Thursday, February 25, 2010
As the author of a soon to be released zombie novel (The Ravening via Elder Signs Press) I worried about this. What if I couldn't dress up like a zombie, I asked. What if I couldn't shuffle down the street scaring small children? Well thank God this issue has been dealt with. Apparently in Minnesota, a U.S. Court of Appeals, in a three to one ruling, decided that anyone has the right to be the walking dead.
The case came about as a group of people were arrested for disorderly conduct. Apparently their makeup and their behavior was unsettling. Actually, the group was protesting rampant consumerism during the 2006 Aquatennial (I have no idea). The judges decided they were exercising their right to freedom of expression and that the seven zombies had the right to pursue their requested $50,000 in damages each. Well, at least they have their integrity.
So as a lover of zombies, all I can do is pump my rotting fist and cry out "Arr--gghghh--hhh!!!" Unfortunately, the dead's vocal chords don't always function properly. If I could, I would stomp my dead feet and shout: "Zombie on, brothers and sisters!!! Zombie on!!!"