By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor
Just when you thought American pop culture could not sink any lower comes the introduction of the “Hook-Up Truck,” a mobile hotel room on wheels designed to allow people to engage in sex while the vehicle is parked on the street.
Described on its website as “a modern dating solution for safe sex adventuring,” the “Hook-Up Truck” took to the streets of California’s Bay Area for the first time on the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd.
From the outside the vehicle looks like a non-descript delivery truck. However, on the inside it is designed for people to have sex and, according to the truck’s website, it is a “private, secured room” equipped with “temperature control, complimentary birth control and STD preventatives and a camera ready option.”
The truck’s inventor is Spy Emerson, a San Francisco artist and performer. She told the San Francisco Gate Blog the idea came to her when a friend had used a smart phone app to hook-up with someone for sex and the pair wound up engaging in sex in a driveway.
“What if I started some kind of service for on the go?” Emerson told the SF Gate Blog.
The Hook-Up Truck website went online recently and news of the service spread rapidly via social media. “Within an hour of the site going up, the Web started ‘taking this so fast and making it such a big deal,’” reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
“She [Emerson] heard from potential customers… she heard from backers, and she even heard from a couple of production companies interested in turning it into a show,” reported the Chronicle.
Emerson told the SF Gate Blog she “wants to go on a tour of festivals this summer” and “envisions her idea one day turning into a fleet of trucks based in cities all over the country where people can meet up to have sex.”
“Call the Hook-Up Truck when using your favorite mobile dating dispatch,” the truck’s website encourages, “or pre-book for festivals, weddings, holiday parties and more!”
“This is a positive thing; it’s empowering, it’s safe,” Emerson told the SF Chronicle.
“The Hook-Up Truck” requires that you practice ‘safe sex,” according to the Terms and Conditions section of the vehicle’s website.
However, the website adds the following disclaimer, “Supplies are provided and security is on standby. The Hook-Up Truck makes no warranty as to the quality of fitness for use of supplies provided.”
While the entire concept sounds depraved, you have to wonder how the requirement of safe sex will be enforced. Will there be some sort inspections or quality control? If so, it does not seem it will be too rigorous since the truck does not want to be held liable for the supplies it will provide.
One report described the Hook-Up Truck as offering “an intimate encounter on the street.” Excuse me, but could there be a more oxymoronic statement? Engaging in sex in the back of a converted delivery truck while it’s parked on the street and that you rent by the minute, oh yeah, that is what I call intimate (sarcasm intended).
While married couples may choose to access the services of the Hook-Up Truck, though I can’t imagine why, it seems to be designed for people who are unmarried and, in many cases, who barely know one another.
Since the Hook-Up Truck is marketed to people who wish to carry on like animals, I suppose it is only appropriate the truck will park on public streets.
Edward Gibbon, author of the classic work “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” observed that one of the marks that contributed to Rome’s ultimate demise was “obsession with sex and perversions of sex.” He also described the Roman declension as a place where “bizarreness masqueraded as creativity.”
Both of Gibbon’s assessments apply to the Hook-Up Truck.
The Apostle Paul wrote the following to Christians living in the Roman province of Galatia: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
America has long been sowing seeds of sexual promiscuity and perversion. The Hook-Up Truck is simply symptomatic of the current casual attitude toward sex in the United States.
A time for reaping is coming for America – some believe it has already begun – and the harvest will be as debauched as it is disappointing.
Our nation is in desperate need of a spiritual awakening. We need to fervently pray that God will have mercy on our sin saturated country.