As I sat down to my desk Thursday to publish that day’s blog post, I received a phone call from AT&T informing me they were about to disconnect the phone in order to replace the telephone line coming into the property. Within minutes I had a dead internet connection. Ok, hadn’t planned on that so I consoled myself by canning 5 pints of raspberry jam and 4 pints of sweet pickle relish.
Concerning Wednesday’s blog post regarding Deshon Marman being removed from a US Airways flight after refusing to hike up his sagging pants, a few thoughts.
I’m not letting through most of the comments which reference racism. Sagging pants appears to be more of a generational thing than a racial fashion statement. I don’t know whereabouts readers live but in my neck of the woods, I see more white kids than black wearing them. Besides, did anyone actually watch the videos I posted or click the internal links? The black politician with his almost entirely black staff initiating a crusade against sagging pants? Or the black clothing designer who referred to sagging pants as akin to “cussing around your mother, it’s not something you want to do”? Disliking sagging pants has absolutely nothing to do with racism. Besides, several readers pointed out that earlier a white female was removed from a plane for inappropriate clothing choices. She made the media circuit modeling what she was wearing when she was asked to exit the plane but her case never made quite the media stir that Marman has.
Several readers pointed out the apparent double standard that a white male dressed in skanky drag was not asked to change his clothing despite complaints by fellow passengers. In the National Public Radio article, US Airways spokesperson claims that Marman was exposing a “body part”. One presumes, due to the location of the clothing disfunction, that the body part in question was his penis or buttocks. I’m sorry but freedom of expression does not extend to the right to expose body parts the vast majority of the population would prefer to not have to see in public. Anyone who has been around male family members who prefer boxers knows that accidental escapes from the loosely buttoned fly is not uncommon so it was certainly within the realm of possibility that Marman exposed more than he intended to.
As for the skanky cross dresser, there is no double standard on my part. He should have been told to cover up his minimally adequate blue skivvies with a pair of pants. Given how low ridng these skivvies are, I’m betting people were treated to views of his butt crack. Does anyone remember the reality series “Airport” which focused on Southwest Airlines customer service? They routinely asked passengers to change cloths and even went so far as to buy pants from an airport store for customers to wear. Blue skivvied, skank man would have never stood a chance getting on a Southwest Airlines plane dressed like this……
Bint commented that there was a prior Ehell story in which a minister’s wife took issue with a bride’s choice of wedding dress and then referenced me as saying, “Ehell Dame responded that there was no etiquette violation in someone wearing something that didn’t break a dress code but that someone else just didn’t like. In fact there were a couple of stories where this was pointed out.” The story in question was about different tastes in wedding dress styles, not an opposition to a skanky wedding dress. No one has ever read of me defending someone’s right to dress in a manner which offends many people with a lack of propriety. I’ve written many times that I have no interest in seeing boobs, cleavages down to the belly button, butt cracks, purposely promoted genital bulges, treasure trails, penises escaping through the fly or peeking from under too short shorts, what color your underwear or thong is, and what color your pubic hair is. Just spare me, OK? TMI overload.
A person’s freedom to wear whatever they wish must be balanced with self restraint to not push that freedom so far that it offends people with excessive displays of body parts many people would prefer not to see in public. When people fail to execute any self restraint in how they express themselves publicly, that is when external restraint becomes necessary. Wear a thong bikini in a family oriented hotel’s pool and you will be asked to leave. Wear your pants so low that your penis is in danger is making a surprise guest appearance, you will be asked to cage him more appropriately.