Good news: N.Y. Democrat wants to ban wearing costumes in public

posted at 10:01 pm on April 9, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Second look at who’s the greatest enemy of Muppets?

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…

Vallone told CBSNewYork.com that he had introduced two separate bills to combat the problems with costumed characters.

One bill would require registration, as well as a permission slip proving that the character involved has been licensed, for anyone appearing as a costumed character. The other bill would go farther to ban costumed characters outright.

“Clearly, the situation can’t continue to exist the way it does, and the laws we already have don’t deal with the situation,” said Vallone, a Democrat from the 22nd District.

There was, of course, a crisis in public costumery that spurred this push for legislative action. This weekend, a man dressed as Cookie Monster allegedly shoved a toddler in Times Square, and neither Cookie Monster’s sterling reputation nor civilized society can tolerate such an attack.

We must do something. And, of course, that something should be a centralized city database for vetting and licensing the Furry inclined. Or, if possible, just eliminating the free speech rights of those who care to dress like Jack Sparrow. Because isn’t it the First Amendment that’s really the problem, here?

The characters are not regulated, instead considered street performers protected by the First Amendment. Tompkins said that’s the main issue.

Tompkins likewise told Diamond, “What we’re being told is that there aren’t a lot of tools in the NYPD’s toolbox.”

Uh huh. The reporter mentions three cases of errant Muppets and such committing acts unworthy of their fluffy finery. In addition to Cookie Monster’s misdeeds, “Damon Torres, 32, was charged in December with groping a woman while dressed as Mario of video game fame. In another well-publicized incident, Philip Williams, 35, was accused of punching a woman in the face while in a Spider-Man costume after the woman said she didn’t have any money to pay for a photo with her children.”

Vallone, who’s also quite proud of authoring the trans-fat bill, concludes: “Nothing that exists right now really gives the police the tools to deal with this the way they want to.”

But presumably New York City already has laws against assault and groping on the books, which is why it appears all three of the alleged perps were charged with crimes.

New York, what a free-wheelin’, toddlin’ town, where anything goes! Let’s see how quickly the open-minded, Keep ______ American City Weird faction caves to their statist brethren. Does Naked Cowboy count? He’s not really wearing a costume, per se.


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But, I just ordered that Summer chicken suit!

RovesChins on April 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

…go naked!

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

So, no more muzzie terror-sacks in public?

Pork-Chop on April 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

…go naked!

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Prescient … a not-too-distant-future HA headline:

Good news: N.Y. Democrat wants to ban wearing costumes clothes in public

ShainS on April 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Yeah, what about the bee keeping suits?!?!
I got one that looks like Michelle Obama’s black widow dress!

RovesChins on April 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Who wears more costumes in public? Your average politician or your average street performer?

JellyToast on April 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

And, of course, that something should be a centralized city database for vetting and licensing the Furry inclined.

That would require locking up half the Internet community, wouldn’t it?

…oh, you’re talking about the costume wearing guys. Never mind then.

KingGold on April 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Are they going to hire 100,000 extra cops for October 31st?

Mark1971 on April 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

What about tuxedos? They’re monkey suits.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

How many elementary school kids in NYC?

How much is the fee to “be licensed” or registered?

Halloween is gonna be a huge money-maker for Gotham.

[Is wearing a ski mask in the commission of a crime covered under this set of "tight regulations?"]

coldwarrior on April 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

OMG!

Tea Partiers might dress up in Revolutionary garb and get all patriotic an’ shit!

OMG, Oh, the humanity!

This is what Democrats worry about — costumes?

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

There is no pettiness to which liberals will not go. Seriously — costumes?

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:12 PM

coldwarrior on April 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

You read my mind.
Ban Halloween!

I swear..NYC..how anyone can live there is beyond me.
Although..they must like it-based on who they vote in.

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Includes Burqas correct?

tom daschle concerned on April 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Where’s the Naked Cowboy going to put his business license?

blammm on April 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

You read my mind.
Ban Halloween!

