October 24, 2007
PUSH ON TO PULL UP PANTS
I've been noting with interest reports from all around the country—Dallas, Cleveland, all over—saying the same thing. Folks have seen enough of teenagers wearing saggy pants with the waist so far down it shows half their underwear and the crotch hits them at about the knees. For the life of me, I can't see how they can even walk like that without tripping.
Don't get me wrong. I'm extremely reluctant to place restrictions on personal liberties. I also know that, within the limits of reason and decency, every young generation has its own fashion code and old guys like me usually don't like it, anymore than they admire what we think looks good. Most trends, though considered by those outside the fashion craze loop to be eccentric, are at least tolerable. But, I'm sorry kids, your underwear is meant to be worn under your pants, and the rest of us are sick of seeing it. Even more sickening is those who don't wear any and let the rest of the world know. It also looks dumb to wear your pants so loose that you look like a clown about to trip over his own britches.
Proposals to ban saggy pants have been proposed in Atlanta and Trenton, New Jersey. A town in Louisiana has passed an ordinance that carries a $500 fine for such disgusting displays and billboards are going up in Dallas saying, "Pull 'em up." Perhaps the best remedy would be if more parents would deliver an old fashioned swift kick in the baggy seat if their kid tried going around in such disrespectful garb.