06 May 2010

Are low-slung trousers a crime?

Should low-slung trousers be illegal? Not as ridiculous a sentence as it first seems – until yesterday, UK courts were weighing up whether to outlaw them.

Ellis Drummond, 18, was facing an asbo preventing him from ‘wearing trousers so low beneath the waistline that members of the public are able to see your underwear’. The court order would also ban him from wearing a hoodie (with the hood up that is) – but, get this, the dress code would only be enforced within the borough of Bedford. So in Milton Keynes, he can let it all hang out, but cross the border into Bedford and its waistband uuuup, hood dropped.
 
Convicted of assault and possession of drugs the Crown Prosecution Service were going to include the prohibitions in the asbo, but it’s now been decided the ban was ‘no longer necessary or proportionate to protect the public from further acts of anti-social behaviour.’  

Though Ellis Drummond has got off lightly, we doubt this is the last we hear of trousergate. Even President Obama has waded in on the issue. When asked if American states should ban ‘hiphop pants’ he said no, but added, ‘Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What's wrong with that? Come on.’

Mississippi is facing an enforced dress code if their Major gets his way and bans ‘saggy’ jeans. ‘In these neighborhoods, they're showing their naked behinds,’ said a councilmember.

But aren’t they just been harmlessly rebellious teenagers? Or should police be issuing belts instead of ankle tags?

By Amy Molloy


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