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A Campaign Against Baggy Pants?

Submitted by on April 8, 2010 – 8:24 am16 Comments

New York State Sen. Eric Adams is responsible for this series of billboards, displayed in Brooklyn, New York.

They have emerged over the last two weeks, in an effort to persuade young men to stop wearing sagging pants.

Today, WWD.com reported what Adams had to say about the campaign, as well as hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and more:

“The sagging pants culture represents an immature disregard for the basic civility, courtesy and responsibility that our young men should display,” said Adams, who noted the trend was inspired by the loose, beltless look of prison garb.

“I like Sen. Adams, but this is wrong-headed and a waste of time,” said Russell Simmons, the founder of Phat Farm and Argyle Culture. “This is the latest example of adults trying to repress the creativity and individuality of kids. Why would kids want to dress like Sen. Adams? There is no connection to saggy pants and the ability to succeed. Just look at what buttoned-up America has done to the rest of the world and each other. Why can’t kids be different?”

“I wish he wouldn’t focus on African-Americans and instead talk about all races,” said Jeffrey Tweedy, vice president at Sean John. “Many different people are involved with this trend. It’s not just black kids. You can go to Washington Square Park and see skaters wearing tight Levi’s in a similar way.”

“AKOO stands for A King of Oneself, so we certainly promote excellence, noted Jason Geter, AKOO‘s co-founder. We encourage all young men to carry themselves in a respectable manner to decrease the chances of being singled out or judged in society. When it comes to fashion, always remember to dress for the occasion.”

Check out the video below:

What are your thoughts on this? Are the billboards out of line and a waste of time, or are sagging pants a serious issue?

Source: WWD

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  • RE51 Hon* says:

    what kind of bull ish is this. what happened to freedom of expression. WTF

  • Jordy says:

    They need to stop tellin people what to do…Always tryna be in everybody’s business.

  • Tezz says:

    People wore baggy pants back in the day because they were poor,brother’s would pass there jeans down Generation to Generation ,now everyone thinks its cool to look like a fool,kids see a few rapper’s rocking them and there like ohh he is doing so will i,people need to start thinking for them selfs,but i guess people that need Attention will get it 1 way or another,i am a very opened minded person baggy pants are fine but rocking them with your whole as$ hanging out,lol ,come on!!!!

  • ThrillogyX says:

    I think Sen. Eric Adams is stupid to be against baggy pants and tell people what to do. Plus what happened to freedom of expression.

  • Frost says:

    Well you can’t really stop people from doing what they’re going to do unless you mail out free belts.

    Personally, I think it’s stupid as hell. Stop acting broke and get a damn belt. It’s really not cute with your ass completely out. I’ve seen guys with their pants so low they have to hold them with both hands so they don’t drop to the floor, I’ll see pubes out, ass crack…

    Seriously? I think a dude is a joke whenever I see it.

  • Frost says:

    Oh, also wanted to add, I live in Atlanta, gay capital of the US, so I’m pretty sure all the gay men absolutely love it because more often than not, I can see the exact shape of a guy’s ass.

  • willie eldorado says:

    I’m white and i sag so why isnt this billboard directed at me as well? i wear a belt when i sag so i dont see how free belts would help, theres a time and a place for a sag when im at the mall best believe my jeans are off my ass but at work or at an important social event i clean up as nice as senator adams.

    and i fully agree with russel simmons why would i want to dress like the people who have made it hard for everybody else in America while their pockets get deeper and im struggling to pay a phone bill and afford a reliable car

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  • PCL says:

    The sagging-pants look is just another stupid fashion trend (like bell-bottoms and parachute-pants) that will be remembered with contempt and embarrassment when it has finally passed (I suspect that it is already passed its peak). Sen. Adams has as much right to rail against it as its promoters have to display it, but it will die out on its own; there is no need to ban it.

  • Dazz says:

    Eldorado….It’s not about what you or others choose to do. For the older generation of black men and women (Most of them) it’s about the fact that these so called trends are not representative of what our struggle for freedom was about. It was not about the freedom to look and act like a fool. It was about the rights and freedoms of those who have contributed greatly to this country and treated like animals in return. It was about having our contributions recognized as well as the fact that we are human….How dare Russel simmons and others like him call this a part of ours or any culture (While they count money)and say that it has nothing to do with ones ability to succeed. Most of those who sport these styles are more concerned with fitting in than succeeding at anything. Comments like these by simmons and others, as well as what they choose to stand by, contribute to the demise of black folks as well as any chance of us being taken seriously by the world in general, not just here in this country.

  • Jay M. says:

    Right. I thought this was America. Its a shame that the government can tell us HOW to wear our clothes. What RE51 Hon said, let us continue to express ourselves. If someone doesn’t like another person sagging ol’ well, don’t look. I hate when people tell me to pull my pants up, now its a law smh at America. People don’t do it out of disrespect and it isn’t harming anyone. People just need to calm down.

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  • Josh says:

    It’s known that senator Eric Adams besides being a corrupt politician gets aroused by saggy pants too.

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