Alabama House Passes Ban On Saggy Pants

State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery) has introduced a bill that tackles that pressing problem of the State of Alabama. No, not high unemployment or crime or foreclosures. He is moving a bill that would ban saggy pants. That’s right, the legislature of Alabama is close to passing a statewide ban on saggy pants. The only thing more questionable than its constitutionality is its necessity. While it may put him at odds with Arizona Democratic state Rep. Katie Hobbs to require airbrushing of any saggy images, they both seem to be working off the sense of legislative priorities.

For the record, I find saggy pants to be facially moronic and I will not deny that I find them disturbing. However, I find a lot of things disturbing in the modern culture. I find the song Muskrat Love to be deeply disturbing, but I do not advocate banning Muskrat Love or calling for the arrest of Captain & Tennille . . . well, not banning Muskrat Love.

Holmes bill passed the House by a 59-0 vote on Thursday. It only applies to wearing saggy pants in public. You can still prance around in your saggies at home.

Source: ABC

39 thoughts on “Alabama House Passes Ban On Saggy Pants”

  1. Ben, Were they squinting into the sun, while wearing backward caps?
    This was at night. Maybe they had caps for the street lights – a detail that I might have missed. : )

  2. Bettykath: “I approached an intersection and saw two young men on a street corner fighting. Each was trying to get in punches (unsuccessfully) while also holding up their pants (also unsuccessfully).”

    Were they squinting into the sun, while wearing backward caps?

  3. The history I heard is that belts were not allowed in jail and so many young men were in jail at one time or another that they, and their friends in solidarity, adopted the beltless, baggy look.

    I approached an intersection and saw two young men on a street corner fighting. Each was trying to get in punches (unsuccessfully) while also holding up their pants (also unsuccessfully). I had to pull over I was laughing so hard.

    As already said: leave the kids alone.

  4. What has the world come to when the people in power are more woried about their next election than the long term affects of the idiotic laws they force onto people or even care when what they are doing tramples peoples rights. I may be some dumb kid, and i do belive it is inappropriate to sagg your pants but to address something this miniscule when there are real problems that are causing real harm to people every day makes me dread what the future has instore for us.

  5. It’s incredible busy bodies like this ever get elected?!! I mean is this part of his platform? What were the elderly complaining that the “whipper-snappers” should pull up their pants and he decided to legislate it? It’s absurd what some people in politics claim to do in the name of the people. It’s the farthest from the truth, it’s small minded men like this that seem to make it into politics and simply want to control others, someone find a picture of this man with baggy pants and he’ll remove the law.

  6. Bette Noir: “The procedure now being legislated would be rape by instrumentality. One law would be in direct conflict with the other, in requiring doctors to commit rape, in order to obey the new law.”

    Right, it’s only transvaginal ultrasound if it’s voluntary, it’s object rape if it’s not. It didn’t take long for the Republican lege in Virginia to get to their bottom line regarding women.


    When I see baggies I think it’s cute. The last time the young man had the tip of a couple of his fingers in a belt loop and that hand pressed firmly to his lower hip (but with the fingers slightly curled so it looked casual) to keep his pants from falling and all the while he was working diligently to walk, carry a bag full of stuff with his other hand and look totally cool. It’s hard to look good in baggiess and I found this guy’s commitment to fashion endearing. I have noticed that fingers in loop/hand on hip as a prerequisite; it always makes me smile. Makes me think of the weird and often difficult to wear fashion I wore at that age, LOL, good times. Leave the kids alone.

  7. Dennis-

    Great story! When I was in high school there was a fad for wearing slacks that had a small 6 inch cloth belt sewn on the back just above the pockets. The belt had a small metal buckle in the center. After my Mom noticed that there were scratches on the wooden backs of the dining room chairs my brother and I sat in, the belts suddenly disappeared from the belt-in-the-back pants. The other guys were soon beltless, too- end of fad!

  8. I’d like to see a sensible licensing arrangement for mini skirts. Only women who could pass the inspection, having the right kind of legs and figure would be licensed to wear them.

  9. Oh NO!

    This will destroy one of the tenets of revolution, and restore one of the tenets of propaganda … (covering up assholes)!

    It could wipe out years of academic advance brought on by researchers, by Agnotologists … a moment of silence please … as a tear trickles down a crack hole …

  10. When one of my sons was 12, his circle of friends thought that the uniform of a skateboarder should include size 52 black jeans cinched at the waist and rolled up at the cuffs, a heavy metal band t-shirt, and a Fedora worn backwards. Since I wouldn’t let him shave his head, get a Mohawk, color his hair with a tube-writer, or pierce any body parts; I let him have his baggy black jeans. (He got really offended when retail store clerks followed him throughout the premises.)

    At a later teacher conference with one of his 8th grade teachers (who’d also allowed the size 52 pants), I was asked if I had some old clothes stashed in my attic or basement. I told her that I had a box of old clothes in my garage attic and hadn’t seen them in years. She told me that my son had handed out bags to 10 or 12 male friends. The boys all started arriving in blue and yellow striped jeans or 1970s flared corduroy pants (forest ranger green, powder blue, maroon), shirts with collars to their elbows, and pullover sweater vests. She made it clear that she was sharing an amusing story – not complaining.

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