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

If Christian do it, they’re idiot superstitious pagans.

When liberals do the same thing, they’re ‘enlightened’.

Liberals take the fun and joy out of everything, as tiny to a matter as they can steal.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Where’s the Naked Cowboy going to put his business license?

blammm on April 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

On Brokeback Mountain?

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

There goes the “brony” vote. If they vote.

Greek Fire on April 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I’m getting a DWS mask.
I figure all I need is an electric socket, a fork, and a weed whacker to the face.

RovesChins on April 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

a man dressed as Cookie Monster allegedly shoved a toddler in Times Square

Good thing it wasn’t Elmo. Has Elmo’s trial begun yet or did they legalize pedophilia for PBS employees?

Buddahpundit on April 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

How are they going to determine what a costume is? Have you been to NYC lately? There are many people whose everyday dress could be confused with a costume. These people are nuts.

hopeful on April 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

So what constitutes a “costume”? I’m sure New York wants to ban people dressed up as Santa Claus, but would it be okay with just the hat?

And maybe this is the nerd in me… but this just might have some negative effects on pop culture conventions… does NYC have a comic con or Star Trek or Star Wars cons?

On the other hand… does this mean that liberals who dress up as human beings would be subject to punishment?

malclave on April 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Vallone, who’s also quite proud of authoring the trans-fat bill, concludes: “Nothing that exists right now really gives the police the tools to deal with this the way they want to.”

And in typical liberal fashion, he’s lying. Jeez, is there ANYTHING a liberal won’t lie about?

xblade on April 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Really — where do Democrats come up with this stuff?

Costumes…?

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Well there are religious extremists and such..

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

And in typical liberal fashion, he’s lying. Jeez, is there ANYTHING a liberal won’t lie about?

xblade on April 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Abject stupidity requires a lot of lying. A hand-in-glove kind of thing.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Can I wear my wig after chemo?

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

How about an ass masquerading as a President?

VorDaj on April 9, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Well there are religious extremists and such..

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Religious ‘extremists’ aren’t playing around with this sort of nonsense.

Democrats and other liberals, on the other hand…

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

can I get an exemption for my Gary (Ambiguously Gay Duo) get-up..?

affenhauer on April 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Can I wear my wig after chemo?

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Only if Obamacare lets you have the chemo.

You’re on your own for the wig.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Hopefully it will ban mayors who masquerade as kings.

Greek Fire on April 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I didn’t think I needed the /

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

How about a “first lady” wearing a hippopotamus rear end piece?

VorDaj on April 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Allah on a fricking cracker wouldn’t it just be easier, and more environmentally sound to just ban democrats?

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Includes Burqas correct?

tom daschle concerned on April 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Heh. Burqas – preferably the Dan Rather line – will soon be mandatory for all males to wear in NYC.

Myron Falwell on April 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Can Chris Matthews still imitate a dog humping a fire hydrant whenever he talks about Obama?

VorDaj on April 9, 2013 at 10:39 PM

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…
======================================

Well,in light of the Elmo’s Actor Sexual Abuse arrest,
maybe its a smart move!!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 9, 2013 at 10:39 PM

So what constitutes a “costume”? I’m sure New York wants to ban people dressed up as Santa Claus, but would it be okay with just the hat?

I don’t remember Obama wearing much hats… oh wait. Wrong Santa Claus. :p

And maybe this is the nerd in me… but this just might have some negative effects on pop culture conventions… does NYC have a comic con or Star Trek or Star Wars cons?

New York has tons of cons throughout the year. They are called United Nations assemblies and conferences.

On the other hand… does this mean that liberals who dress up as human beings would be subject to punishment?

malclave on April 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Or PMSNBC staffers that dress up as “journalists”? Or Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and David Letterman dressing up as “comedians”?

