Planking has always been an object of criticism.
At BlogPost, we’ve questioned the point of a game in which a person lies down as stiff as a board in weird and sometimes dangerous locations. We’ve pointed to planking’s dubious connections to the slave trade. And we’ve even alleged that with the arrival of owling, batting and horse-maning, planking is just no longer cool.
But now, there’s some serious weight being thrown against planking, and it’s happening in the Philippines, where Quezon City representative Winston Castelo has filed a bill called the “Anti-Planking Act of 2011.”
Castelo proposed the act following a nationwide transport strike Monday over high oil prices, Filipino news site the Inquirer reported Tuesday. During the strike, a small group of people went planking at a busy roundabout in Manila to halt traffic.
In a statement, Castelo said that “unbelieving bus drivers and law enforcement authorities might just ram through these warm and living bodies rolled out on highways.”
The Manila Police District backed up Castelo, saying they planned to “break up” any future planking sessions and detain those involved.
A comic in the Sunday New York Times Magazine appeared to sarcastically back up Castelo, too, listing planking as one of the activities one should avoid when rioting.
But on Twitter, the act didn’t get quite the reception Castelo hoped for. “Anti-Planking Act of 2011” became a worldwide trending topic Tuesday, and most people spent their 140 characters ridiculing the act or defending planking: