Anti-family friendly event fears fade with BOMA contract

In response to a controversial Lawnchair Concert Series act who performed earlier this summer, Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a new special events co-sponsor contract during its Thursday, Sept. 23 meeting.

Going forward, any agreements made between the Town and any co-sponsor (in the case of the Lawnchair Series it would be Mamajam Productions) would need to clearly delineate the partnering activities as either being family friendly or intended for adult audiences (ages 18 and older).

According to the contract, “Family Friendly” means no content presented will include sexual content, obscenity or vulgarity; no profanity; and references to the use of illegal drugs or other deemed inappropriate (material) for children at the sole discretion of the Town of Farragut. Any images used shall be rated as G or PG.”

Additionally, “no events (family friendly or adult) will include racial/ethnic slurs; hate speech; personal insults; and hostile or threatening language or other deemed inappropriate.”

Further, any contracting organization “agrees they have notified their subcontractors (performers, artists, vendors, etc.) the requirements listed in this document for any family friendly or adult event.”

Also, organizers will be including a list of performers, artists, vendors or others involved in the event and will notify Town staff if any additions or substitutions are made.

The new contract also includes a clause in its release of liability waver stating “that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or veteran status be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of or be subject to discrimination at any event, program or activity on Town property or co-sponsored by the Town.”