Myron Falwell on April 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I didn’t think I needed the /

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

You didn’t. :-)

I just couldn’t resist the splurge to tweak liberal noses when I had an opening.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Liberals take the fun and joy out of everything, as tiny to a matter as they can steal.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Well said and true.

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

…where is Bmore?

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Here’s the funny/sad/scary/mind-numbingly stupid part — Vallone’s considered a conservative by New York City Democratic Party standards because he was made at ABC for airing a show called “Good Christian B(y)tches” and posted a Jeremy Lin joke last year on his Facebook page that was considered politically incorrect.

jon1979 on April 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Can I wear my wig after chemo?

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Not if you work at Hooters.

RickB on April 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Liberals take the fun and joy out of everything, as tiny to a matter as they can steal.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Well said and true.

bazil9 on April 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Liberals strike me as a perpetually unhappy mom. If she’s not happy in her marriage, then the kids have to suffer her pain, too.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

jon1979 on April 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Let’s just sell all of NYC back to the Native Americans for $1 and call it a day.

Myron Falwell on April 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Let’s just sell all of NYC back to the Native Americans for $1 and call it a day.

Myron Falwell on April 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I rather give it over to OWS, and see what happens from there.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:49 PM

America is being systematically destroyed, I think we all recognize that. Yet the very manner in which it is being done has such an infinitely sublime degree of humiliation to it that one must question if that destruction is not of divine origin.

It’s one thing to accept that the Marxist are attempting to “Fundamentally Transform” America into a Marxist Utopian hellhole. But for the love of God people, we are literally dying a death of 1000 paper-cuts Rubber Chicken slaps. O_O

SWalker on April 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

How about background checks for anyone purchasing a costume?

ardenenoch on April 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

How about background checks for anyone purchasing a costume?

ardenenoch on April 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Better, from a liberal perspective, to close down all costume shops.

Liberals, after all, are huge on the idea of, “You’re not allowed to have that.”

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:55 PM

How about background checks for anyone purchasing a costume?

ardenenoch on April 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

How about background checks for anyone voting democrat? Seriously, I am confounded by the idea that two groups of people can grow up and learn in the same beautiful, free country and come to such polar opposite positions as to what freedom is and how they want to live their lives.

hopeful on April 9, 2013 at 10:55 PM

How about a “first lady” wearing a hippopotamus rear end piece?

VorDaj on April 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

This beared repeating

RovesChins on April 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Second look at who’s the greatest enemy of Muppets?

These pols ARE the biggest Muppets – no costumes required!

Shy Guy on April 9, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Isn’t it enforcement going to be a bit problematic as there are easily within NYC a few million Democratic-voting, biologically male persons inappropriately dressed as men?

M240H on April 9, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Is Michael Bloomberg going have to stop dressing up like a midget?

bw222 on April 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Seriously? Does this guy actually LIVE in NYC? Because back when I worked there, not a day went by that someone wasn’t wearing some kind of costume or other.

And boy, won’t this mess up the Village Halloween parade. And Gay Pride Day.

Guy’s looking for publicity, nothing more.

Meryl Yourish on April 9, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Guy’s looking for publicity, nothing more.

Meryl Yourish on April 9, 2013 at 11:18 PM

This is what happens when overpaid politicians have too much power while having too much time on their hands.

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM

How about background checks for anyone purchasing a costume?
ardenenoch on April 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

If the Liberals truly don’t want anybody to wear a costume, they should mandate that everybody wear a costume.

Greek Fire on April 9, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Is there anything (except abortion) that Democrats don’t want to ban?

The Rogue Tomato on April 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM

We must do something.

Hey, enough with the sarcasm. After all, this is about the children.

You don’t hate children, so you?

RINO in Name Only on April 10, 2013 at 1:07 AM

This, of course, is meant for everyone but those Muslim scum that think a headdress is an easy way to commit a crime or sue someone.

pat on April 10, 2013 at 3:07 AM

I was hoping for a Ministy of Funny Walks, myself.

trigon on April 10, 2013 at 5:33 AM

Ministry.

trigon on April 10, 2013 at 5:33 AM

So what is the big deal here?

