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Apparently Superman was the scofflaw; Batman just got caught in a costumed vigilante sweep.
Confessions of a Superhero
I’ve noticed the costumed characters on the corner of 42nd and Seventh, and hope Times Square doesn’t turn into Hollywood & Vine.
While the perps deny it, I suspect they were posing for photographs and tips, and that the NYPD was enforcing the costume law at the suggestion of either the Times Square Alliance, or the copyright/trademark owners.
Also, NYC has a law regulating costumed performers (as mentioned in the article) as well as a law prohibiting the wearing of masks (enforced when the Ku Klux Klan tried to march downtown a few years ago).
Of course, enforcement of these laws is the responsibility of the NYPD. I doubt there will be a dragnet of cosplayers as they leave the Javits Center.
Bigger question: what constitutes a costume? If I dress up as a 1920s gangster and pose for tourists in Little Italy, can I be arrested?
Is that what Dick Grayson looks like now?
Hey, maybe if the cops would just leave people who aren’t doing anything wrong alone, things like this wouldn’t happen! What a novel idea!
Except, tekende, according to the law, they were doing something wrong.
Oh no, they were wearing costumes! How insidious! How could they hurt so many people by dressing in an unusual way?! Why, they deserve to be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives!
I used to have snowboots just like those!
Isn’t that Brüno?
Yes, It’s Bruno.
Batman unmasked, in cuffs, and looking up longingly is now the wallpaper on my iPod Touch. :sigh:
It’s not a costume. It’s an action uniform. Sheesh.
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