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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Somebody's protesting too much

I waited next to a couple of kids in a fastfood line earlier. I say kids 'cause they were younger than me. They could've been in their early 20s.

Anyway, they kept laughing and talking about how "gay" something was. They were using the word as an insult, like fat, or nasty.

Funny thing is they were wearing those overly baggy jeans, and one of the guy's plaid boxers were showing - not a tough feat since the waistband of his pants was cinched at mid thigh. Every few seconds he'd tug at 'em to keep 'em up. And after one forgetful moment, the jeans dropped to his ankles. People laughed. His buddy pointed. It was funny and hopefully embarrassing to the butt-flasher.

So call it coincidence, but a buddy of mine at another newspaper came across this article from the Daily Mail in London and emailed it to me. The story and its theories are somewhat off the wall, but it carries enough humor to make you ask what is really "behind" the too-baggy jeans phenom:,,1667956,00.html

Maybe the baggy-wearers aren't tough macho guys after all. Maybe they're advertising, in a manner of speaking.


  • I always thought it was a G thing. Guys got out of jail, where they wore ill-fitting clothes and no belts. Least that's how it was splained to me.

    By Anonymous og, at 9:23 AM  

  • I remember quite clearly the first time I saw a kid with his whole a$$ hanging out the back of his pants- and these were not designer underwear.
    They were nasty threadbare old jockey knickers.

    Hartford, CT, c. 1992

    By Blogger laura, at 12:23 PM  

  • I know we wore some freaky stuff back in the 80s, but at least we managed to keep our clothes on (Madonna doesn't count)...when is this fad going to die out? It has definitely over-stayed its welcome and I don't think kids need to emulate jailhouse fashions...

    By Anonymous RockGirl68, at 8:16 AM  

  • I agree w/ og about the baggy style being born in jail, but it's also fathered by poverty since it used to be that most kids who had clothes that were too big weren't felons, but the recipients of hand-me-downs from older brothers and cousins. It used to be that wearing hand-me-downs and oversized clothes signified you didn't have any money or style. But in order to combat the feelings of inadequacy during the Cosby Era, young brothers embraced their poverty like they embraced the word n*gger. The attitude was turn the pain into your pride. You couldn't be Theo Huxtable or even his supposedly more thuggish buddy Cockroach in your uncle's oversized K-Mart Dickies and bo-bos. But you could be LL with the right pant leg up (to protect against damage from a bicycle chain). The desire to be proud of what you have in spite of the jeers of others makes people do strange things sometimes.

    By Anonymous Big Daddy, at 11:42 AM  

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