Now, let me preface this by saying this happened in Mississippi. I, here in my elite liberal bastion of California, could just pass by rather than elevating my judgmental nose and saying "'nuff said" to that.
But I gotta be me.
You might remember that the Eleventh Circuit as well as various state courts in our nation's South have upheld laws banning the sale and advertising of sex toys (vibrators, for instance). Most of us liberal elites just put that down to chromosomal drift and move on with our lives.
But we liberal elites are also used to the incessant drumbeat of whining about the Librul Media oppressing all that is patriotic and good and American.
So I was a little surprised to see that a local station in Mississippi is now running undercover stings to expose violations of laws banning sex toys. Via BoingBoing, I see that WLBT, which proclaims it is On Your Side (unless, one is given to understand, you might like anal beads), sent reporter Kandiss Crone undercover to a repeat-offender sex shop to do an undercover buy. Ms. Crone, who is in compliance with federal law requiring local news reporters to have at least one grotesquely misspelled name, selected a vibrator based on color (though not the color you are probably thinking):
A "3 on Your Side" undercover investigation shows that the business is back at it again and is not even discreet about selling the devices.
Reporter Kandiss Crone walked into the store and said, "Hi, I'm going to a bachelorette party. I'm looking for a sex toy."
After looking over the stock, Kandiss said, "Can I have that purple one?
Of course, investigative reporting is nothing without the flashy confrontation:
As soon as the sale was completed, our team walked back into the store to confront owner Charles Hobby — this time with cameras rolling.
Kandiss: "Hi, Charles, I'm Kandiss Crone from WLBT. I understand this business was raided for selling sex toys illegally. I just purchased this sex toy, and it is still illegal to sell them in the state of Mississippi. Even though you were raided last year and you're still selling them, what is your response to that?"
Hobby: "Where did you buy it at?"
Kandiss: "I bought it here. I just walked in about five minutes ago and I bought this. Don't you know it's illegal to sell these?
Hobby: "That's not one of the required items listed as being prohibited."
But in fact, it is. Section 97 of Mississippi State Law prohibits the sale of such 3-dimensional devices like the one we were sold.
We should be happy. Despite your prejudice that local news channels are the asylums of the well-coiffed but third-rate, here they are exposing lawlessness and navigating the intricacies of dildo jurisprudence for you.
Alas, all did not turn out the way that WLBT hoped. The local police refused to act like our librul stereotypes of Southern police would suggest, instead acting like the only sensible goddamn people in the entire story:
JPD Assistant Chief Lee Vance issued the following statement:
"The adult store is not a priority for our vice and narcotics officers. We will do the best we can. Citizens would rather see us using our resources to get drugs and prostitutes off our streets and work to decrease violent crime. "
JPD probably has guidelines forbidding Chief Vance from screaming "GET A FUCKING LIFE!!!!" at local reporters.
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