Saturday, September 3, 2011

Clothing Censorship…The Sagging Pants Syndrome

Ray J
Sagging pants can be sexy. But like with anything in life there has to be moderation. If your pants are sagging down to your ass and your underwear is greeting me with a big fat “hello,” you have crossed the sagging pants line. However, if your pants are sagging just right (say to your hipbone), it can be a real turn on…to me anyway. A man that has mastered the art of the sag is a man that I’m sure plenty of women find sexy.

Okay. So now that I got that out of the way, let’s talk about the recent sagging pants situation that happened in the news. The front man of Green Day (singer Billie Joe Armstrong) was asked to leave a flight because his pants were sagging too low. Since then, Southwest Airlines has apologized, but Armstrong’s response was on point. He said, “WTF, don’t you have better things to do than worry about that?”

Deshon Marman, a black college football player was cited for trespassing and arrested back in June after a flight attendant asked him to leave a plane because his pants were past his butt. Of course there is a disparity in the treatment of the two men. But we all know that the system does not always treat black people fairly in anything, so that’s not the focus of this post.

What gets to me is the fact that airlines are focusing on how low a man’s pants hang. We are a nation that is under the constant threat of a terrorist attack and yet our airlines are trying to control pants. Something is wrong with that picture. If a plane gets blown to smithereens, would that even matter? Hell no! A message to the airlines: there are bigger fish to fry.

Since when did we become a nation that advocates clothing censorship? The United States was founded on certain basic rights and one of them extends to the freedom to dress as you please. You can’t walk around naked, of course, but you should be able to decide which fashion you want to take part in—or not.

Don’t get me wrong. Like I said before, I can’t stand sagging pants that come down to a man’s butt. Plumber’s crack or seeing your underwear is not for me. But at the same time, I would never try to tell someone how they should dress. God has given us eyes that can move for a reason…so that we can look the other way.

If these organizations can determine how a person dresses, what’s next? Perhaps they will ban dashikis (something that I love) or something that you are fond of. I would rather see men motivating other men not to wear their pants too low, rather than have some flight attendant at a random airline telling someone how they should dress. Let’s not get on that slippery slope because if we do, it’s all downhill from there. 

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