Friday, March 18, 2005

Gimme a D! Gimme a U! Gimme an M and a B!

The story of the day so far has to be the one that's practically in my backyard: A Texas legislator wants to ban sexy cheerleader routines...
The Friday night lights in Texas could soon be without bumpin' and grindin' cheerleaders. Legislation filed by Rep. Al Edwards would put an end to "sexually suggestive" performances at athletic events and other extracurricular competitions.

"It's just too sexually oriented, you know, the way they're shaking their behinds and going on, breaking it down," said Edwards, a 26-year veteran of the Texas House. "And then we say to them, 'don't get involved in sex unless it's marriage or love, it's dangerous out there' and yet the teachers and directors are helping them go through those kind of gyrations."

Under Edwards' bill, if a school district knowingly permits such a performance, funds from the state would be reduced in an amount to be determined by the education commissioner. (source)
More here, including lots of insightful comments.

All I can say to this is pretty much what I said about Congress yesterday: if the Legislature has enough time on its hands to deal with matters like this (instead of letting the appropriate governing bodies of the sport act first), then that means that they've already solved the rest of the problems facing the state, right? C'mon, folks, your time in Austin is limited. Get to work on the serious stuff already...

UPDATE: Evidently, a few others (from opposite ends of the political spectrum, even) are on the same page with me on this subject.

Besides, can't you just see the stereotypical good ol' boy Texan's response to this one? "You'll take them sexy cheerleaders away from me when you pry 'em outta my cold, dead....uhh, binoculars."

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