Are they committing an actual crime, though? Well, police in Newquay, Cornwall, would presumably think so: they’ve already confiscated one such mankini, after a ban was introduced on offensive clothing and possessions, as part of a bit to cut down on “lewd and loutish behaviour” in the seaside town. So, no more Borat lookalikes in Newquay then. They can put up a sign saying “Welcome to Newquay: no eyeball bleach required!”
Were the police right to take someone’s Mankini away from them, though? We’d say that yes, they probably were. Although our fashion policing on this site is strictly for entertainment purposes, and we don’t actually believe in banning items that are only subjectively ugly (i.e. As nice as it would be to see a complete ban on Crocs, that wouldn’t really be fair, would it?), we do think there are some things that just don’t need to be seen in a public street, and one of those things is a naked behind. If you’re on a nudist beach, fine, get your butt out with pride. In the street, though? Well, it IS pretty funny (the guys pictured above, for instance, were happily posing for photographs, and were obviously wearing the manikinis as a joke or a bet.) but it’s also one of those things that, once seen, can’t be un-seen.
And now YOU can’t un-see it either, can you? Sorry about that.
What do you think about confiscating clothes? Should Borat-style mankinis be banned in public places?[source]