This weekend, in Baltimore, is the annual ‘Honfest’. The festival is said to be a celebration of the working women of Baltimore. But mostly, it’s just a fun, dress up party.
The festival has lots of ‘hons’ attending and is a big deal on The Avenue in Hampden. It has also turn into one of the biggest controversies in Hampden.
Last year, the owner of the Cafe Hon trademarked the word ‘hon’ and every kind of play on the word that you can think of. How in the world can you trademark such a common word? Everyone in Baltimore was upset about that. ‘Hon’ is a such a typical Baltimore term of endearment! Everyone calls everyone ‘hon’.
This year, since she is the person that founded and runs the festival, she has instituted new rules for the festival. Other merchants are not allowed to sell cats eye glasses, a staple of the ‘hon’ wardrobe.
The are not allowed to sell anything with the word ‘hon’ on it. No designer knock-off clothes or handbags. No weapons of any kinds, so I guess knife vendors will be out of luck. And, believe it or not, nothing in aerosol cans.
Now, this is cause for concern. Hons use tons of hairspray, real aerosol hairspray, to keep those beehive hairdos in place. There is even a beehive tent. How can they do beehives with no hairspray?
The person that runs the festival also prohibited anything political or religious. I can understand no political or religious booths, but you cannot stop a candidate from shaking hands and giving out literature, or a religious person from proselytising on the street. It’s a public street and is protected by the First Amendment – freedom of speech.
I am sure there will be protesters at the festival, as there were when the news of the trademark broke. I am sure there will be politicians, and prohibited items being sold. I’m sure there will be lots of fun. And I’m sure the controversy will eventually die down.
At least until the next ‘Hon’ fiasco!