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Lawmaker: NYC Costume Wearers Must Register Costumes

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:51 pm

Thank God for our all-knowing protectors:

New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. introduced legislation Tuesday that would either ban or introduce tight regulations on costumed characters in New York City.

The proposal comes in the wake of several incidents involving the costumed characters in Times Square. Most recently, a man dressed as Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street” was arrested this past Sunday after allegedly shoving a 2 1/2-year-old boy.

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“We’ve had an anti-Semitic Elmo. We’ve had a groping Mario. And now we have a shoving monster,” Vallone said.

Costumes don’t shove infants. Failing to register costumes shoves infants.

P.S. I learned how to make memes tonight for the first time. Whee! This post is really just an excuse to put my first one up.

Don’t be surprised to see more of these.

Via Hot Air. Like just about everything else on this site.

27 Responses to “Lawmaker: NYC Costume Wearers Must Register Costumes”

  1. A quick thought.

    Isn’t this basically similar to the Klan acts that exist in several states? The idea is that you cannot go out in public with your face covered (usually with a “Halloween” exception).

    I think one kid getting shoved doesn’t justify this, but i can see the argument that people should be able to have some idea who is around them. The next cookie monster could be caught molesting a person. Its the same principle by which people are required to put license plates on their cars, allowing them to be identified.

    Aaron "Worthing" Walker (23789b)

  2. omg the terrorists pwn3d these losers senseless

    it’s a pitiful thing to see

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  3. Let the idiots enact the law. In fact, let them enact it this week. Then we will learn next week that they forgot to exempt the performers on stage, as in Broadway productions.

    LTMG (eb4852)

  4. first its registration, then confiscation, the slippery slope.

    What about body paint?

    E.PWJ (1cedce)

  5. ‘Much too silly indeed,’

    narciso (3fec35)

  6. aaron

    Ihave first hand seen the havoc a bunch of clowns has reaped upon the city of new yo…

    never mine that was cspan

    E.PWJ (1cedce)

  7. Aaron,

    I have first hand witnessed documented havoc reaped upon the city of New York by clowns….

    wait, that was cspan

    E.PWJ (1cedce)

  8. So do women wearing heavy make-up have to register their faces with the authorities?

    What about cyclists with helmets?

    Machinist (b6f7da)

  9. Brides with veils?

    This is not how a representative of the people speaks, though it fits what one would expect from a would be ruler.

    Will it be illegal for one of these clowns to cover their face when doing the perp walk?

    Machinist (b6f7da)

  10. First, they want to register the guns,
    then they want to register the costumes,
    and they want to outlaw sugary drinks over 16 ounces

    why don’t they just pass a law that says everybody has to act sensibly and politely, and if you don’t we put you on Ellis Island and process you for deportation??

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  11. I think New Orleans enacted something similar and banned the wearing of Mardi Gras masks outside of Mardi Gras. Too many stupid drunks were molesting people on Bourbon Street and it was hard to identify them.

    It’s still a stupid law, but it sucks that idiots take advantage of this sort of thing to behave obnoxiously.

    JVW (4826a9)

  12. I can see making some reg abnout masks, as they can be ditched

    but, really, in NYC wouldn’t it be helpful to say, “the guy that pushed my child was in a cookie monster suit”, or “the guy that pushed my child had dark hair and was wearing a Yankees jacket”

    are there that many cookie monsters loose at a time?

    I can see it now, a crime-wave of undocumented Santa-Clauses, no asylum cities for bright colored fuzzy fabrics

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  13. People that wear costumes kind of creep me out.

    JD (b63a52)

  14. Well, MD, as you well know, in the progressive mindset every possible social problem must be met with some sort of legislation/regulation. Otherwise, what’s the sense of being a progressive?

    JVW (4826a9)

  15. absolutely, JVW
    they should register shoes
    knowing someone’s shoe size and style of tread on the sole would be helpful

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  16. You’d be a little surly, too, if your 99 weeks of unemployment ran out and you wound up doing this for a living.

    Icy (4b226c)

  17. Where do the councilmen register if they want to dress up as humans?

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  18. They’ll need a substation down at 30 Rock.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  19. Of course if they limit it to Guy Fawkes masks, I’m for it. Those anarchists need to have more respect for the law.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  20. Mimes. I can’t stand mimes. “Learn the words!”

    nk (d4662f)

  21. Politicians. How do they manage to decide whether to take and umbrella to work or not?

    Seems they have zero ability to reason nor do they have any inclination to research the efficacy of their proposed solutions.

    It’s like they think that making a proposal for a law is all they have to do. The rest will take care of itself.

    Since they’ve insulated themselves from any of the laws they pass, they have not concept of what the consequences of the law will be. Nor do they care.

    Jcw46 (0af03c)

  22. Aaron Walker is correct. NY in fact already has a statute banning the wearing of masks that the 2d Cir. upheld against the Klan. It probably can be enforced against the Times Square folks too.

    BJC (779035)

  23. As a bah-humbug kind of Halloween person, this doesnt bother me on a personal level. I dont like costumes, not one little bit. But as a public policy, it fits in nicely with the Bloomberg style of uber-nannystatism.

    Clowns suck

    JD (b63a52)

  24. New York is doing us a favor by telling us that they are absorbing more of the stupid morons produced in excess in this country.

    Its brave of them to volunteer. But they need to keep them from actually getting elected.

    SPQR (6862c1)

  25. Memebase … has created a monster.

    SPQR (768505)

  26. So, would this proposed law apply to the burqua? 🙂

    If not, why not?

    LarryD (3df552)

  27. Isn’t this basically similar to the Klan acts that exist in several states? The idea is that you cannot go out in public with your face covered (usually with a “Halloween” exception).

    I thought those laws had been struck down.

    Milhouse (15b6fd)

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