Friday, January 09, 2009

Grenada pulls up saggy pants

For a long time now one of my pet peeves has been the saggy pants worn by young men these days. Not only do they look idiotic, but they stand the risk of tripping and falling on their silly heads.

I was therefore pleased to see that lawmen in Grenada have launched a campaign targeting youngsters who show their underwear in public by wearing their pants below their waistline.

According to the Nation Newspaper, the crusade is the latest of several new initiatives introduced by new police commissioner James Clarkson, who was sworn in shortly after last July's general election.

"There [are] some people, especially young men, who forgot at this point where their waist in their body is. They think their waist is by their knees," said Clarkson, who has also served in police forces in New York and Trinidad and Tobago.

"We need morals back in our society; so we are going to address this problem and remind them," he said.

The so-called "sagging pants" trend has been linked to the international hip hop culture but is said to have its roots in prisons where inmates' pants often hang off their butts because they are not allowed to wear belts.

Grenadian youngsters have also caught on to this growing fashion trend, made popular on videos of the rap genre and which has been a major subject of debate in the United States where some states have passed laws banning the practice.

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't believe in a police state, 'cause frankly it's crazy that lawmen have to waste their precious time to tell grown folks how to dress properly. I'm just glad someone is taking a stand on this parade of boxers and briefs going on. I mean, fellas, you look like you got up off the throne and forgot to fix yourselves properly. Get yourselves sorted. It's a new year.


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