The pants that scandalised the court
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 9:17a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The Scott Guy trial in recent days has focused on a pair of dive boots, but yesterday all eyes were on a reporter's gold-sequinned "disco" pants.
Laura McQuillan, journalist for NZ Newswire covering the trial, was asked by a registrar at Wellington High Court to leave before the lunch break.
McQuillan had already joked that morning about her distinctive choice of legwear on her Twitter account, and used the site to defend the "quite amazing" pants.
"I'm sitting under a table! No one even sees my legs!" she wrote.
When questioned as to whether they were actually pants, she said they were, "just tight and stretchy and bedazzled".
"I don't know why people are acting like they've never seen sequinned pants before."
Ms McQuillan also said no one cared "that time I got a Mohawk".
The topic of "The Pants That Scandalised The Court", as one Twitter user put it, lit up the blogosphere. Kiwiblog's David Farrar posted defended Ms McQuillan, saying it was "sexism".
"I’ve been on a media bench in jeans at court," he wrote.
"Would a guy have been kicked off for his choice of leg wear? Plus what does it matter, as you are sitting down and no one sees your legs anyway unless they are deliberately perving?"
Most of his readers weren't so forgiving.
"At the very least she should have been arrested for a crime against fashion," wrote one.
"Some people will never learn how to dress properly," wrote another. "She’s one of them."
Ms McQuillan brushed off the criticism, posting on Twitter: "Wish I'd consulted with the many women's fashion experts on Kiwiblog before getting dressed this morning! … They're really quite amazing. I'm sure the Kiwiblog commenters would agree if they saw them close up!"
There is not an official dress code for court reporters, though it is recommended women wear either a dress, a blouse and skirt, or a blouse and long pants.
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2/07/2012 1:36:52 a.m.
JW Slijm wrote:
Why stay in college? Why go to night school?
Gonna be different this time
Can't write a letter, can't send a postcard,
I can't write nothing at all
This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
this ain't no fooling around
I'd like to kiss you, I'd love you hold you
I ain't got no time for that now
30/06/2012 12:13:47 p.m.
Attention seeking gimmick.
30/06/2012 8:04:54 a.m.
Please let "disco duck" know, Studio 54 is closed.
Is this a NZ fashion statement?
30/06/2012 7:07:00 a.m.
Just brainless to think you can wear something like that.
29/06/2012 5:44:32 p.m.
Classic of this generation - these pants are amazing but hello no way appropriate for a court, very disrespectful.C'mon lovie grow up - you'vegot your 3 mins of fame!
29/06/2012 5:12:58 p.m.
She shouldn't be wearing them anyway - they make her legs look stumpy.
29/06/2012 1:18:00 p.m.
looking at this blog in comparison to others you can see tv3 news demographic compared to other purveyors of infotainment...gen Y alive and kicking.
The pants were inappropriate and disrespectful - oh that's right it's not about a murdered man it's about her rights to express herself. Just vacuous!
28/06/2012 7:28:39 p.m.
uhh, she didn't commit a crime. she's not a trial. most of you are a wee bit overreacting.
all she did was put some pants on y'all.
28/06/2012 7:25:29 p.m.
A bit annoyed that an obvious attention seeker is taking the focus off a MURDER TRIAL..........
Anything that's already been said IS TOO MUCH !!
28/06/2012 6:55:44 p.m.
Emma Bailey wrote:
Are these blackmilk tights , if so OMG COOL
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