Saggy Pants Will Bring About Societal Downfall, Says Louisiana Town


Would you like to wear low-riding, voluminous pants, and walk around in public? If you live in (the vaguely magical-sounding) Terrebone Parish, Louisiana, it'll cost you. In a big "Get off my lawn!" to the town's teenagers, city council just voted 8-to-1 in favor of an ordinance that makes sagging illegal.

That'll be $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second, and another $100 plus 16 hours of community service (Cleaning up road-side litter while wearing high-waisted pleated khakis?) for the third.

While some may accuse the new law of singling out young black men — who are already unfairly targeted by law enforcement — Terrebone NAACP president Jerome Boykin begs to differ. "There is nothing positive about people wearing saggy pants," Boykin said. "This is not a black issue, this is not a white issue, this is a people issue."

He continued, "Young men who were in prison who wanted to have sex with other men would send a signal to another man with his pants below his waist.” Oh. So...nope! Not a black issue, or a white issue. Just a gay issue.

If it's that easy to dictate what people wear based on your own personal biases, I declare myself president of the StyleBistro offices, and everyone must wear unicorn onesies at all times,

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