Earlier this week, the internet had a good chuckle over Montana state representative David Moore’s supposed desire to ban yoga pants. (“Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” he told a reporter.) Now The Guardian reports that Moore might have been kidding.
Moore’s statement on the popular clothing item stemmed from his (failed) attempt to pass a bill forbidding Montanans from public nudity and the wearing of “any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region or exposes any device worn as a cover over the nipple or areola of the female breast that simulates and gives the realistic appearance of a nipple or areola while in a public place.” According to the Billings Gazette, the Republican lawmaker said that beige yoga pants fell into that category (those things can make folks look pretty naked).
In an interview with The Guardian, Moore insisted, “The whole [thing] was an off-the-cuff remark in the hallway, and the whole thing just exploded.” He added: “At no time during the hearing of that bill was yoga pants brought up.” Meanwhile, the Associated Press maintains that Moore seemed pretty serious about outlawing yoga pants before his statement became a national story. “Our reporter spoke to him at length,” said a representative of the wire service. “She asked him about that statement twice.” According to the AP, Moore only “told associates he was making a joke” after everyone started making fun of him.
Either way, the combination of the Moore kerfuffle and Montana’s December debate over whether leggings are pants suggests that this particular state legislature should take a break from fashion policing.