It seems like this year has been the Year of the Ban. Naysayers haven’t been this busy since the McCarthy Era. Some of the things banned this year have been down right ridiculous. From babies to brown bag lunches, Yahoo! Shine compiled list of the items banned in 2011.
1 Babies and Young Kids
It started in June with Malaysia Airlines banning infants from their first class flights. The hospitality industry wasn’t too far behind. By July, babies and unruly toddlers were unwelcome in some restaurants, movie theaters, hotels, and other businesses.
2 Baby Photos
One place where babies are welcome is where your camera is not. A Maryland hospital in January restricted camera-happy family members from snapping pics of newborns in their first 5 minutes of life. They claimed it was distracting.
3 Elton’s Baby Photos
One happy set of [celebrity] parents showing off their baby was censored by an Arkansas grocery store in January. Elton John & partner David Furnish posed for the cover of Us Magazine to show off their baby, and this innocent cover was put behind a “family shield.”
4 Brown Bag Lunches
In April, a Chicago public school put a stopper on kids bringing lunches from home. The kids could eat the school lunch or nothing at all. The school says it’s healthier. Parents didn’t like the decision, citing unreasonable lunch prices. It’s cheaper to send last night’s lasagna to school with Junior than pay $2.25 for mystery meatloaf.
5 Service Animals
A Virginia school told the parents of a boy with epilepsy that the service dog trained to save his life was not welcome in the classroom. The school claimed concerns about who would handle the animal as well as the dog being a distraction among many other claims in an effort to keep the dog off school grounds.
6 Baggy Pants
Pants on the ground! Pants on the ground! Schools from Pennsylvania to Florida say you look like a fool with your pants on the ground. Orlando actually passed a law that suspended students with droopy drawers that exposed their underwear or anatomy.
7 Bold Hair & Makeup
Florida came down hard on students this year. In addition to the baggy breeches ban, students were not allowed to have “extreme, unnatural hair color” or “bold” makeup. The decision claimed that these particular fashions were distracting.
8 Teacher-Student Facebooking
Social media can be a world of trouble for politicians and celebrities on most days, but Missouri lawmakers made an effort to keep the trouble out of their schools. Teachers were forbidden from accepting friend requests from students. One teacher raised a fuss as the law forbade her from contacting her own son via Facebook.
The British Advertising Standards Authority banned a couple of makeup ads this year. The ads were believed to be “too airbrushed.” Ads featuring Julia Roberts and Christie Turlington received complaints that the retouched would be misleading as to the actual results of using the makeup products.
10 Tanning Teens
Here’s a ban that may have got it right this year. California lawmakers passed a law prohibiting teens under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. The measure was intended to cut back the instances of skin cancer.
11 Happy Meal Toys
San Francisco parents will now have to shell out an extra dime for the toys in kids meals. Lawmakers prohibited fast food restaurants from enticing children with toys in meals marketed for children.