New York City is considering a proposal to regulate the costumed characters who roam Times Square, posing for pictures with tourists in exchange for money. The bill, introduced by Councilman Andy King, would require anyone who wants to don Spiderman’s suit or Mickey Mouse’s head to obtain a license to operate in Times Square. Councilman King argues that his bill as a safety measure, saying “I am particularly concerned adults are dressing up in kids character costumes and pretty much harassing or even begging for money to take a picture.”We have written about the problematic rise of credentialism before, and the foolishness of requiring people who work in such innocuous occupations as floristry to be licensed. But this must be a new low.
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