[bquote]Police to man: stop wearing a bunny suit in public, you’re frightening the children. Man to police: But I enjoy wearing the suit.[/bquote]
Police in Idaho Falls have taken the next step in what residents are calling an age old case of “is that a man in a bunny suit hiding behind a tree, pointing his finger like a gun at my kid?” by telling William Falkingham, 34, to stop wearing the controversial cottontail habiliments.
In a statement Tuesday, police said that Falkingham occasionally wears a tutu with the bunny suit. Reuters reports,
Police warned Falkingham after a woman said she saw him dressed in the costume, peeking at her young son from behind a tree and pointing his finger like a gun.
Most residents in the police report are “greatly disturbed” by his
activities festivities, but one resident defended him as eccentric but otherwise harmless.
“He’s got the bunny outfit, a cowboy suit and a ballerina dress but you don’t see him except where he’s tripping through his backyard,” Deborah Colson told Reuters. “He’s got a strange lifestyle at home but we all do weird things at home.”
This raises an important debate over freedom of expression, and while I understand how Falkingham’s actions and attire could me misconstrued as “unsettling” or “upsetting” or “creepy” or “disturbing” or “alarming” or “frightening” or “fucking weird,” I just don’t think a world where I cannot dress as a bunny in a tutu and pretend to shoot little kids from the cover of vegetation is a world I want to live in.