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Saturday, May 08, 2010

What is disorderly conduct?

The Deja Vu mobile came to Springfield, Illinois, last week and caused quite a stir. Two dancers were ticketed for disorderly conduct:

Two 'stripper mobile' dancers ticketed during Springfield stop
The bus was stopped in a parking lot at Ninth Street and South Grand Avenue, but it was causing “quite a disturbance,” Dowis said. It was the second time the bus had passed through Springfield.
The police department and the mayor’s office received calls from people complaining about the bus, which has three sides of windows and a stripper pole inside. The bus has been touring the country and causing quite a stir.

I'm sure this has already been thought of, but I can't help but doubt if tickets would have been issued if there had been a man in a tuxedo and a woman in a ballroom gown dancing the foxtrot in the bus. (Assuming the ticketed dancers were at least wearing swimming suit type clothing, and not naked.)

Just for the record, I am not in favor of Deja Vu and the objectification of women. But, I do like to see a good test of laws.

Posted by Marie at May 8, 2010 1:05 PM


This is tricky. Essentially, the issue is they are too good at their advertising. Most people find it easy to ignore commercials and ads unless you do something extraordinary. Popups and spam on the internet, junk mail, LOUD commercials, and sexy advertising of all kinds didn't arrive here all at once but they and their descendants will be with us forever because they're effective. It's their effectiveness, more than anything, that is the real nuisance.

Unrelated: Kudos on the FaceBook interface, Marie. I still haven't mastered that one.

Posted by: Rob Ferrara Author Profile Page at May 10, 2010 5:11 PM

You're probably right about the foxtrot being unobjectionable to the public and law enforcers. I'll bet the same goes for the twist, watusi, and frug (wow -- talking about dating yourself).

I have personal experience of what it took to get cited for disorderly conduct in Bloomington in 1975. Not a proud moment, but it involved impromptu four-letter commentary on the local constabulary. Earned me a squad car trip to the station, and I never wanted to repeat that experience (or at least not without a very good reason).

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at May 22, 2010 2:27 AM

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