Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Making 'B-Word' Illegal To Say

State Representative Daniel Hunt filed the proposed law change in May.

Boston, MA – Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would outlaw using the word “bitch” in most contexts.

HB 3719 was originally filed by State Representative Daniel Hunt (D-Dorchester) in early May as a proposed amendment to the state’s disorderly conduct law, the Boston Herald reported.

“A person who uses the word ‘bitch’ directed at another person to accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person in violation of this section,” the proposed bill read.

“A violation of this subsection may be reported by the person to whom the offensive language was directed at or by any witness to such incident,” it states.

Anyone convicted of the offense would be subject to a fine of $150 for a first conviction, and $200 or six months in jail for any subsequent convictions, the Boston Herald reported.

The bill has been met with backlash from both sides of the political spectrum.

Cambridge civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate denounced the legislation, which he called “patently unconstitutional,” the Boston Herald reported.

“This is just the latest futile effort [by] the word police to control what other people say and indirectly control what they think,” Silverglate said.

“While I detest the use of the B-word and the N-word and the word [f-g], etc., I love the Constitution more and question the constitutionality of bills like this,” Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus co-chairwoman Arline Isaacson told the Boston Herald. “The concern is specifically about the right to free speech, including speech that I hate.”

Conservative political consultant Chip Jones called the legislation a “slippery slope” amid a current trend of political correctness.

“If we’re going to ban the word bitch, why are we only protecting 51% of the population from having their feelings hurt?” Jones asked the Boston Herald. “Why are my feelings less important than a woman’s? And the answer is, men have become second-class citizens. Toxic masculinity. People don’t like men much anymore.”

Sliverglate said that the “silly” proposed law would never survive a challenge in court.

“It will take minutes for a judge to see through it,” he told the Boston Herald. “It doesn’t have a prayer of surviving, so why should the Legislature even burden us — the citizens, the press and the courts — why would they burden us with this nonsense? Surely they must have more important things to do.”

Northeastern Law Professor Michael Meltsner agreed.

“This would last about 10 seconds in a court of law,” Meltsner told Boston Magazine. ““It’s preposterous that any elected official would think they could do this.”

Hunt argued that he filed the bill at the request of one of his constituents.

“Any time a constituent approaches me with something that is of concern to them, I follow through with it,” he told the Boston Herald. “In this instance, someone asked me to file a bill that they deemed was important and I thought it was a good exercise to let that bill go through the process.”

Hunt further defended the proposed legislation in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

“One of the responsibilities of all Representatives is to serve as a conduit for direct petitions from our constituents to the General Court,” he wrote. “It’s a long-held tradition that gives every Massachusetts resident a voice inside the halls of the State House and a chance to raise their personal interests before the legislature.”

“While this specific instance may amuse some and alarm others, it remains a important process for self-representation,” he added.

Comments (62)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I'm so glad the Massachusetts legislature is focusing on the important issues... /s

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Would love to see one of his constituents tell him that constitutional carry is great and see how far he runs with that

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I was sure it was gonna be "booger".

flybynight
flybynight

Hey Hunt, you're a BITCH!!!!!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

What about the "C" word you little bitch?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The very idea of outlawing "words" is against everything our country was founded upon. There are already laws against using words in a particular order, like "I'm going to bomb that building", but a word, by itself should never be outlawed regardless how offensive some may find it. This idiot legislator needs to get a job teaching kindergarten, where they frown on that kind of language. Meanwhile, for all the adults in the world, I would like to dedicate the following montage to that bald headed bitch,,, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVR476WHmR8

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Well, lets take a look see how this will work. They will ban ALL RAP music because they use that word A LOT. This means they will ban rap "artists" from performing because they use that word A LOT. That also means many, many criminals they will arrest will also face another charge because they use that word A LOT when talking to police or anyone, male or female because they have no class.

Hdavis
Hdavis

It wont stand up long, but give it a try. Do these lawmakers not have anything more important to address?

Macgizzard
Macgizzard

Sick sick sick. The mental disease is real and spreading smh. So you’re a canine of feminine persuasion you ftarded whining sniveling useless pos. I mean seriously WHEN are people going to tell these childish brats to put their heart back in their chest and GROW the fup!

JBo
JBo

Let's pull out an Unabridged Webster's dictionary and highlight every word that might offend someone and make it unlawful. The new dictionary would be ohhh...a couple of pages long.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

What about dickhead?

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Hey, how about doing you JOB for the people of Mass. and stop screwing around with this PC crap just to BUY a few PC Votes fella!!!!!

GoPoliceGo
GoPoliceGo

Dan Hunt. Stupid B**ch.

GoPoliceGo
GoPoliceGo

PS - Write and call to tell him what you think:

Rep Daniel Hunt (D) 24 Beacon St. Room 166 Boston, MA, 02133 Phone: (617) 722-2692

rosehead
rosehead

I believe if this is passed I will go there just to call you a bitch anyone heard of the constitution

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

After they take the First Amendment, they will come for the rest of them, and we will not be able to say anything about it.

The penalty for using foul language should generally not be a criminal one; it should be one related personal karma points.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Hunt actually spells his name with a C not an H.

tfort
tfort

This has to be from The Onion

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

They will ban most rap music and black comedians for heavy use of the words bitch and nigger

javaguy746
javaguy746

BITCH BITCH BITCH BITCH BITCH BITCH BITCH BITCH BITCH BITCH BITCH BITCH

Dark_ePoch
Dark_ePoch

If he wants to start banning words, isn't B pretty far down the list? It's at least 6th in my book.

And to me clear, the whole idea is unconstitutional and stupid.

Judid292
Judid292

Just a waste of time and money..... we could ban the word ass, I’m sure those animals are offended. Lmfao, bitch!

PipMom
PipMom

Bitch please!

Stanracer
Stanracer

There's always someone bitching about something!🤔👎

vwiles34
vwiles34

Now if they could only pass a law against walking around with your pants pulled down past your butt to show off your underwear.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Someone should make Mr. Hunt watch this South Park episode over and over. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9AT3jjAP0Y

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

THIS BALD-HEADED, BITCH-FACED BASTARD NEEDS TO GROW UP AND STOP BITCHING ABOUT THE USE OF THE WORD "BITCH"!!!!!!!!

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Okay, what about cunt? If you would like I can find a boatload of words we can "lynch" people for.

61mouse
61mouse

What a fucking ass BITCH !!!!

61mouse
61mouse

I thing we need to ban the word DEMOCRATS

Toymover
Toymover

How much do we Pay You?? And this is what you are working On??

mach0017
mach0017

If the word "bitch" is to be outlawed, I can think of a lot worse words that should be outlawed first (you know the ones I mean), to see if the concept of outlawing words is doable. If that works, this might grow to include words like "mean" and "uncivil."

Motorcop43
Motorcop43

The word BITCH is a pressing matter for this asshat? Really! Turd!

BigPapaFrosty
BigPapaFrosty

Can anyone remember when if you use vulgar language in front of ladies or children your jaw would have been hurting. My family did curse in the house or public and they didn't use the f bombs at all. My first time of that language what at an depot in SC as we made our way off the bus! My grandfather use to say you can tell an man's education by the way he speaks boy my DI was one of the dumbest man alive.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

Bitch, please.