Philippines To Outlaw Planking

plankingmanilaIs this the first case of government repression to stamp out a meme? First they came for the plankers, then the owl-ers and cone-ers. From the Washington Post:

There’s some serious weight being thrown against planking, and it’s happening in the Philippines, where Quezon City representative Winston Castelo has filed a bill called the “Anti-Planking Act of 2011.”

Castelo proposed the act following a nationwide transport strike Monday over high oil prices. During the strike, a small group of people went planking at a busy roundabout in Manila to halt traffic.

In a statement, Castelo said that “unbelieving bus drivers and law enforcement authorities might just ram through these warm and living bodies rolled out on highways.”

The Manila Police District backed up Castelo, saying they planned to “break up” any future planking sessions and detain those involved.

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  • ArgosyJones

    Soon their jails will be terribly overcrowded with hipsters — they’ll be on every horizontal surface.

    • Anarchy Pony

      And people batmanning on every vertical surface.

  • ArgosyJones

    Soon their jails will be terribly overcrowded with hipsters — they’ll be on every horizontal surface.

  • Wanooski

    And people batmanning on every vertical surface.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    What next outlawing Water Boarding? … what is this world coming to?

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    What next outlawing Water Boarding? … what is this world coming to?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516200547 Eric Jean

    this is just a government trying to save the lives of it’s civilians.  Just like the governments here make it mandatory to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle.  Many drivers in the Philippines will simply drive over anyone who decided to lay down in their way, with little thought to their lives.

    • Jin The Ninja

      I can attest that south east asians in general practice a very frenetic form of driving; however this is simply a form of repression-long practiced in the philipines.

      • Hadrian999

        i’ve been to manila, the traffic there is fucking scary lol

    • iPINCH

      I don’t think they are that ruthless, and in rhode Island you dont have to wear a helmet nor have car insurance, you do have to wear sunglasses while ridding a motorcycle to protect your ultra coolness. Now thats governing. And a little while back they had prostitution. 

      • Anarchy Pony

        The way I see it, helmets when motorcycling should be at the liberty of the rider for a couple reasons, First, if you are dumb enough to not wear a helmet and you crash and die, then that’s probably just natural selection, second if you are dumb enough to not wear a helmet and yet good enough to not crash and die, power to you, and third, if you are smart enough to wear a helmet then you should probably be fine either way. 
        I always wear my helmet. And I have not crashed and needed its protection.

    • Redacted

      Sounds like natural selection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516200547 Eric Jean

    this is just a government trying to save the lives of it’s civilians.  Just like the governments here make it mandatory to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle.  Many drivers in the Philippines will simply drive over anyone who decided to lay down in their way, with little thought to their lives.

  • Anonymous

    I can attest that south east asians in general practice a very frenetic form of driving; however this is simply a form of repression-long practiced in the philipines.

  • iPINCH

    I don’t think they are that ruthless, and in rhode Island you dont have to wear a helmet nor have car insurance, you do have to wear sunglasses while ridding a motorcycle to protect your ultra coolness. Now thats governing. And a little while back they had prostitution. 

  • Wanooski

    The way I see it, helmets when motorcycling should be at the liberty of the rider for a couple reasons, First, if you are dumb enough to not wear a helmet and you crash and die, then that’s probably just natural selection, second if you are dumb enough to not wear a helmet and yet good enough to not crash and die, power to you, and third, if you are smart enough to wear a helmet then you should probably be fine either way. 
    I always wear my helmet. And I have not crashed and needed its protection.

  • Hadrian999

    i’ve been to manila, the traffic there is fucking scary lol

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like natural selection then.

  • Marvinmorong

    they weren’t planking? it’s protesting what’s with the ANTI Planking Act? can’t they differentiate the difference?

  • Marvinmorong

    they weren’t planking? it’s protesting what’s with the ANTI Planking Act? can’t they differentiate the difference?

  • Tfire1163

    good it is not considered a peaceful way to protest

  • Tfire1163

    good it is not considered a peaceful way to protest

  • Pan

    Planking is just plain stupid. Yes, go ahead and lie down in front of traffic. Really smart thing to do
    http://lastexittoreality.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/planking-extremely-stupid-or-extreme-sport/

  • Pan

    Planking is just plain stupid. Yes, go ahead and lie down in front of traffic. Really smart thing to do
    http://lastexittoreality.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/planking-extremely-stupid-or-extreme-sport/

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