A reader sent me the following article and asked me to comment*:
Stone was called to the principal’s office at Tartan Senior High School this week and told it was inappropriate to bring an adult film star to a high school dance, the Daily Dot reports. However, the 18-year-old student escaped disciplinary action and was not in any trouble with the school, Jennifer McNeil, a representative for the school district, told The Huffington Post. After sending nearly 600 Tweets, Stone had recently received responses from at least two porn stars who said they were willing to attend his prom as long as he provided money for airfare.
In a statement issued to parents and obtained by HuffPost, the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District cited regulations to defend their decision to ban an adult film star from attending the event. In short, the rules state that the district has the right to deny any person admission to a school-sponsored event if “the visit is not in the best interest of students, employees or the school district,” or if it “substantially disrupts the orderly operation of school or school activities,” McNeil said.
All I can do in response is ask the following question: if we can’t trust an 18-year-old adult to decide who his date for the prom should be, then how can we blame the young people for being too immature, indecisive, and irresponsible? How come it’s OK to police who this guy’s date is? And how far will we take this kind of babying of people who are old enough to vote?
I also think that being judgmental of this man’s willingness to pay for companionship (in the form of airfare or any other form) is very hypocritical. How is this any worse than paying for your date’s meal or theater ticket?
As for this woman’s profession, it takes a lot of gall to bar people from anywhere because you don’t happen to approve of their career choices. Unless she is planning to engage in anything illegal right at the prom, then who’s to say that her profession is worse than anybody else’s?
Seriously, the amount of prudishness one encounters every day is daunting.
* By the way, I really love it when people do that. It’s hard to keep track of every interesting bit if news, but with the help of my readers, I can stay informed. Besides, it makes me feel important to be asked to comment. 🙂