California Politician Discovers That You Can't Ban Specific Type Of Music; Admits 'I Didn't Know What Was Going On'
from the no-pacifiers! dept
Sinan Unur points us to a story about California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who last year totally and completely overreacted to the news that a teenager died at a rave, by introducing legislation that tried to completely ban raves. After finding fierce opposition to the law (leading another politician to talk about the power of the “rave lobby”), Ma changed her legislation and somewhat candidly admits that she only learned after she introduced the bill that the government isn’t allowed to ban types of music:
“We found out later on that, Constitutionally, you can not ban a type of music,” said Ma. “Plus, I, like my opponents said, I didn’t really know what was going on.”
It’s really quite incredible to see a politician admit such a thing.
Ma admits that she finally went to a rave herself, and it wasn’t that bad. However, she still felt the need to “do something!!!!” and ended up getting a bizarre law passed in California that bans certain events on state property… but part of that is that it bans things that she saw at a rave, and assumes are associated with raves: gloves with lights on them, walking around with stuffed animals, and most bizarre: no pacifiers. You see her talk about this — and she seems really proud of the pacifier bit — at 4:20 in the video above. The statement there is so bizarre, and so out of touch, it’s really funny. She gets all worked up about how a rave must be just like an old fashioned concert, in the most condescending tone possible. Here’s the quote, but honestly, you have to see her say it to really do it justice:
“You can’t wear gloves with lights. You can’t walk around with stuffed animals. All the things with rave culture… the promoters have tried to break down, and make it more like a concert, where people go to a concert to enjoy themselves. And not have things that traditionally, in the past, are associated with raves. No pacifiers! Nobody was allowed to have… um… pacifiers in their mouths.”
Of course, we can add this to the long line of ridiculous moral panics from clueless politicians. In the future, perhaps people will include Ma’s ridiculous quotes, along with the warnings about the evils of the waltz:
The indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced … at the English Court on Friday last … It is quite sufficient to cast one’s eyes on the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs, and close compressure of the bodies … to see that it is far indeed removed from the modest reserve which has hitherto been considered distinctive of English females. So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it is … forced on the respectable classes of society by the evil example of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion.
And remember, no pacifiers!