Move Over Dress Code: TEA Party Lawmaker Says It Should be Illegal for Anyone to Wear Yoga Pants, Speedos in Public

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Guess which of these founding fathers outfits one Montana TEA Partier would make illegal?

The internet exploded in ridicule (again) yesterday after a Montana lawmaker told the press that he believes it should be illegal to wear yoga pants, tight pants and speedos in public.  

TEA Party Rep. David “Doc” Moore (R-Missoula), who is not a doctor, has introduced a bill that would make it illegal even to don a costume that would make it appear you might be naked.  Moore is outraged it seems about a “naked bike ride” that occurred in the college town he lives in, Missoula.  That eveScreen Shot 2015-02-11 at 8.09.30 AMnt was organized to promote body acceptance for people of all shapes and sizes.  (Also, Missoulians just really enjoy riding bikes.)

GOP lawmakers are so focused on dress codes and bans on certain clothing is not clear.  or can anyone figure out what pressing problem in Montana “costumes that simulate genitals” is creating.  The bill is House Bill 365.   Meanwhile, apparently without awareness of any irony in the situation Moore’s fellow TScreen Shot 2015-02-11 at 8.10.21 AMEA Partier Sen. Janna Taylor (R-Dayton) is sponsor of a bill to ban the enforcement of Sharia law by Montana courts. That bill is SB 199.

If Rep. Moore had his way, I guess GOP PSC Commissioner Johnson would go to jail for life for these pants.
Back in the eighties, Rep. Richard Nelson (R-Kalispell), not a bad fellow, introduced a bill to ban swimming shorts for men that revealed a heightened state of affection. He was concerned that indecency of this nature was rampant at public beaches. The bill was nicknamed the “Boner Bill,” and died of ridicule.

This session who knows.


28 Comments on "Move Over Dress Code: TEA Party Lawmaker Says It Should be Illegal for Anyone to Wear Yoga Pants, Speedos in Public"

  1. Republicans are now against individual freedom and personal liberty?
    This bill is just more proof that the MT GOP is not the party of personal Liberty whatsoever.
    What does it say about a party that fights for corporate freedom and against individual freedom?
    The Republicans stand for nothing now (except their Koch/ALEC/AFP masters).

  2. “The proposal would expand indecent exposure law to include any nipple exposure, including men’s . . .”
    So this law would make shirts vs skins basketball illegal. Men would no longer be able to get away with only swim trunks at the beach. Are the rest of this guy’s legislative proposals as well thought out?

  3. Well, Kevin, the all-Republican Dillon City Council believes in a sort of freedom — the freedom of individuals and businesses to discriminate against homosexuals. Here’s my letter that will appear soon in the Montana Standard:

    “Non-whites, handicapped people, women, and most other protected classes of people living in Dillon can breathe a little easier since the City Council passed a resolution on February 4 declaring that the city — for the time being at least — will continue to abide by Montana state laws protecting their civil rights.
    Deliberately and pointedly missing from the City Council’s list of protected classes are homosexuals. The Council decided that the civil rights of these people will not be protected.
    So if you’re a Dillon landlord and want to evict a tenant when you discover he or she is gay, feel free to do so. If you’re a Dillon employer and want to fire an employee when you discover he or she is gay, feel free to do so. If you want to refuse to serve a gay person in your restaurant or rent a gay person a room in your motel, feel free to do so.
    The Dillon City Council has got your back.”

  4. (You’re being played. Again.)

  5. Really, this is a joke? I have seen that response, before but no indication of why or how it is a joke. But if the senator decides to make a mockery of himself by introducing fake bills in order to parody himself then he certainly has that right. So, indeed let us in on how this was just a joke, and we will know how the seriously the senator takes his job. And in turn how seriously we should take this fool, as a lawmaker and as a person.

    • From the news report:

      “Although members of the committee giggled about the bill, no discussion was allowed before the voice call vote to table it.”

      A bare minimum of legislative fuss.

    • He should have been tabled and, well you can draw your own picture. What did Montana do to get to this point of having all the wing-nuts in one room?

      • Sadly, they’re not all in the same room. You forget the ones who voted for them.

        I’m happy that very little legislative resource was wasted on this drivel. I’m even more happy that this kind of insane behavior made an Internet splash across the nation. Maybe when good honest Montanans who actually think that voting for people like David Moore will aid their concerns discover how much the rest of the nation is laughing at them, they might reconsider.

  6. Good. Yoga pants are safe for now.

  7. It’s kind of like Animal Farm, we believe in individual liberty but some will have more liberty then others. Lucas McCain of the rifleman would be in trouble these days from the left and right for working without a shirt and smoking those cigars.

  8. The bill would ban the exposure of genitals, pubic hair or nipples. Does this include shirtless males? I can no longer inner tube shirtless, down the Swan River on a hot summer day?

  9. [sigh] Political theater requires audience participation, or it doesn’t work.

    • Of course you’re right, Mark. Standing up and turning our backs will certainly thwart the efforts of the powers that be. But at least we won’t be ‘supporting them’ while they screw us, right? And exactly, in your not so humble opinion, who will we cry ‘rape’ to later? God?

      You really are a moron, aren’t you? If we don’t demand our rights, then idiots like Moore won’t have to backtrack and claim that they were making a joke. That’s the reality of what happened here, Narcissist. Or we could just shut up and let this website close, which is exactly what you advocate, and people like Moore will continue to screw us. Hey, at least will have the favor of Saint Tokarskid, right?

  10. This was a stupid bill and a complete waste of time, but I’m not sure the Tea Party label applies, as your headline and copy state. “Doc” Moore is more of a misguided, albeit sometimes foolish, Republican but not one of the really evil far-right Tea Party types, IMHO.

    • Republicans very easily rile up the Democrat hive, this site being an example of the ease with which they do it. Be on guard, however, that the riling of the beehive is not a deliberate tactic, a distraction.

  11. This bill is beyond crazy! Do I think people could and should dressed more respectfully? Yes, but making it a law is beyond reason. There are better ways to deal w/ such social issues I’m sure. A waste of time and a great, silly, distraction indeed. We certainly have more sinister things to deal with!

  12. FWIW: Respected Helena attorney Shahid Haque-Hausrath posted this on FB today.

    By now all Montana media, as well as many national media outlets, have reported that a Montana bill was trying to ban yoga pants. It doesn’t seem to bother anyone that the story isn’t true. It’s not just intellectually dishonest, it’s just wrong, and the fact that so many news organizations are reporting that is worrying.

    The bill had nothing to do with yoga pants, despite a comment by the bill sponsor about them. The bill would have prohibited clothing that “exposes the person’s genitals, pubic hair, or anus or exposes the areola or nipple of the person’s breast with anything less than a fully opaque covering.” Last time I checked, yoga pants are opaque, so that’s really not the issue.

    The more crazy aspect of the bill was the fact that the bill sponsor was oddly focussed on banning “any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region or exposes any device worn as a cover over the nipple or areola of the female breast that simulates and gives the realistic appearance of a nipple or areola.” What a bizarre focus for legislation! We have an epidemic of people wearing prosthetic anuses around? Stories should have focussed on the real content of the bill, and not made stuff up, and it would have been just as crazy.

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