What’s a little infringement on freedom of speech if it cleans up the “riff-raff” look so widely adopted as acceptable? Shanghai seems to think this is a good idea as it moves to ban the public wearing of pajamas.
A New York Times’ Op-Ed columnist wrote about Shanghai’s ban, which is a effort to clean up the look of those attending the 2010 World Expo.
Gao Yubing, NY Times’ columnist:
Catchy red signs reading “Pajamas don’t go out of the door; be a civilized resident for the Expo” are posted throughout the city. Volunteer “pajama policemen” patrol the neighborhoods, telling pajama wearers to go home and change. Celebrities and socialites appear on TV to promote the idea that sleepwear in public is “backward” and “uncivilized.”
Since it’s costing the Chinese government $58 billion, maybe they can demand a little public decorum which would make Emily Post proud. (Click to read The New York Times: The Pajama Game Closes in Shanghai)
Well, here in America this sort of thing won’t fly, but, by golly, I kinda wish it could. What do you think? Would the “pajama policemen” catch you? When do you get tempted to wear the flannel PJs out the door?