A commissioner in Louisiana wants to ban pajamas. Seriously.
According to the Shreveport Times:
Caddo Parish District 3 Commission Michael Williams said it was an incident at a local Walmart that offended him and some elderly customers that spurred him to push for an ordinance that would prohibit wearing pajama pants in public.
“I saw a group of young men wearing pajama pants and house shoes,” he said. “At the part where there should have been underwear,” his private parts were showing through the fabric.
Williams defines pajamas as “a garment sold in the sleepwear section of department stores”, and he wants those caught in violation of this proposed law to do community service. Not only would such a ban be difficult to enforce, it would also be unconstitutional. The Acadiana Advertiser reports that the ACLU sent a letter to Williams condemning the proposal:
“To ban the wearing of pajamas, like any other form of attire,would violate a liberty interest guaranteed under the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The government must demonstrate a rational basis for its ban – and Caddo Parish’s has no legitimate rational basis for regulating the attire of its residents.”
Looking sloppy in public is your own prerogative, damnit! Besides, if it’s good enough for Ryan…
[via HuffPost Style]