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A Different Kind of Hoodie Ban

July 23, 2010

Two Muslim girls were denied a bus ride, according to the BBC, because they were wearing traditional coverings of their religion.

“He said, ‘I am not going to take you on the bus because you two are a threat.’
“I realised it wasn’t due to me getting on the bus, this may be a racist attack.”
She asked for his contact details but when he refused she began to film him and he covered his face.
“I said, ‘It’s OK for you to cover your face on my recording but it’s not OK for my friend to cover her face out of choice?’

The story doesn’t clarify whether or not the girls were eventually allowed to board or to ride elsewhere, whether the bus driver stopped being a dick, and if not in either case, whether the girls were given a refund for their prepurchased tickets.

Considering these girls were trying to board a Metroline bus, going from one place I’ve never heard of to another place in I’ve never heard of in London… And not that I’m worldly or anything, but couldn’t they just be glad that people of all ethnicities and religions want to use their fucking service?

Okay, so maybe it’s totally offensive to call hijabs and niquabs “hoodies,” and I’m sorry if I offended anyone. But it’s the same senseless concept: Removal of headgear on transit will make passengers safer. I would say “Fuck you and your stupid, intolerant ban, France!” while I’m at it… But, well, I just did.

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