From the BBC:
A law that landed a Florida teenager in jail for having sagging jeans that exposed his underwear is unconstitutional, a judge has decided.
The 17-year-old spent a night in jail after police arrested him for exposing 4in (10cm) of boxer shorts in Riviera Beach, south-east Florida.
Town voters backed the law in March after supporters raised a petition.
However, a circuit judge ruled that the law was unconstitutional based on “the limited facts” of the case.
Carol Bickerstaff, defending teenager Julius Hart, had urged Judge Paul Moyle to throw out the law, saying: “Your honour, we now have the fashion police.”
Before making his ruling, Judge Moyle said: “We’re not talking about exposure of buttocks. No. We’re talking about someone who has on pants whose underwear are apparently visible to a police officer who then makes an arrest, and the basis is he’s then held overnight.”
According to the same article, cities across the country are considering similar legislation. Hopefully they are paying attention to what’s happening in Florida and shelving this foolishness. That’s all this country needs: more restrictive and hard to enforce laws on the books. It’s not like our courts and prisons aren’t already over crowded and our police aren’t already overtaxed. Crazy stuff.
Does anyone really think this is going to work? Don’t they understand the rebellious mindset of young people? Why didn’t government ban long hair and blue jeans in the sixties? (my dad would’ve loved that). Maybe it’s because a lot of those kids were already pissed off and staging protests and sit ins etc. – no reason to add fuel to the flames.
Anyone remember any child psychology? A sure fire way to have more kids wearing their pants around their knees is for old farts to tell them they can’t. If you really want to kill this silly fashion trend then have George Bush or David Hasslehoff start pulling their pants down. That’ll make it a very uncool thing to do, overnight.
Young people already think older people are a bunch of stiffs who are uptight about stupid things – why do we want to go ahead and prove their point for heaven’s sake? There are enough things to be worrying about already without wasting our time over the bad fashion sense of goofy kids (And it is bad fashion sense – ugly, stupid, dumb and impractical. But so are most young people, God love ’em – what do we expect?)
Anyway, we need to get our own houses in order first before we start pointing fingers at the kids. Droopy drawers don’t offend me as much as some of these other fashion statements do:
Jeesh! I don’t know which one is the worst (OK, yeah. The last one is.) but the droopy drawers set’s got nothin’ on these fashion assassins. As my late friend Dave Hammond used to say when encountering an underdressed yet ample passerby; “There oughta be a law!” (but then I might have to get rid of my bright yellow and orange tropical shirt – it is sooo ugly!)