Russell Simmons Wants to Stop the “Stop the Sag” Campaign
I had an encounter with sagging pants the other day as I walked to work. In front of me was a young kid with very low slung jeans. One hand was pulling a dolly while the other was carrying a box. Neither were free to hoist up his jeans that wriggled lower and lower with each step. So, instead the boy took to walking like he’d just gotten off a horse; big, wide bent-knee strides. The pants managed to stay up, but it seemed like a lot of work. Regardless of this humorous anecdote, this really isn’t a problem that requires government involvement. Russell Simmons agrees.
Do we need a government campaign to stop boys from wearing saggy pants? No. The government has enough involvement in our lives. The last thing we need is to be taking fashion advice from politicians. I’m pretty sure there are better uses for the $20,000 New York State Senator Eric Adams spent on billboards promoting his campaign. Simmons called the billboards “wrong-headed” and “a waste of time,” saying that they are an example of adults trying to suppress the creativity of kids. Whoa! Let’s reel it back in a little, Russell. A kids’ creativity is not directly linked to the amount of underwear showing over his pants. But he’s on-point about how absurd the campaign is.
What is Sen. Adams’ ultimate goal? To make saggy pants illegal? Sure, its a ridiculous style, but to make it criminal? That’s even more ludacris. Even President Obama commented on the style during his campaign, but said ordinances attempting to ban sagging pants are, say it with me now, “a waste of time.”