Low pants have no chance in Louisiana’s capital
Baton Rouge, La., officials want the youths in that city to pull up their pants! Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle is drumming up support for a public awareness campaign against men who wear their pants so low that their boxer shorts show, according to the Associated Press. Her slogan for the campaign? “Low pants, no chance.”
Marcelle has proposed a resolution that says wearing saggy pants creates negative stereotypes and that “those who wear saggy pants are hurting their chances of becoming employable, educated and productive citizens.” “I hate to see it, and I see so much of it in my district,” Marcelle said in the AP report. “It’s disrespectful to the elderly, to young kids and to women.”
Marcelle said she would like to pass a law allowing police to cite and fine people for wearing saggy pants that expose their underwear, but she recognizes that constitutional issues prevent such a law, thus the idea for a public awareness campaign. The trend may be on its way out anyway, said Doze Butler, professor of apparel, merchandising and textiles at Baton Rouge’s Southern University. Fewer men wore saggy pants last semester on the university’s campus, she said. “I think it’s a trend that’s finally moving on,” Butler said.