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Another battle over free speech is brewing, this time in South Carolina, over a pair of plastic balls.

A police officer ticketed a 65-year-old grandmother after she parked her grandson's pickup truck at an Exxon station. Hanging off the back of the truck near the trailer hitch was a pair of bright red, plastic testicles.

Bonneau, S.C. Police Chief Franco Fuda asked Virginia Tice to remove the dangling ornaments, she refused.

Fuda said he was kind of shocked by the car's adornments:

"I've never seen a vehicle with a pair of testicles," he told AOL Autos. "I don't think that's natural."

And he certainly wasn't entertained:

"If some small child had seen it or if someone had pulled up with a clergyman in the car or an elderly grandmother, they would have to be confronted with that," he said. "I don't think that's amusing."

But Tice doesn't plan to pay the $445 ticket without a fight. She's asked for a jury trial.

Her attorney says this case is less about free speech, and more about whether or not his client broke the obscenity code. Since there were no images depicting intercourse and no human body parts shown, the case is pretty clear:

"It's not an obscenity issue," said Scott Bischoff, Tice's attorney. "The 'balls' don't "qualify as human body parts: They're red and they're from an animal."

Bischoff is representing Tice for free.

The South Carolina law governing bumper stickers, which says they can't be offensive or show excretory acts or human body parts, has been described as overly broad.

The plastic parts mimic steer testicles. Bischoff said the 17-year-old pickup owner was just using the decorations as "unique way of expressing himself."

The police chief doesn't buy that argument. "Freedom of speech is certainly protected, but it doesn't give you the freedom to break the law," Fuda said. "The law is on the book. It's very specific."

Bulls Balls are made by a company called Truck Nutz, which also makes a similar accessory called BikerBallz. The company is owned by 78-year-old Wilson Kemp, who bought the company about 10 years ago. He says they sell about 100,000 sets of balls annually. They go for $21 for plastic ones, and $46 for chrome.

They are intended to make people laugh, Kemp says.

"We intended to be humorous," he said. "We don't intend it to be offensive. If you're going to outlaw these, the next step would be to have people cover their pets and farm animals."

In the past five years, three states -- Maryland, Virginia, and Florida -- have tried to have their legislature open cases trying to ban these testicular decorations.

"In no case did it even come to a vote," he said, "it was so ridiculous."


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      CHACHI
      • 3 Years Ago
      that cop should go Lick em
      idontcare761
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's exactly what I meant with my earlier post eastport1111. It's a matter of taste. You don't like it , so don't put one on Your car or even look at another , once you notice it. Do we all have to have your sense of humor or taste? Would it be better if everything were painted in shades of gray? We all drive the same vehicle? We all dress the same , our homes exactly the same? It's not a matter of law or even taste. It's a matter of freedom to choose to be different. To enjoy whatever it is that can make us laugh and be happy. I see nothing in this article that says those plastic balls are banned by the federal government because they caused blindness or projectile vomiting in those that viewed them. Grow up , we are Not all the same , and for one , I am grateful for that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about those mud flabs truckers have showing the outline of a womans body? Are they illegial in redneck S Carolina as well? What planet have they been living on there? Personally I think the bull balls are assinine, but WHO CARES?
      Bruce & Claudia
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry. Is this the best that this site has to report on? So irrelevant. And why now? These things have been around for a long time. C'mon SC, get a grip.
      idontcare761
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many rights or freedoms do we have to lose before people in this country realize that big brother does indeed control their lives. They were meant to be humorous not offensive. If you are offended by plastic bull balls , don't look. The best part of being an American these days , we have the right to be different. We all don't have to agree on what's funny , or what's pretty or even what's stupid. The fact we can express an opinion still is amazing and wonderful. Don't take a basic freedom from us , the freedom to be funny in our own special ways. The freedom to decide what's funny to us. I'm sorry , but I'm tired of seeing things like this daily , or someone deciding a book should be banned from a library , or a painting shouldn't be on display because it isn't their idea of art. Our ancestors fought for our freedom of choice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The plastic parts mimic the steer testicles." Umm . . . a steer does not have that body part. It has been "de-balled."
      jumpinjohn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Balls said the Queen; if I had them I'd be King!
      jokerdano
      • 3 Years Ago
      The first time i saw a set balls on a truck I lol and said OMG. Then my wife ask what's so funny? I pointed and said look My wife LOL and said OMG He must be a real dork.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do these same prudes shudder when they see an intact male dog or horse? These folks have very clear heads to fret over this nonsense when the country is going down the crapper.
      kerpwnd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obviously, that policeman has never been to Texas.
      Dutchfox
      • 3 Years Ago
      In today's American society the public display of genitalia (fake or real) of either sex is offensive and inmature. That's why we wear clothes. We're suposed to be civliized, socialized human beings - not monkees or any other animal. Why can't I urinate or deficate in public? Dogs, horses, cats, birds, etc. do it. Why can't we?? BECAUSE WE'RE supposed to be HUMAN -- DUHH!! Keep ypur privates PRIVATE. What you do in private is YOUR business. What you do in public is MY business.! GROW UP!!
      jngall
      • 3 Years Ago
      Once again, South Carolina will be a laughing stock. If that cop hasn't seen them before, he must be blind. What a jerk. You go, Granny! And cudos th the lawyer for taking the case pro-bono!
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