Claim: The town of DeQuincy, Louisiana, has made twerking illegal.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2013]
The dance craze twerking has become such a problem in the small town of DeQuincy, Louisiana that city officials have made it illegal.
Origins: On 17 September 2013, the PRLog press release distribution site issued an article claiming the town of DeQuincy, Louisiana, had made twerking illegal, with offenders to be punished by a mandatory sentence of
Bobby Joe Williams who is the sheriff in the town told reporters about the penalties for those caught twerking. "First time offenders will receive a mandatory
As the New Orleans Times-Picayune noted, the town of DeQuincy has been the subject of multiple similar spoofs in recent days:
"It's a bunch of hogwash," said DeQuincy Mayor Lawrence Henagan. "There's
Earlier this year, a press release landed online that claimed the town had banned Koreans from living there, and last month a release claimed all DeQuincy students would be issued guns in school.
Each time, Henagan said his office has received phone calls requesting comment on the controversial — but fake — ordinances.
"Somebody keeps this mess going on," Henagan said. "Like I told the first lady (who called today), I didn't even know what she was talking about. Twerking, whatever it's called, she had to tell me what it is."
Henagan said he believes the person behind the fake press releases is probably the same each time because they keep using similar false names.
"We'd like people to get to know about DeQuincy. It's a great town," Henagan said. "But let's do it in a positive way.
Brasted, Chelsea. "Town of DeQuincy Attracts Attention Via False Press Releases." The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune. 17 September 2013.