3/24/08

The Pound Cake Law

"People with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn’t that a sign of something or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn’t it a sign of something when she’s got her dress all the way up to the crack -- and got all kinds of needles and things going through her body. What part of Africa did this come from?"
--Bill Cosby, May 17, 2004 "Pound Cake" speech

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According to the March 14 edition of the Palm Beach Post: On Tuesday, voters in Riviera Beach overwhelmingly approved a new law that would make it a crime to wear pants that show skin or underwear.

The first offense carries a $150 fine or community service. A second infraction carries a $300 fine or more community service.

There's also a crackdown in Kansas.

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* Question: Is this only a problem in public schools? This sounds like another argument for school uniforms.

* It has been pointed out before that the baggy pants style comes from prison (prisoners not allowed to wear belts often walked around with their pants falling off their butts). That is a funny twist on the story, but irrelevant. The origin of a fashion (or policy) is irrelevant to whether or not it is good.

* Will the next crackdown be on girls with their thongs sticking out of their clothing?




1 comment:

j underhill said...

Oh my goodness!! Another "crackdown!"

A little bit different from the ones in the good old days in Korea, but nevertheless you are in your element here, I see.

I'd heard the prison story before, except with the addition that it wasn't everybody - just the male prostitutes, advertising availability.

I'm also tempted to Google the actual Riviera Beach law, because I've got a whole heck of a lot of these things called "shorts" that would have to be put away.