,” intones a silhouetted Jordan Bloemen in the video. “A small town in Alberta, Canada, recently passed the law from the 1984 motion picture `Footloose’ banning music in public, public gatherings, swearing and instituting various curfews.
“We think that’s super silly mostly because it’s 2015 and Taber, Alberta, is a real place, not the setting of a charming 1980s dance-rock-themed coming-of-age story.”
Bloemen also said it’s likely the law violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“That small town from `Footloose,’ they needed a hero. They needed Kevin Bacon in a tank top. Mr. Bacon, the people of Taber, Alberta, need a hero now more than ever.”
Bloemen, Matthew Gresiuk and Scott Winder say they have launched the campaign to make a point – that the bylaw was ill-thought out.
“Of course, we’re fans of `Footloose,’ ” says Winder. “And Kevin Bacon.”
The group has reached out to Bacon’s people but haven’t heard anything back yet. Winder says the star’s daily appearance stipend is about $100,000 in American dollars, and they are hoping to account for the currency exchange.
“Kickstarter, let’s take this too far,” says Bloemen in the video. “Help us host a raucous dance party-protest against an archaic, vaguely worded law passed by an out-of-touch town council, held of course just outside of Taber.
“Help us bring a big-city kid to a small town who knows he has to win. If we reach our goal we will have the money to reach out to Kevin Bacon and have his people even entertain the idea of him showing up. Can we guarantee he will attend? Legally, no, but maybe Kenny Loggins is available.”
Winder says it is a protest but they are serious about hosting a dance party. He notes that the campaign still hasn’t been approved by Kickstarter.
Reading like a page from the Old West, the bylaw includes a $75 fine for spitting in public and a $150 penalty for yelling, screaming or swearing in a public place. There are also limits on noise from bars.
The town’s “quiet hours” are between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
The bylaw was put in place to “regulate and prohibit certain activities in order to prevent and compel the abatement of noise, nuisances, graffiti and public disturbances and to provide for a curfew for minors.”