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ChiefsOne
05-05-2005, 09:24 AM
Who has been to a strip club out of the country? Experiences?


OSLO (Reuters) - Striptease is art like opera or ballet, an Oslo court has ruled in a victory for nightclub owners over Norway's tax authorities.

"I'm very pleased. Ninety percent of the guests here tell me that what I'm doing is art," a female stripper at the Dream Go Go Bar in the city of Trondheim told NRK radio Wednesday.

The court ruled this week that striptease should be treated like other artistic stage shows, ranging from stand-up comedy to opera, for which tickets are exempt from value-added tax (VAT).

Tax authorities had demanded more than 1.0 million Norwegian crowns ($159,500) from the Blue Angel club in Oslo in unpaid VAT, arguing that strippers were not artists and so tickets to their shows were subject to VAT, normally 25 percent.

Lawyers for the Blue Angel, which contested the VAT demands, argued that undressing as nurses, police women or flamenco dancers demonstrated artistic flair. Tax authority lawyers said audiences were attracted to the shows by nudity, not art.

"Of course stripping is art," Magnus Morland, owner of the String Show Bar in Oslo, told Reuters. He said the ruling would let clubs operate with better margins and did not rule out cutting the 150 Norwegian crowns ($23.93) entry fee.

Rain Man
05-05-2005, 10:42 AM
What a victory for patrons of the arts.

Stinger
05-05-2005, 10:47 AM
I can see it now. "Honey your an art lover right? Well I just spent $500 in support of the arts. Tickets? Ticket to what?"

munkey
05-05-2005, 10:48 AM
What a victory for patrons of the arts.

We have a strip club here in Boise that's been busted a few times for letting their girls go completely naked (of coarse we have a law for that, pasties & panties only). The owner decided he'd put out note pads and paper so he could claim it was art as his patrons were asked to draw the girls preforming...Needless to say he got busted again...

Katipan
05-05-2005, 10:53 AM
If you've never watched a naked girl pour Pert Shampoo all over herself while lounging in a 4 ft tall plastic champagne glass...

you don't know art.

ENDelt260
05-05-2005, 10:55 AM
If you've never watched a naked girl pour Pert Shampoo all over herself while lounging in a 4 ft tall plastic champagne glass...

you don't know art.
I must've missed that exhibit at the last Scottsdale Art Walk. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled next time.

munkey
05-05-2005, 10:56 AM
If you've never watched a naked girl pour Pert Shampoo all over herself while lounging in a 4 ft tall plastic champagne glass...

you don't know art.

I dunno...got pictures?