Party crashing, the relatively harmless phenomenon of sneaking your way into an event you weren't invited to, has been around for a long time. Now, if lawmakers in California get their way, it's about to go from being an annoyance for event organizers to a crime.
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino has authored legislation that makes party crashing a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. Portantino came up with the new proposal at the behest of the Screen Actors Guild -- after undesirables crashed their award show this year and got off thanks to legal loopholes. Portantino feels that party crashers at events like the SAG Awards and The Oscars "pose a threat to public safety." You'll have to forgive me for being cynical, but it really only poses a threat to celebrities. And since there are already 25 other sections of trespassing law on the books in California, this seems like unnecessary legislation at best. Maybe Portantino should be worrying about writing legislation that does something useful -- like getting criminals off the street or ensuring that Lindsay Lohan serves more than 13 days of a 90 day sentence ...
Some, like retired party crasher Alex Mamlet and Crasher star Scott Weiss, feel as though this new law could have the opposite affect and actually encourage people to party crash for the notoriety of getting busted. "In Hollywood, it's pretty clear that people are willing to bite the bullet for fame," said Mamlet. "There's no better way to get attention and press than being the first one punished when this bill goes into effect." Sad, but probably very true.
At any rate, if the guy in the monkey suit tells you, "You're not on the list," you should probably just head somewhere else.
[via L.A. Times]