PANTS DOWN FASHION WILL GET YOU FINED IN TERREBONNE LOUISIANA – When I first came across this piece of news I wasn’t quite sure if it was a prank or not; let’s be honest not many officials have much in the way of common sense or the desire to put right what is often viewed as clearly wrong.
To my delight the story is completely true! Members of the Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana have answered public calls over the fashion statement of young guys wearing their pants almost around their knees. It looks unkempt and I am not in the least bit surprised that some find this fashion statement offensive.
The Terrebonne Parish has been informed that the ban is unconstitutional but it received the seal of improvement from the public in an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote; which is certainly democratic.
With the ban now firmly in place any violators will be hit with a $50 fine for the first offence while a repeated violation will cost $100. Any third time offenders will face a $100 fine plus 16 hours of community service.
Parishioners have taken the stance that this ‘fashion statement’ looks offensive and to show off someone’s backside in public is neither appropriate nor decent.
Of course this is so-called ‘youth fashion’ and the likes of Justin Bieber who sports such a look enforces it popularity. On that note Justin Bieber also walks around with an Ape like stoop which simply enforces my belief that evolution skipped this unfortunate individual.
Do you know where this trend originated? According to my bit of research it stems from the U.S Prison system. Apparently inmates were forbidden to wear belts, for fear of using them as a weapon or inflicting self-harm. This quickly became a fashion statement with hip-hop singers – no surprise there – who copied the look; or as some say were used to it considering the time some spent behind bars.
Regardless of the overwhelming vote to ban the look there are some who have come out to say that this move violates people’s constitutional rights under 14th Amendment which states; “No Citizen should be deprived of ‘life, liberty or property’ and that no person should be denied equal protection of the law.”
While the word ‘liberty’ would cover this it must be taken into consideration that this ban underwent a democratic vote I, like many others, feel the majority vote should remain in force.