Friday, July 30, 2010

"You Have the Right to Look Ridiculous!"

"A Bronx judge has thrown out a summons issued against a Bronx man for wearing saggy pants, finding that "the Constitution still leaves some opportunity for people to be foolish if they so desire."

Judge Ruben Franco said that although Julio Martinez may have offended the fashion police with his low-hanging and underwear-exposing pants, his manner of dress didn't deserve a ticket from a cop.

"While most of us may consider it distasteful, and indeed foolish, to wear one's pants so low as to expose the underwear . . . people can dress as they please, wear anything, so long as they do not offend public order and decency," the judge wrote..." (source)

First, I would like to comment that I thought the NYPD had a bit more to occupy themselves with than ticketing someone for exposed boxer shorts. If the Philly cops decided to follow suit, they would be doing nothing but giving fanny citations. I see this "style" everywhere. And it's spreading to the suburbs... (I read once that this was a prison fashion that denoted a willingness to 'be the girl' --don;t know if that's true, but tell kids that and the trend would probably end with a quickness...)

Anyway, my point was, as horrific the style (like the new one of wearing pulled up black socks with white sneakers AGH!) it's ridiculous to try to legislate fashion trends.

That being said, I would agree to Big Brother stepping in on one occasion...to outlaw these suckers! One of my Democrat friends assures me this is a bill that would garner bi-partisan support!

No comments: