Angered By Family Values Tour, Louisiana District Passes Law

Ordinance requires promoters to disclose nature of any event in advance.

Although organizers of the Family Values tour have said the event's name was meant to

be funny, legislators in Lafayette, La., were not amused.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council passed a truth-in-advertising ordinance June 13

requiring concert promoters to fully disclose the nature of the events they bring to

Lafayette, according to Norma Dugas, an assistant clerk to the council, which represents

both the city and parish of Lafayette.

The measure, Dugas said, stems largely from opposition to concerts — including

the Family Values event at the Cajundome last fall — that "were advertised as

family values concerts which in essence were not."

Last year's inaugural Family Values tour counted hard-rock bands Korn, Limp Bizkit and

Orgy and rapper Ice Cube among its participants. Korn's Jonathan Davis and Limp

Bizkit's Fred Durst ended the shows with a rendition of Korn's "All in the Family" (

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exchange vulgar insults that include a joke about incest. Ice Cube often raps about

criminal life. His song titles, such as "Fuck Dying" (

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Amanda Cagan, a publicist for Korn and for the Family Values tour, which Korn founded,

said the band declined to comment on the ordinance. She said the tour's name was not

meant to be taken seriously.

"It has always been billed as an irreverently titled tour," Cagan said. "For some reason,

these people didn't pay close enough attention."

Lafayette residents did pay attention to the show itself. Pam DeVille, assistant director of

the Cajundome, which usually hosts minor-league hockey and University of

Southwestern Louisiana basketball games, said she fielded as many as 35 calls a day in

the weeks leading up to the show from people who were upset about it. She said most of

the calls were made by "a very Christian organization."

"It was very well orchestrated, no doubt," DeVille said. "It does take up a lot of time."

But the show went on without problems, she said. Cagan said Korn did not even know

there had been strong opposition.

Joe Cook, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, said the

organization is reviewing whether or not the ordinance is unconstitutional and whether to

take action.

"It would seem to be overly broad, vague and open to varying interpretations," he said. "It

seems rather obvious from all of the statements made behind the ordinance that it stems

from the Family Values tour, which seemed to upset people's family values. ... Of course

this is so broad, this can affect political speech."

The ordinance, drafted by council member Darrell Schouest, carries no specific

penalties, according to Dugas. But Lafayette prosecutors will have the ability to pursue a

case against promoters found to be in violation, she said.

The ordinance, she said, went into effect immediately after it was signed June 14 by the

council's president, Walter Comeaux.

A second edition of the Family Values tour, featuring Limp Bizkit, Filter and others, will

hit the road later this year. Dates have yet to be announced.