Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Watch out for anti-gay message from saggy-pants foes

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 3:44 PM

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Charleston City Council deferred a vote last night on whether to ban saggy pants, but supporters of the ban gave a few hints in their message to street thugs who where their pants low: you're so gay.

"Sag came from prison and (it shows) whether you’re available to other men," says Councilman Robert Mitchell.

"That’s a sign that I’m your boy tonight," says Councilman Larry Shirley.

Questioning the manhood of young men with saggy pants has been a tool in other communities as well. In Dallas, the campaign to combat the fad included a song about pulling your pants up, as well as a billboard sign.

An accompanying billboard says it's rude to be "walking around showin' your behind to other dudes." The song's refrain is "Be a real man — pull your pants up."

Andrew Jones commented on a line about living "on the down low" — common slang for a man who has secret sexual encounters with other men.''It's cute when homophobia is part of a citywide campaign," Jones wrote. "Shaming the youth by calling them gay, love that from the government."

Snopes.com says it's the lack of belts in prison, not sexual desire, that started the trend.

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