Earlier this week in BATON ROUGE, LA; State Rep. KENNY HAVARD (R: St. FRANCISVILLE) officially submitted a written amendment to legislation that would have mandated dancers at strip clubs be no older than 28 and no heavier than 160 pounds!!!
When challenged by other legislators, he quickly withdrew the amendment and later called it a joke about overregulation.
Because the hole was made while In Session, it is now an official part of the legislative public record, and did upset several female lawmakers in the House, who called it a new low for inappropriate and sexist comments that regularly pervade the State Capitol.
“No, it was meant as a poke that we’re overregulating everything around here. It was a joke, that’s why I pulled it. But it was satire to say, ‘Hey, when are we going to stop overregulating everything?’ ”
“Looking out over this body, I’ve never been so repulsed to be a part of it. It has got to stop. That was utterly disrespectful and disgusting.”
“(Havard) was clearly insinuating that women over a certain age and over a certain weight are not attractive. We’re here representing 40,000 people back home, and half of them are women. They’re mothers, daughters, sisters, and we’re here representing the state as the face of Louisiana to some extent. ... I just don’t think it’s appropriate.”
Rep. HELENA MORENO (D: NEW ORLEANS) said;
“You hear a lot of things behind the scenes with people joking, but for someone to put something like that in a public record and actually go to the front and introduce this as an amendment in this chamber — it was completely uncalled for and it was offensive. And this is a serious bill that has to do with human trafficking, and it was treated like a joke.”
“I know him to be a real gentleman with great respect for women, It’s unfortunate things don’t always come out as intended, and it was ill-timed.”-CCG