The Los Angeles Times has come out in support of Wi Spa in an editorial saying the business "did the right thing" in defending a "transgender customer" being "nude in the women's area."
What's the background?
Instagram user cubanaangel — who claimed the cellphone video is hers — wrote the following caption: "NAKED MAN ALLOWED WOMEN DAY SPA. Los Angeles, California. Wi Spa allows a man into women's wet spa section where all the women are naked, mothers with there young daughters and teens. The Wi Spa allowed the man access just because he calls himself a woman. This man was naked [exposing] his testicles and penis slinging left to right in front of young girls, teens, and grown women. What is our world coming to[?]"
The woman recording the clip asked the employee behind the counter, "It's OK for a man to go into the women's section, show his penis around the other women — young little girls, underage? Wi Spa condones that — is that what you're saying?"
When the employee made reference to the man's "sexual orientation," the woman replied, "What sexual orientation? I see a d**k! It lets me know he's a man … he is not a female!"
Toward the end of the clip, another woman — presumably a spa employee — noted that the naked man the woman originally complained about should not have been allowed in the female section.
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Los Angeles magazine said Wi Spa issued a statement pointing to state law prohibiting businesses from discriminating against trans and other gender non-conforming people.
"Like many other metropolitan areas, Los Angeles contains a transgender population, some of whom enjoy visiting a spa," the statement added, according to the magazine. "Wi Spa strives to meet the needs of all its customers."
Leftist militants beat up Wi Spa protesters
After word got out that a protest against Wi Spa would be held, along with a counter-protest, familiar-looking militants — one of whom was flying the Antifa flag — showed up disguised in black from head to toe outside the spa July 3 and beat up, harassed, and intimidated any spa protesters they encountered.
“Flank him on the right!” Watch as the mob of antifa coordinate their attack on a videographer at the Wi Spa protes… https://t.co/3ekIVhGzCY— Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô)1625334843.0
Leftists used their feet — and even a skateboard — to stomp on protesters' heads. A conservative demonstrator got knifed. A reporter got walloped with a club. As violent leftists often do, they gathered in mobs and outnumbered spa protesters — and even ganged up on a lone middle-aged woman on a sidewalk:
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What else did the LA Times say?
Despite the thrust of the Times editorial, it actually managed to eke out an acknowledgment that not every female who feels uncomfortable at the "sight of male-appearing genitalia" in women-only spa areas is "a bigot." How generous.
"There are women who have been through personal experiences such as sexual assault who might find such a situation intimidating," the editorial added. "It could go against the convictions and traditions of observant Muslims and Jews, who have a conservative or orthodox interpretation of gender norms and might themselves feel marginalized for their traditionalist beliefs."
But in the end, the Times said that "no one has an absolute right to feel comfortable all the time. People have a right to use the spa, but that doesn't include with it a guarantee that they all will feel at ease with everything they see. They might prefer a spa where a certain amount of body covering is required."
And for the time being, the editorial noted that "customers of public-serving businesses should be prepared to share space with the public, in all our forms, varieties and customs. Anti-discrimination laws stand for the principle that all are welcome, whether we are comfortable or not."