I Can See Your Entire Ass In Those Jeans, Part 3: “A HISTORY: Poverty, Booty And Criminal Intent”
SERIOUSLY. Does it even matter what the history is behind this scurge? This fad has had a strangle-hold on the urban community and the society at-large for a generation or two now. This isn’t fashion, style or swagger, this isn’t even acceptable human attire. it should be against the law (wait let me not get ahead of myself…) I don’t want historians to put this trend in the record books as being representative of my era. That would be a blight on my generation- Levi Strauss is turning grave. What would The Big Book Of History say when the get to dungarees: “towards the latter part of the Twentieth Century urban men explored gravity-defying feats of pantaloonage. Belts became obsolete because the waistline moved to the thighs and the Penguin Walk was created. This is the trend that catapulted the Pussy Push Movement of 2018 when a large portion of society’s females turned to Lesbianism out of pure dissatisfaction for what the modern man had become… That might be the scene, as historians look back on this era in a generation or two. I wonder how people are going to describe this trend once it eventually dies out.
You cant describe something without starting at the beginning. After all, how will you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. In other words, you have to go back to go forward. Speaking of Back2GoForward, Mateo, friend and guest blogger to the site, gave me some insight on one of the origins of this craze:
When the 70’s heroin epidemic hit, shit got hard, and then 80’s crack wave washed through the hood, it shattered families that were already struggling. Hand-me-downs or HCRP (hood clothing recycling program) became an everyday staple in life. Many children would show up to school not with the latest fashion, but with what their older siblings’ wore for school the year before (sometimes two and three years.) Hence the ill-fitting clothes.
Rap artists in the 90 like Naughty By Nature helped push it into mainstream America, forever changing a once hood struggle into a false movement. Like all things we turned it into a way of being- a universal sign of poverty, glorified by people that can’t even relate to true struggle. Just take a look at the older hip hop artist from back in the day: early LL Cool J, Run DMC who were ,at the time, making hit records, they weren’t wearing sagging pants. Along the way we forgot that you can move forward and beyond old concepts and ideas. So here we are in 2009 going into 2010 wearing two hundred dollar jeans that don’t even cover what they’re supposed to. Even with the wave of tight jeans I can not understand how those can be worn around your knees.
Haa! Skinny jeans at their knees…that’s so New York. They sometimes buy the jeans so tight, it can’t go all the up.
The drug epidemics of the 70s and 80s certainly did have an impact on the urban family dynamic and many ways. For one, there was no one there to tell Johnny to pull up his pants. We already know they’re too big for him, they’re his older brother’s. Like Mateo said, this turned into a movement, street style went mainstream and by the early-to-mid 90s everyone was wearing baggy jeans.
Mateo’s explanation of the history opened my eyes a little bit because I never thought of it like that. Fashion: just another victim of the crack epidemic… We all know there’s another place where the low jeans trend originated: [note: go to 2:00]
Wasn’t that nasty!? I don’t know how being someone’s bitch in the pen transcends to hood street wear- I tend not to fully believe that. Once someone gets out of prison and from underneath Bubba, I don’t think they would want to dress to remind them of that time. I think it’s two separate occurrences that parallel Either way, these kids better watch out, Fleece might be up for parole soon. They might just end up spending time in a cell with him if they keep it up- or if the keep their pants down rather…if you’re in Flint, Michigan at least, it’s a crime there:
I wonder is that really a crime? Those officers and officials are really cracking down…it must have finally effected Middle America… This kind of measure could never fly in NYC, NYPD does run 40,000 strong, but they are still outnumbered and what cop would really enforce this. It’s should be about caring about you’re own personal appearance, not being how to dress, by law. If the cops did want to write the ticket, they would have no problems, it’s not like the guys can run, anywhere-their pants are too low. If anything that would make it more appealing to some. Just like when they banned smoking in bars in New York, it didn’t stop people from smoking, it just forced them outside. You can’t always affect moral/social issues just by making it illegal.
So you never know where you’re going, unless you know where you came from. If you’re emulating prison bitchhood and poverty, where can you really be going.
See Related Posts:
- 12/14-I Can See Your Entire Ass In Those Jeans: “March Of The ‘Penguin Walk'”
- 12/15-Attractions, Associations, Corporations And Exceptions: Whatever I Can See Your Entire Ass In Those Jeans on Tamika/@CultureFlyy’s blog, www.CultureFlyy.com
- 12/17-Excuse Me, Your Pants Are Falling: “…No Child Of Mine” written with Fariyal/@FariyalB and Mateo on his blog, www.Back2GoForward.com
- 12/18-I Can See Your Entire Ass In Those Jeans: “Gone Global” written in part by Elaine/@Elee1986
*post script: Shaking My Head Moment* The entire time this fool waited on this long-ass ATM line at Bank Of America, he kept pulling up his pants. Of course they fell right back down, he doesn’t have a belt on-or it’s just there for decoration. So I wonder, if it’s truly comfortable to wear your pants a half foot below your waistline, why the need to keep adjusting your pants? Let’s not forget, if the belt line of your pants are hanging near the bottom of your boxers, when you go to pull them up, you give yourself a wedgey.