A controversial Virginia lawmaker is trying to introduce new
legislation to ban rubber testicles from being fitted to the back of
Lionel Spruill, known for his failed attempt in 2005 to ban baggy
pants, says the motivation for his latest idea came from a constituent.
The man complained that he had been left speechless when his six-year-old daughter spotted a pair and asked him what they were.
Mr Spruill agreed to act: "I said, ‘Sir, I’m going to be the laughing
stock, but I’m going to do it’," he told the Virginian-Pilot.
Truck drivers who sport fake testicles on the back of their vehicles would risk a $250 fine under his proposal.
"They’re offensive to some folks," said Mr Spruill, a Chesapeake
Democrat. "It’s OK to express yourself, but citizens have the right not
to be subjected to something vulgar."
Spruill said he became concerned when he learned that the truck accessories had got larger as their popularity had increased.
"How big are they going to go?" he said. "When will it stop?"
But John Saller, owner of bullsballs.com, laughed off Mr Spruill’s
campaign. He said he sold several hundred thousand last year, ranging
in size from two-and-a-half to 10 inches.
"It’s a novelty. It’s funny. It doesn’t have anything to do with being macho," he insisted.