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Cheeky politician gets dressing down for strip tease

Published 19/05/2016

Kenny Havard's strippers joke was not appreciated by women colleagues
Kenny Havard's strippers joke was not appreciated by women colleagues

Louisiana's house of representatives has voted to block strip clubs from hiring dancers under 21, after a politician's joke provoked outrage about the treatment of women.

The measure, which will go back to the senate for final passage, was pushed as fighting human trafficking, but instead prompted sniggers and jokes when Jackson member Kenny Havard proposed an amendment that would limit strippers to between 21 and 28 and weighing no more than 160lbs (11st 4lbs).

He quickly withdrew it, but women members were not amused, with Kenner member Julie Stokes describing the amendment as "utterly disrespectful and disgusting".

Mr Havard said the amendment was a commentary on over-regulation and not aimed at women.

The house voted 96-0 for the bill - without the amendment.

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