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26 April 2004 @ 01:25 pm
Keep Your Personal Dislikes To Yourself  
A bill filed Tuesday in the Lousianna House of Reps would make it a crime to wear pants below the waist.

You see? THIS is what comes of allowing laws to get passed based on personal feelings instead of the facts of the greatest need. A dangerous precedent, indeed. This is certainly not worthy of a law...but some jackass thinks so.

"I'm sick of seeing it," said Derrick Shepherd, a first-term legislator, who added he's gotten similar complaints from ministers in his district. "The community's outraged. And if parents can't do their job, if parents can't regulate what their children wear, then there should be a law."

The community? Some ministers agree with his uber-conservative view, and suddenly it's a community standards? I think not. Ignoring for the moment the idea of a separation between church and state and why it's a good thing, this is just blatantly stupid. So, now it's your job to regulate things for the parents? What are you gonna tell the parents they have to make their children do next? Here's a thought: if parents aren't 'regulating' this, maybe the community doesn't see it as a problem.

Now, don't get me wrong. I think this trend of wearing the very low-slung pants with the hiked-up thongs is just plain goofy-looking, and even worse is the several-sizes-too-big pants hanging somewhere around the wearer's lower buttocks. Pointless and dumb looking, in my opinion...but I damn sure do not favour a law against it.
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Scarletscarletdemon on April 26th, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)
That's insane.
egonix on April 26th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
People Still dress like this in Lousianna? I'd like to see an M.I.T. study on the effects on a community from Teenagers Wearing baggy pants.

That's good you're keeping an ear open on this sort of stuff because you know if they passed that, they'd start on a bill that bans clothes with pentagrams and winged beasts and hellfire on them next.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on April 26th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
And if pentagrams and hellfire are outlawed, only outlaws will wear them...Hail The Outlaws!
c_rocker28 on April 26th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
Living in Lousiana I am appalled at this proposed law. Pisses me off.

Shit like this is so stupid.. they're trying to control us more and more. Growls.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on April 26th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)
What's next? Pentagram earrings or necklaces, because some ministers don't like that, either? What about heavy metal band t-shirts?

This can just go way too far.
Sphynx: Do Not Meddle in the Affairs of Dragonstheatresphynx on April 26th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
I wear a tiny silve pentagram around my neck. Tiny, as in, like 2 cm across. The security officers of my high school tried to make me take it off becuase it was against the dress code. Lovely lovely laws we have floating around.
delilahbowie on April 26th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
"Hopefully, if we pull up their pants", he said, "we can lift their minds while we're at it."

wow. that's really, uhm, wow.
Woapalanne the Sciomancerwoap on April 26th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)
Wait, they want to make a law because PARENTS can't control their kids? What about adults who do it?

I vote for regime change in the USA. Out with the insane loonies and in with people with a MODICUM of common sense.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on April 26th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm all for that...sadly, you'd have to convince the rest of the loonies to vote for it.
dream_seer on April 26th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
I was reading about this in the paper the other day. I am more than appalled at it. As much as I don't like the look of baggy ass clothes and seeing boxer shots with jeans belted up under their asses, it is their choice.

This is one more way for the gov't to control us.
kitty_blackwell on April 26th, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
In the 1400's, a king passed an edict against men wearing pointy shoes past a certain limit. There were also various laws passed over the centuries regarding height of wigs, width of skirts, etc etc...And during the 20's, several states tried to pass laws against how high a skirt could come above the ankles. Once upon a time, our parents weren't allowed to wear blue jeans to school.
And everytime, the laws have failed and the trendy youth have rebelled by being even more outrageous...I think now would be a good time for some of our lawmakers to sit back and put matters into some historical perspective.

With that being said, I am sick of seeing my son's underwear and my daughter's butt I tell our son to put on a belt and our daughter to pull her pants up and wear longer shirts. But then I'm the one who buys this shit for them in the first place, because in some cases it's all you can find at the store anyway -- and this is for KIDS, mind you, who aren't even teenagers yet...the 80's is coming back in style, thankfully, so both parents and lawmakers alike should just let fashion run its course...
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on April 26th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
LOL...well, the article even states that the chances of it's passing are slim to nil, but it's the concept that's bad enough.

Like I said, i don't agree with this sort of thing...even though i hate seeing the fashion. Can't exactly regulate taste.
ex_hestia on April 26th, 2004 04:31 pm (UTC)
Who the fuck do these people think they are? I think they're philistines with inflated egos.
fear & loathing on capitol hillgonzo_md on April 26th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
further proof of the coming end of civillization as we know it...
Donna: abercrombiesouthernred on April 26th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
Hip huggers are great and so comfortable.
I didn't like them at first, now I love them.
Please ~no high waist jeans~~~~~~
Chrisclipdude on April 26th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a proposal aiming to make the voters back home happy, rather than because they think it will really pass.
Barbara Dearaujoibdreamy on April 26th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
I heard about this on the radio.
*points to icon*

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God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on April 26th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC)
Neat stuff!
Barbara Dearaujo: butt crackibdreamy on April 26th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
Duh..I forgot to use the icon. Haha! Just in case you were wondering what points to icon was supposed to mean.
*I should of had a V8*
Johann D Wickedestplasticrapping on April 26th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)
God damn! Thats insane! It won't hold up in court thats for sure...

Thats the problem with america these days. People can't leave opinions as just opinions, and seek to enforce their views upon others.
kitty_blackwell on April 26th, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC)
As I was telling archmage, America is just one of a long list of countries where those in charge have sought to impose "sumptuary laws" over the centuries. It didn't work in the 1400's with pointed shoes, it didn't stop the peasants from wearing red in the 1600's, or the flappers from shortening their skirts in the 20's. So we can safely assume it won't work now either. Then again, the reason powdered wigs finally went out of style was due to a "powder tax", so while a conservative extremist may want to ban hip huggers, let's hope his more liberal brethren don't catch wind and decide to impose a "thong tax" instead. ;)
Nathanneoatmus on April 26th, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC)
I wonder if we'll pass a law against tube socks or certain hairstyles. Who elected those guys?