College town bans bedsheet banners after vulgarity complaints

Published 2:47 pm Saturday, February 9, 2019

That college-town staple, the banner spray-painted on a bedsheet, is being furled in one Mississippi town.

The Oxford Eagle reports that aldermen have voted to ban the use of bed sheets as banners in Oxford.

Aldermen starting considering changes last year because of concerns about banners during the University of Mississippi football season that directed vulgarities at opposing football coaches.

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City codes say banners must be made of material able to withstand the weather while remaining intact and suitable for public display.

Along with bedsheets, the city also bans pennants, spinners, streamers and balloons in specific residential areas around the city.

The city is also considering a change that would limit more durable banners to 24 square feet (2.23 sq. meters) instead of the current 32 square feet (9.75 sq. meters).