Folks advocating more regulation of the economy, education, healthy life-styles, etc… should read this great piece in the Wall Street Journal. It describes the efforts of Washington state’s Department of Licensing to regulate Seatle Semi-Pro Wrestling, which is a spoof of professional wrestling performed in Seattle bars as entertainment. Above you can see a photo of one of the spoof characters, Rondle McFondle.
But the Washington state officials say that this spoof is a professional sport and all professional sports have to be licensed by the state. They need to have medical staff on the premises and post a $10,000 bond, among other burdensome regulations.
As the WSJ describes the issue: “The Seattle league calls itself “fight cabaret” — in essence, theater with singlets, suplexes and sweat, as unworthy of regulation as a Shakespeare play. “It’s a bunch of grown men and women in costumes pretending to be professional wrestlers,” says David Osgood, the league’s lawyer. “It is to wrestling as ‘West Side Story’ is to actual gang relations.”