Over the last six months, I have travelled to several states within the United States of America. During my journeys, I continue to be baffled and piqued by the fashion trend that is sweeping the nation. Young men and women of all ethnicities: Caucasian, African-American, Lainos, Asian, wearing their trousers in a vulgar manner. These individuals chosed to wear their trousers showcasing their underwear. Some of them even wear their trousers below the buttocks revealing parts of the anatomy which should always be covered up in public.
When and where did this fashion trend became so prevalent in our communities? I was told it started in the prison system with prisoners who because of safety reasons were not allowed to wear belts, so their trousers fitted them on the hips. Why then do young men and women wearing belts in their trousers still wear them below the buttocks? Have you noticed how these individuals walk? It is comical watching them walk while using one hand to hold their trousers up or strutting their legs to a wider stance to keep the pants from falling to the ground. Their strut reminds me of the way ducks move. And, no offense to duck lovers, but we all know how smart ducks are.
I don’t have the answer to this issue, but the behavior is so disturbing that a song, “Pants On The Ground,” performed by a contestant on the widely watched TV show “American Idol” created a world-wide rave. The song’s chorus admonished young men and women to “pull their pants up.” Our collective voices must continue to impress upon our youth that most of the times in life you do not get a second chance to make a first impression. And, while it may seem hip to them to wear their pants beneath the buttocks, the majority of our society view this fashion trend as adding no value to one’s appearance and it projects a negative self-image.
So young men and women, pull your trousers up, please!