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Meanwhile, In New Zealand ...

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If there's one rule I've lived by in this life, it's this: Never try to separate a New Zealand rugby fan from his mankini. The charming gentleman here is both a fan of the movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and of fine rugby. But he and other fans like him are banned from wearing the Borat-style mankini at this year's International Sevens competition in Wellington. And now I, also, feel a bit sheepish about wearing mine at sporting events. Sorry, girls!

"It's a family event and there will be children there," a police spokesperson told the New Zealand media, asking the 70,000 fans expected at the event to show "a sense of decency." While some New Zealanders told the national media that they would prefer to see more emphasis on the rugby and less on some fans' "self-serving exhibitionism," the sudden attack on the two-day tournament's long-established dressing-up culture left others reeling. Participants are long-used to seeing men in drag and women dressed as sailor girls or policewomen on the terraces for the tournament, said critics who called police fashion prudes.


New Zealand fans are none too happy about his, and plan to protest the event. How does this effect us? I'm not sure, but suddenly I have the urge to load a slingshot with kiwi fruits and go hunting for squirrel.

New Zealand Rugby's "Mankini" Fans Protest Ban [Yahoo Sports]
Police Crackdown On Sevens Tournament (Plus Photos) [New Zealand Herald]