After all, right now, New York City has a despicable despot Nanny-Nation mayor who masquerades as a responsible, level-headed,open-minded leader every single day of the week!

pilamaye on April 10, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Tompkins likewise told Diamond, “What we’re being told is that there aren’t a lot of tools in the NYPD’s toolbox.”

I can identify one tool in the toolbox… and he looks like a bludgeon.

ajacksonian on April 10, 2013 at 6:58 AM

“Clearly, the situation can’t continue to exist the way it does, and the laws we already have don’t deal with the situation,” said Vallone, a Democrat from the 22nd District.

Yes! Because clearly costumed characters is one of the pressing issues of our time- right up there with high-capacity soda, sodomy, guns, and amnesty.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Apparently, clueless tourists assume these people in costumes are dressed that way because they just love kids SOOOO MUCH and never expect tips!

lilacs on April 10, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Are drag queens exempt?
What about Juggalos?

kooly on April 10, 2013 at 7:16 AM

After sleeping on it, I still think this is one of the silliest things a politician needs to be fretting about.

Figures, that he’s a Democrat.

Liam on April 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Do transgenders wear “costumes”?

rhombus on April 10, 2013 at 7:39 AM

No more Yankee or Met hats and jerseys. Dangerous.

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Cross dressers hardest hit.

chewmeister on April 10, 2013 at 7:54 AM

This is the same country that once won WWII, right?

MNHawk on April 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

So everyone in the Greenwich Village Halloween parade is going to be arrested?
Yeah, more legislate in haste, repent in leisure moronic activity.

rbj on April 10, 2013 at 8:18 AM

He’s just auditioning for the job as mayor.

Cleombrotus on April 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM

This is the same country that once won WWII, right?

MNHawk on April 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Not only have the political borders been dissolved, but the character of the people has changed. That is to say, the people here today lack character. A country full of secular humanists, hedonists, and relativists will necessarily consume itself.

tom daschle concerned on April 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM

This is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in a while and would hinder costume groups as well like the 501st stormtrooper legion who do charity work in public.

Imrahil on April 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Um, a burqa is a costume in that it (can) cover the face and leaves the form of the body obscured.

{o.o}

herself on April 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM

No more Yankee or Met hats and jerseys. Dangerous.

Limerick on April 10, 2013 at 7:50 AM

I call that progress.

blammm on April 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Isn’t there a group of liberals who protest in costumes?

And what about all the fat costumes the liberals women wear, will that be banned?

right2bright on April 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

…fat costumes the liberals women wear, will that be banned?

right2bright on April 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Fat costumes?

Not costumes.

Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly, liberal ugly, goes all the way to the bone.

coldwarrior on April 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Fat costumes?

Not costumes.

Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly, liberal ugly, goes all the way to the bone.

coldwarrior on April 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

What? People go out in public looking like that? Those are not costumes??

right2bright on April 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Another politician with too much time on his hands. What difference would it make if he wasn’t there at all?

If we keep paying for these guys, this is what you get. Cut back the salaries and the expenses and these roaches scatter off to other pursuits.

virgo on April 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Liam on April 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

+ 1

To your other thoughts, Ha Ha He He He

How divisive! For supporting porn, dope and gay marriage and etc., these guys are way too uptight!

Keep them away from New Orleans on Fat Tuesday and certain parts of San Francisco and L A suburbs any night of the week.

IlikedAUH2O on April 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Alternate Headline:

N.Y. Dem wants to ban Halloween

taznar on April 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Disappointed Occutard kids have scads of those Guy Fawkes masks ..

/.

CaveatEmpty on April 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I see no one at hot air has walked through time square and been harassed by these morons, who grab your kid, tell you take a picture, and then demand to get “tipped” $5 for the pleasure.

triple on April 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

What is a costume? That stuff Moochelle wears?

Dollayo on April 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM