In news out of Chaska: Some old guy was arrested for starting a fight with a younger dude over his sagging pants.
Question #1: Was “sagging” ever “in style”? Because rampant sagging has been going on for at least 15 years now. If this is a trend, shouldn’t it go away at some point?
Question #2: Although most people will generally concede that folks should be left alone to dress as they want, how acceptable should it be to be openly annoyed by saggers?
Sagging is associated with hip-hop culture, so it could be perceived as racist to hate saggers — even if the sagger is white. But the fact remains that no one wears their pants that way because it’s comfortable. Pants are worn that way to make a statement. Of course, almost every decision about what to wear is based on making a statement, whether that statement is “I am a responsible and professional person who should be hired to represent your firm” or “I enjoy stock car racing” or “I want to emulate people who are in prison and can’t wear belts for safety reasons, because that makes me a bad ass.” Doesn’t it make sense to be annoyed a little by that last statement?
3) Does a small part of you root for an old guy grabbing a dude’s pants and yanking them up — even though you wonder if his heart is in the right place or not?
4) Do you think sagging’s popularity might be a backlash against David Lee Roth’s outlandishly high-worn pants in his 1991 video “Sensible Shoes”?
OK, forget I asked that last question.