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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bigfoot Hoaxers - Should the Law Protect Them?

Here's the blurb from Newser:
An amateur filmmaker kicked out of a state park while impersonating Bigfoot says his rights have been stomped on. Jonathan Doyle dressed up as the mythical creature, ran around New Hampshire's Mount Monadnock, then shed the disguise and interviewed hikers about what they'd seen. Park rangers barred him from filming a repeat performance, and he is now suing the state, the BBC reports.
Doyle, whose lawsuit is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, says the state's requirement that he pay for a permit and obtain a $2 million insurance bond before filming violates his right to free speech. "The underlying activities are humorous, but the principle's important," an ACLU lawyer tells AP. "We're talking about a very small-scale activity in a very large place. We don't believe there's any legitimate government role in regulation."

I honestly think anyone stupid enough to don a Bigfoot suit and romp through the wilderness (unannounced, without making plans public) is an IDIOT. I also think the requirement of obtaining a permit and a $2 million insurance bond makes a lot of sense. Why? Because:
  1. Someone might think it really is big foot and shoot at the hoaxer, thus the need for insurance.
  2. The permit would help people like myself prove which sightings are hoaxes (waste of our precious time) and which sightings are possibly authentic.
If this guy wanted to do a study, he needs to maybe have a better control. This is truly sloppy "scientific" work on his part. And dangerous too. I hope they lose this ridiculous case.