“We have a lot of older people here who don’t want to see it. A lot of middle-aged people don’t want to see it either,” said Goodman, 66. “They don’t want to see anybody walking around with their pants down with underwear that is showing.
“That is something that has never struck my fancy,” he added.
Goodman said he first proposed banning saggy pants when he took office in 2008, but the legislation fell by the wayside. Still, he couldn’t take the low-riding trousers any longer. Every time he goes to the grocery store or department store, he sees it.
“Seeing the young boys with pants hanging down, having to walk wide-legged, holding their pants up to keep them from falling down—now it’s gotten real bad,” Goodman said. “It’s something I couldn’t take no more.”
So Goodman turned to the Lord for the legislative inspiration, though it’s unclear how many inches would be too short or too low for proper pants-wearing.
“I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it,” Goodman said. “What would God do? Did God go around doing this?”
The councilman added: “He would show me this saggy pant—it’s one of the things He did not do. It is not in His orders to do that to gain eternal life.”
At a council meeting this month, Goodman explained how drooping denim is “disrespectful,” a bad example to children, and bars the wearer from gainful employment. He told his colleagues what he told a Daily Beast reporter: “I prayed about this. I know that God would not go around with pants down.”
Councilwoman Stephanie Kelley suggested outlawing short skirts and shorts too, so that the ordinance doesn’t show “favoritism.”
A nurse who’s been on the council for a year, Kelley told The Daily Beast, “We just want to make sure people are decent.”
“My comment was if they are going to point at the guys, they should point at the girls too,” Kelley said. “When you got on short shorts or a short skirt, leaving nothing to the imagination… it’s like you’re advertising.”
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SOURCE: The Daily Beast – Kate Briquelet