Oh pants

Just a brief post here, on the topic of a rather silly news story which exemplifies the phrase “only in America” (cheers to Richard Rutter for the link).

It turns out that, in the state of Virginia, a bill is in progress to make it illegal for someone to “expose his below-waist undergarments in an offensive manner”, in reference to the fashion trend of “low-riding”. (Look it up if you don’t know what it is, I’m not overly keen on posting a picture here for fear of giving the wrong impression.)

Fashion opinions aside, this bill is just silly. Thankfully the bill can still be stopped at the senate, but this would appear to be a triumph of – I’m not sure, something – against good old common sense. You just don’t go around banning fashion trends, even the really horrible ones. It’s just a total misuse of the legal system.

Algie Howell, the man behind this proposal, says:

“To vote for this bill would be to do something good not only for Virginia, but for this entire country.”

Yeah. Sure.

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